Fall 2022: Lyceum Seminar Series

Celebration of Constitution Day
Time and Date: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Thursday, September 15th
Location: CA 302
Panel Discussion on “The Constitution and Contemporary Justice Issues”

Moderator:Dr. Hemchand Gossai (Associate Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, Annandale Campus)

Panelists:
*Dr. Noah Cincinnati (Associate Professor, History. Panelist)
*Dr. Jack Lechelt (Professor, Political Science. Panelist)
*Dr. Jennifer Sayasithsena (Professor, Political Science. Panelist)

Bios:

Dr. Hemchand Gossai, is the Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Annandale campus of NOVA. He earned his B.A. with a triple major in English, Spanish, and Religious Studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Hermeneutics and Hebrew at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Dr. Gossai is the author of eight books.

Dr. Noah Cincinnati has been at NOVA since 2012. He is Associate Professor of History at the Annandale campus. He earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from The Johns Hopkins University. He teaches a range of topics in U.S. history, but is particularly interested in the history of ideas and institutions.

Dr. Jack Lechelt is a political science and history professor at the Loudoun Campus.  He has a  PhD in political science from the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC, and has worked at NOVA since 2006.  His areas of focus include American government, international relations, and state and local politics.  He lives in the Leesburg area with his wife, two kids, and two mini-Schnauzers!

Dr. Jennifer Sayasithsena is Professor of Political Science at the Annandale Campus. She came to NOVA in 2011 after many years working in health policy. Dr. Sayasithsena earned her Ph.D. in political science from The George Washington University. Her primary interests are American campaigns and elections, public opinion, and state and local politics.

Refreshments will be served. 

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Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

* Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

Enjoy Good Food, Live Music and Fun!

Time and Date: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday 12th, October 2022. Location: In Front of CF Building

* Talk on Our American Dream; Latino Contributions through Civic Participation”
Guest Speaker: Honorable J. Walter Tejada
Time and Date : from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Wednesday 12th, October 2022
Location: CA 302

In 2003, J. Walter Tejada became the first person of Latin American heritage to be elected to the Arlington County Board, or to any governing body in Northern Virginia. Mr. Tejada was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at age 13. Mr. Tejada got his start as an activist and organizer after witnessing inequities faced by members of the Latinx community. He initially worked in groups addressing fair housing, job opportunities, and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). He also helped to establish a Salvadoran festival in Arlington, starting in 1995, focusing on Salvadoran culture. Mr. Tejada served as County Board Chair in 2008 and 2013 and is still active throughout the community to this day, serving on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.

https://waltertejada.com/

  • Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is a public institution dedicated to serving the Commonwealth of Virginia and to promoting the free exchange of ideas and informed citizenship. Northern Virginia Community College welcomes political candidates, elected officials, and guest speakers from all partisan and ideological perspectives to visit campus and to present their ideas. These appearances do not constitute an endorsement of any party, candidate, or ideological perspective.

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National Bullying Prevention month

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sabrina Ricks (Associate Professor-Business & Public Services Department, Manassas Campus, NOVA)

Talk on “Finding Your Voice to Beat Bullying”
Time and Date: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday, October 28th
Location: Virtual (Zoom)



Dr. Sabrina Brandon Ricks is an associate professor for Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). She has taught for NOVA for seven years and served in the Business and Public Services Department as well as the Student Development Department. She has taught at multiple campuses, including NOVA Online. She has also served as a first-year advisor.
Dr. Ricks has authored several publications and articles addressing workplace bullying, cyberbullying, dangers in the workplace, tips for working remotely, and was recently interviewed by Prince William Living magazine about the importance of emotional intelligence. Her book, Bullied at Work…A Journey of Growth & Perseverance was released in 2021 and is available on Amazon, sbrleadership.com, and in the NOVA Annandale library.
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Guest Speaker: Mazi Mutafa, Founding Director of Words, Beats, & Life, DC’s longest running, dopest Hip-Hop based arts educational non profit. 

Talk on “Creating Your Own Future

A discussion of the power of imaginative thinking, community and purpose driven decision making.

