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CONCERTS
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, Fresno Pacific University Jazz Band, McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, Fresno Pacific University Pacific Bronze handbell choirs, McDonald Hall Ashley Auditorium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, Fresno Pacific University Chamber Ensembles—Pacific Brass, No Strings Attached Wind Quintet, Perfect Fourths Saxophone Quartet—McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir Home Concert, Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, Fresno Pacific University String Quartet, McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, Fresno Pacific University Percussion Ensemble, Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Fresno Pacific University Musica Pacifica Orchestra, McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, Fresno Pacific University Women’s Chorale & Men’s Chorus, Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, Concert featuring the works of composer David Maslanka—Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band, No Strings Attached Wind Quintet, Perfect Fourths Saxophone Quartet & FPU Concert Choir, Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. $10 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Evening of Praise & Worship—Fresno Pacific University Crosswind ensemble, Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. Free. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Fresno Pacific University San Joaquin Chorale Pops Concert, Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno. $15 general admission, $10 seniors, students & FPU community, payable at the door. music@fresno.edu, events.fresno.edu/

CAMP

June 25-30 Sunday-Friday, Fresno Pacific University Summer Music Camp, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Contact Walter Saul at 559-453-2012, walter.saul@fresno.edu or fresno.edu/musiccamp

LECTURES

Noon-2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, “The Latin American Reformation, 1917-2017,” Todd Hartch, Ph.D., professor of history, Eastern Kentucky University. Part of the Fresno Pacific University ALAS Lecture Series. Steinert Campus Center 103, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Free, lunch provided. Register at latin-reformation.eventbrite.com

7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, “The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West,” Todd Hartch, Ph.D., professor of history, Eastern Kentucky University. Part of the Fresno Pacific University ALAS Lecture Series. BC Lounge, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Free, lunch provided. Register at latin-reformation.eventbrite.com


Lecture Series at Fresno Pacific University

uses culture to understand diversity

A new lecture series at Fresno Pacific University offers the public, students, faculty, administration and staff tools to succeed in a diverse world.

The ALAS Lecture Series comprises six public events and a series of related student activities. ALAS is Spanish for “wings” and stands for Advancing Latino Academic Success.

Speakers will present on subjects such as education, history and art in public sessions, and meet with students for more informal talks. Funding comes from a five-year, $2.36 million U.S. Department of Education grant to encourage Hispanic and low-income students to enroll in and graduate from FPU, which began in the fall of 2015.

The grant also financed the ALAS Multicultural Learning Center, located in Steinert Campus Center on the main campus, as well as efforts to broaden cultural content in new and existing courses and, in the fourth year, a minor in Latin American studies. (More about the grant at fresno.edu/news/11/09/2015/fresno-pacific-university-wins-federal-236-million-grant-encourage-hispanic-student)

The objective of the grant in general and the series in particular is student retention and graduation. “The goal is to try to provide skills and tools to facilitate diversity and the changes in society,” said Francisco De Canto Viterale, Ph.D., ALAS Title V project coordinator. “The final goal of everything is students,” said Gina Ponce de León, Ph.D., ALAS program director and associate professor of Spanish.

Public lectures:

“Education and Racial Identity: Textbooks and Blackness in the Dominican Republic,” Sheridan Wigginton, Ph.D., California Lutheran University, 12:00 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2017, Steinert Campus Center. (In partnership with the FPU Provost’s Office.)

“The Latin American Reformation, 1917-2017,” Todd Hartch, Ph.D., Eastern Kentucky University, 12:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017, Steinert Campus Center. (In partnership with the FPU History Department and the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences.)

“The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West,” Todd Hartch, Ph.D., Eastern Kentucky University, 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017, BC Lounge. (In partnership with the FPU History Department and the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences.)

“Relationship Between Ethnic Nationalist Groups and Catholicism and Protestantism in the 60s and 70s,” Felipe Hinojosa, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 12:45 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, Wiebe Educational Center.

“Latin American Art in the U.S.A.: East Coast West Coast Visual Artists of the 20th Century,” Lillian Mendez-Marzinek, Niagra University, 12:40 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017, Steinert Campus Center.

All events are free of charge and take place on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. For more information, contact Ponce de Leon at alas.coordinator@fresno.edu or 559-453-7183.


Art exhibits honor Mennonite women,

explore everyday life in Congo

A pair of upcoming art exhibits will honor women who led their families from suffering to peace and look at life in contemporary Congo.

“Along the Road to Freedom: Mennonite Women of Courage & Faith,” takes place March 14 through-May 6, 2017, in the Seminary Chapel, North Hall 123, on the main Fresno Pacific University campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free.

The Ray Dirks Congo photography exhibit will be on display starting Sunday, March 12, 2017, at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren (CCMB), 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis. Admission is free.

The artist behind both exhibits is Ray Dirks, who has worked as an artist and curator in 30 countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa and hosted solo exhibits in Canada, the U.S., Cuba, Ethiopia, India and Trinidad and Tobago. He founded the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, becoming its first curator/director in 1998 after working for more than a decade as a freelance artist and curator.

In more than 20 paintings, “Along the Road to Freedom” tells the stories of mothers, daughters, grandmothers and sisters who led their families out of persecution in Russia to lives of freedom in North America. Viewers are asked to remember and honor these women—whether strong or frail, certain or unsure—who struggled to survive and provide for their families.

The photography exhibit focuses on the everyday life of the Congolese people. Dirks took the photos around the time of the 2006 presidential election there and during a 2005 trip with Pakisa Tshimika and Dalton Reimer, Ph.D., an FPU emeritus professor. Tshimika and Reimer represented the Fresno nonprofit Mama Makeka House of Hope, which Tshimika, an FPU graduate, founded.

In 2008 Dirks received the Above and Beyond for the Arts award from the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts. In 2011 he received Canadian Mennonite University’s Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award. His work is also in the coffee table book, In God’s Image: A Global Anabaptist Family, published by Herald Press in cooperation with Mennonite World Conference.

Schedule:

The CCMB exhibit opens Sunday, March 12, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. The exhibit will also be open from 9:30 a.m.-noon on the following Sundays through April 2.

Dirks will deliver the morning sermon at CCMB on Sunday, March 26. The service starts at 9:30 a.m. He will also speak in the adult Sunday school in the Fellowship Hall at 11:10 a.m.

The FPU exhibit will feature an artist’s reception and talk at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 27 in the North Hall Chapel.

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