The Distinguished Lecture Series at MCCC

"The Art of Flanders and Belgium" Oct. 14
"Lakota Indians and the American Experience" Oct. 19
"The Fertility of the Sea and the Cycles of Major and Trace Nutrients" Nov. 4

10-04-04

Mercer County Community College is offering three lectures in October and November as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. All presentations are free and open to the public. They will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the college's Communications Building, Room 110 on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. For more information call 609-586-4800 ext. 3324.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, Mel Leipzig, professor of art and art history at the college, will present “The Art of Flanders and Belgium.” Using a slide presentation, Professor Leipzig will focus on the work of Flemish artists including VanEyck, Bosch, Brueghel, Rubens and VanDyck, as well as modern Belgian artists such as Magritte, Ensor and Delvaux. Flanders became part of the kingdom of Belgium in 1830 so the art of the two countries is linked.

Leipzig, a Trenton resident, is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient. He has participated in numerous one-man and group shows from the East Coast to Moscow. The recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Paris in addition to many other awards, Leipzig earned a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University, and a certificate from The Cooper Union.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, lecturer and radio program host, will give a presentation entitled "The Lakota Indians and the American Experience." He will include original poetry, song and a variety of handmade native American instruments. Ghosthorse, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota, is a long time indigenous rights advocate. He presents traditional and contemporary Lakota stories, flute and vocal songs, and Plains sign language. His flute and vocal performances are rich with informative and inspirational stories of historical and modern-day American Indian culture. Ghosthorse holds Bachelor's degrees in Native American Studies and Communications.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, Professor Francois Morel, professor of Geosciences at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, will present a lecture on "The Fertility of the Sea and the Cycles of Major and Trace Nutrients." The talk is based on his research on marine microorganisms and their interactions with the global flux of elements essential to life, such as carbon, nitrogen and iron. Professor Morel is a member of scientific boards throughout the world and an environmental consultant to private firms and public interest groups.

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