Time and Date: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 10th
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Mazi Mutafa is the founding Executive Director of Words Beats & Life, a hip-hop non-profit established in Washington D.C in 2002. Mr. Mutafa received his Bachelor’s degree in African American studies from the University of Maryland and  became a Brother of Phi BetaSigma Fraternity. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and George Washington University and, in 2019, was an adjunct professor at American University, co-teaching a course about international hip-hop, called “Whose Hip-Hop Is It?”

As an expert in the fields of Muslimness, Hip-Hop culture, public art and arts education, creative employment, cultural diplomacy, and centering marginalized voices, Mr. Mutafa has made numerous media appearances. They have included all network TV stations in Washington, as well as N.P.R. and other local public radio outlets, plus the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Kids Post Washington, East of the River and Washington Times.

He contributed a chapter to the Handbook of Research on Black Males, published by Michigan State University Press and an interview with Mazi is included in The Hip-Hop Mindset: A Professional Practice on Rutledge Press. Mr. Mutafa is also the host of a hip-hop show called “Live @ 5,” heard quarterly on WPFW 89.3 FM, featuring performances and interviews with MC’s, poets, DJ’s, producers, and vocalists.

Visit : https://wblinc.org/squad?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-JyUBhCuARIsANUqQ_KdNaM0wzmg-j328tD8VKDHtapK36gqGCpN1QM_tANAI-qx3-b5G6saAgKYEALw_wcB





LYCEUM EVENT “GRAPHENE ON CUBIC SILICON CARBIDE” Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

This event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in CS 129 at Annandale campus on Wednesday, July 27th. Please register in advance here. https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/319738
The event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
Harnessing graphene’s properties on a silicon platform could augment integrated technologies with a broad range of novel miniaturized functionalities. Prof. Iacopi will review the learnings from the development of the epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide on silicon technology and some of its most promising applications. This platform allows to obtain any complex graphene -coated silicon carbide 3D nanostructures in a site – selective fashion at the wafer -scale and with sufficient adhesion for integration.
 
Professor Iacopi has over 20 years’ industrial and academic research expertise in semiconductor technologies, with over 130 peer-reviewed publications and 10 granted US patents, spanning from interconnects, CMOS devices and packaging. Her research focuses on the translation of basic scientific advances in nanomaterials and novel device concepts into implementable technologies. She leads the Integrated Nanosystems Lab, in the Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information about this and other Lyceum events, please visit: https://blogs.nvcc.edu/lyceum/

Submitted by:
Manori Nadesalingam, AN-Physics, mnadesalingam@nvcc.edu

Lyceum Event:”Physics of Music”, Thursday, April 28th at 1:00 pm (EST)

Recording of the talk: Physics of Music

Access Passcode: 356894&A

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The Lyceum Committee welcomes Dr. Alex. Weiss to discuss “Physics of Music”.  This virtual event will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 1 p.m.(EST). Please register in advance here.

Music is the art of arranging sound in time that shows different characteristics. Dr. Weiss will discuss the similarities and differences between sound and music, properties of sound waves and standing waves in addition to science of musical instruments and psychoacoustics.

Dr. Alexander H. Weiss is currently a distinguished professor of physics and the chair of the physics department at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Brandeis University.  After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Weiss was a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University where he performed the first x-ray scattering measurements from liquid-gas interfaces.

For more information about this and other Lyceum events, please visit: https://blogs.nvcc.edu/lyceum/

Submitted by:
Manori Nadesalingam, AN-Physics, mnadesalingam@nvcc.edu

APRIL LYCEUM EVENT:  “CLAN IN THE FRONT: HOW WU-TANG TRANSCENDED THE RAP GAME TO BECOME CULTURAL ICONS”

APRIL LYCEUM EVENT:  “CLAN IN THE FRONT: HOW WU-TANG TRANSCENDED THE RAP GAME TO BECOME CULTURAL ICONS”

Friday, April 15, 1 p.m., Annandale Campus – CE Forum

The Lyceum Committee welcomes S. H. Fernando to discuss “Clan In The Front: How Wu-Tang Transcended the Rap Game to Become Cultural Icons” 

Image of author S. H. Fernando with rap artist Method Man.
Image of author S. H. Fernando with rap artist Method Man.

S. H. Fernando is a man of many titles and much distinction. Music Journalist, Club and Radio Deejay, Music Producer, Film Director, Hip Hop Contributor and Aficionado. A graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia School of Journalism, Skiz Fernando began his career as a journalist on Hip Hop music and culture for The Source magazine.  In addition to writing for The Source, Fernando has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Vibe.  His in-depth research on Hip Hop led him to write and publish the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed book The New Beats: Exploring the Music, Culture and Attitudes of Hip-Hop (1994), which chronicled and preserved Hip Hop culture in an innovative way for readers.

Using his research generated from this book, Fernando started his own music label WordSound recordings in that same year.  In the last 20 years, WordSound released 65 full-length albums and numerous EPs, singles, and remixes, from experimental dub and hip-hop to electronic and Middle Eastern music.  Fernando, as a producer, has created 10 albums under his alter-ego, Spectre.

Fernando has also written, produced, and directed a narrative feature film Crooked (2001).  Two additional feature films he directed include The Greatest Thing You Never Heard (2003), a dubumentary about the WordSound label and Industria Brasileira (Made In Brasil) (2010), a documentary about the new music scene in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

In 2007, Fernando wrote a cookbook about the local cuisine of his homeland Sri Lanka titled Rice & Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking (Hippocrene Books, 2011).  This was a New York Times notable cookbook and got Fernando a spot on the popular Travel Channel show, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, where Fernando was the host’s on camera guide in Sri Lanka.  Fernando further writes a blog called “Rice & Curry,” devoted to Sri Lankan food.  He produces and hosts his own cooking show on YouTube called Pan Asian, as well as another food/travel show called Off The Eaten Path.

Recently in 2021, Fernando wrote and published From The Streets of Shaolin: The Wu-Tang Saga (Hachette Books), the definitive biography of legendary hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan.  This amazing work features “decades of unpublished interviews and unparalleled access to members of the group and their associates” (from book jacket).  His engaging talk will chronicle his research and writing of this groundbreaking text, and his interactions with the Wu members.  Hope to see you there!

March Lyceum Event: How Music Training Impacts Child Development

Wednesday, March 23, @ 12 noon:

The Lyceum Committee welcomes Dr. Assal Habibi to discuss, “The brain’s crescendo: How music training impacts child development.”

This event is on Zoom, register in advance for this meeting:

https://vccs.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcOmqqD8oH9TRz8Q9tHOP8VdCh930YTRn

Assal Habibi is an Associate Research Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute at University of Southern California. Her research takes a broad perspective on understanding music’s influence on health and development, focusing on how biological dispositions and music learning experiences shape the brain and development of cognitive, emotional, and social abilities across the lifespan.

She is an expert on the use of electrophysiologic and neuroimaging methods to investigate human brain function and has used longitudinal and cross-sectional designs to investigate how music training impacts the development of children from under-resourced communities, and how music generally is processed by the body and the brain.

Her research program has been supported by federal agencies and private foundations including the NIH, NEA and the GRoW @ Annenberg Foundation and her findings have been published in peer reviewed journals including Cerebral Cortex, Music Perception, Neuroimage and PLoS ONE. Currently, she is the lead investigator of a multi-year study, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their Youth Orchestra program (YOLA), investigating the effects of early childhood music training on the development of brain function and structure as well as language skills, cognitive, emotional, and social abilities. Dr. Habibi is a classically trained pianist and has many years of musical teaching experience with children, a longstanding personal passion.

In Search of the Blues: Three Chords and the Truth

We are getting excited about hosting our next speakers, Josephine Matyas and Craig Jones on Tuesday, February 22, at 2 p.m. as they present their talk, “In search of the blues: Three chords & the truth.”

Please join us in the CE Forum for food, refreshments, and music! (Free parking in lot B13)

This event is open to the public and no RSVP is required!

Learn more about their work here:

http://backbeatbooks.com/books/9781493060603

https://www.amazon.com/author/josephinematyas

www.facebook.com/ChasingtheBluesTravelersGuide 

February 2022 Lyceum Event: Three Chords and the Truth

This event is open to the public. Masks are required in all NOVA buildings.

*Free parking available for attendees in lot B13*

In this presentation, co-authors Josephine Matyas and Craig Jones will talk about how the music of the Mississippi Delta emerged from the conjuncture of politics, culture/ideology, geography (land/water), and the lived experience of humans under conditions of brutal oppression and inter-generational trauma. These forces converged to produce a form of therapeutic release – music, chants, field hollers – that served a collection of spiritual, psychological, ceremonial, and oppositional needs among enslaved persons. Craig and Jo will talk about the nature of life under slavery and how the reproduction of everyday life produced what became the blues. They will also show how the blues was revitalized in the United Kingdom, and eventually became foundational to North American popular music, informing music genres like Motown, R&B, soul, rock and roll.

The presentation will include a slideshow of the “sacred sites” of the Mississippi blues, which they visited as part of the research for their book, Chasing the Blues: A Traveler’s Guide to America’s Music.  Jo Matyas is a long-time travel writer who has explored the globe and has a special interest in the history and culture of a destination. Craig Jones has a PhD in International Political Economy and has worked as a professional musician for 40 years.

Please join us! Tuesday, February 22 @ 2-3 p.m. in the CE Forum in the Ernst Cultural Center – Refreshments will be served.

Lyceum Event: The Multicultural Roots of American Music

Watch the recording of “The multicultural roots of American music”

Review the slides from the presentation here.

In this talk, Dr. Kevin Wright will discuss the multicultural roots of American music with a particular focus on three musical instruments (the banjo, guitar, and steel guitar) that had large impact on many genres of American music, including blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, gospel, and rock music. Dr. Wright will discuss the multicultural origins and history of these instruments and the impact they have made on shaping American music as well as demonstrate each instrument. This will include a discussion of multicultural influences (e.g., African, Hawaiian, European) on innovations and features of the modern banjo, guitar, and steel guitar as well as well as how these instruments shaped multiple American musical genres. Dr. Wright brings both an academic perspective on these topics as well as his experience as a professional musician for over 30 years.

Dr. Wright will bring the pedal steel guitar, the banjo, and a guitar for demonstration purposes.

Please join us! Wednesday, January 26 @ 2-3 p.m. in CA 302 – Refreshments will be served.

Spring 2022 Schedule

Lyceum Schedule Spring 2022

This spring, the Lyceum Committee is excited to present an inter-disciplinary series of talks surrounding the power of music. From history, to science, to genres and more, we hope that you gain even more appreciation for the impact of music in our lives.

Wednesday, 1/26 @2pm *In-Person* CA 302 – Refreshments served
Dr. Kevin Wright Professor and Musician
“The Multicultural Roots of American Musical Instruments”

Wednesday, 2/22 @ 2pm *In-person* location CA 302 – Refreshments served
Josephine Matyas & Craig Jones, Authors
“In Search of the Blues: Three Chords & the Truth”

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Wednesday, 3/23 @12 noon *Zoom*
Dr. Assal Habibi, Professor at University of Southern California
“The Brain’s Crescendo; How Music Training Impacts Child Development”

Brain and music assistant research professor, Assal Habibi poses for a photograph, Oct 24, 2019. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Friday, 4/15 @1pm *In-Person* CE Forum – Refreshments served
S. H. Fernando, Author & Producer
“Clan in The Front: How Wu-Tang Transcended the Rap Game to become Cultural Icons”

Thursday, 4/28 @1pm *Zoom*
Dr. Alex Weiss, Professor at University of Texas at Arlington
“Physics and Music”

*Check back soon to (1) register for Zoom sessions and (2) Get room information for in-person talks.*

**If you’re a professor bringing a class to an event, please email me mchabot@nvcc.edu to let me know to expect your students, and (2) attendance lists are provided on request**

***We strive to make every event fully accessible with interpreters; if other accommodations are needed, please contact mchabot@nvcc.edu***