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Available All Week
  Good Bye Lenin! (NWACC Library film available exclusively to NWACC students, faculty and staff.) Watch Recording
  Heroes and Monsters, Episode 1: LatinX Theatre Project Watch Recording
  Heroes and Monsters, Episode 2: LatinX Theatre Project Watch Recording
  Heroes and Monsters, Episode 3: LatinX Theatre Project Watch Recording
  Heroes and Monsters, Episode 4: LatinX Theatre Project Watch Recording
  How to Survive a Plague (NWACC Library film available exclusively to NWACC students, faculty and staff.) Watch Recording
  Rearrange & Change: NWACC Music Department Watch Recording
  With One Step: The Arkhan Langenbelik Story Watch Recording
Monday, March 1
9 AM - 10:15 AM Playing with the Border: Video Games and Immigration Watch Recording
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Are You Ready for OER? A Panel Discussion Watch Recording
12 PM - 1:15 PM Honors: Reimagining Education Watch Recording
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Beginner Yoga Watch Recording
3 PM - 4:15 PM Reimagining Physical Creative Hubs Watch Recording
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM EXHALE: For Everyone Finding It Hard to Breathe (Live Event) Live performance: Bentonville Square
7 PM - 8:15 PM Spoken Word Poetry Performance Watch Recording
Tuesday, March 2
All day Toddler Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Rachel

Toddler Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Asele
Watch Recording

Watch Recording
9 AM - 10:15 AM The Google Effect: How Search Engines, YouTube, and Other Sites Promote Misinformation and Shape Our Reality Watch Recording
Slide Presentation
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM The Will of the Individual: Anthem (book/podcast) Discussion  
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Reimagining Art, a Visit with Ziba Rajabi Watch Recording
3 PM - 4:15 PM Yin Yoga: Relax into Shapes Watch Recording
6 PM - 7:15 PM Defining Reads: A Young Adult Book Discussion for All Watch Recording
Wednesday, March 3
All day Preschool Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Sue Ann

Preschool Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Tobie
Watch Recording

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9 AM - 10:15 AM Reimagining Stories One Emoji at a Time Watch Recording
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Theaters of Humiliation: A European History of Antisemitism  
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Movement for Work/School from Home Watch Recording
Slide Presentation
3 PM - 4:15 PM Reimagining Work in Northwest Arkansas and Beyond Watch Recording
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM A Conversation with OZCast Featured Artist Charles Krampah Watch Recording
6 PM - 7 PM A Conversation with LatinX Theatre Project Watch Recording
Thursday, March 4
All Day Baby Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Elizabeth

Baby Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Brenda
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9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Creative Writing for Social Change Watch Recording
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Through the Lens: A Panel of Women Photographers Watch Recording
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Food as Medicine: The Mediterranean Diet in the Past and Present  
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Breathwork & Mindfulness Meditation Watch Recording
3 PM - 4:15 PM Hive Avenue Reading  
7 PM -  8 PM Spotlight Talk: Award-Winning Author Tommy Orange  

Recordings of many of the events will be posted during the week of the festival.

All Week - Event Descriptions

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Good Bye Lenin!

Please note: This NWACC Library Film is available exclusively to NWACC students, faculty and staff.

“October, 1989 was a bad time to fall into a coma if you lived in East Germany - and this is precisely what happens to Alex's proudly socialist mother. Alex has big problems on his hands when she suddenly awakens eight months later. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her. And what could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in her beloved East Germany? To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist-era museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam as Alex's sister and selected neighbors are recruited to maintain the elaborate ruse - and keep her believing that Lenin really did win after all!” – from Alexander Street, a Proquest Company

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How to Survive a Plague

Please note: This NWACC Library Film is available exclusively to NWACC students, faculty and staff.

“Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. How to Survive a Plague is the story of how activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.” – from Alexander Street, a Proquest Company

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Rearrange & Change: NWACC Music Department

Presenters: Northwest Arkansas Community College Music Department

NorthWest Arkansas Community College - Music Department presents music and perspectives on the Spring Arts & Culture Festival 2021 theme, Reimagining the World. Performed and constructed virtually, NWACC Chamber Orchestra reimagined famous pieces by Bach and Piazzolla with a unique orchestration. An in-person recording was performed by two music faculty proceeding vaccination for COVID-19 — reimagining a piece by an early Romantic German composer for woodwind instruments. During this presentation, music students and faculty share their perspectives on the question — “How can music help in making change happen in the world?"

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With One Step: The Arkhan Langenbelik Story

Amputated as an infant, 13-year-old Arkhan Langenbelik, an Arkansas resident of Marshallese heritage, seized an opportunity to help himself and his parents. Prosthetics became a financial burden as the boy grew, so utilizing the 3D printer technology freely available at his school, Arkhan created his own prosthetic leg in an effort to save money for his family. The inspirational story of this young boy spread through his community and made its way to a charity organization called 50 Legs out of Florida. 50 Legs, run by former pro wrestler Steve Chamberland, sponsored Arkhan and his family to travel to Orlando and receive top-of-the-line prosthetic walking and running legs from an industry leader. This documentary follows his journey from his home in Arkansas throughout his trip to Florida, but most importantly his journey of self-acceptance as he gets to know other amputees for the first time in his life. The emotional climax of the story presents Arkhan running on both legs for the first time.

This film was featured in the Bentonville Film Festival 2020 Regional Spotlight Films; watch Trailer: With One Step: The Arkhan Langenbelik Story.

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Monday, March 1 - Event Descriptions

Monday, March 1

9 AM - 10:15 AM

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Playing with the Border: Video Games and Immigration

Presenter: Phillip Penix-Tadsen

This talk explores how Latin American and Latinx game developers have taken on the topic of immigration in their video games. “Serious games” with messages of activism and solidarity show that video games can be more than just entertainment—they have the power to bring their players to reflect critically on larger political issues. Like a documentary film or a journalistic editorial, these games offer insights on immigration in a way that is unique to their medium, providing an interactive experience that can teach us powerful lessons about the obstacles immigrants face. 

Phillip Penix-Tadsen is a specialist in contemporary Latin American cultural studies and regional game studies, focusing on the intersections between politics, economics, digital media and visual culture throughout Latin America today. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Delaware, where he regularly teaches courses on Latin American cultural studies and game studies. Prof. Penix-Tadsen is the author of Cultural Code: Video Games and Latin America (MIT Press, 2016) and editor of the anthology Video Games and the Global South (ETC Press, 2019).
 

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Monday, March 1

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

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Are You Ready for OER? A Panel Discussion

Presenters: Nithin Lakshmana (moderator), Matthew Connior, Marie Imus, Lucas Paxton, and Sheila Smith

We may have heard of OER (Open Education Resources), but we may have questions about where to find one and most importantly how and when to make that transition from a traditional textbook to an OER textbook. Let’s hear from NWACC faculty who have made that journey. 

Matthew Connior has an MS in Biology and is an associate professor of Life Sciences. He currently teaches biology, honors biology, general biology II, and Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology at NWACC.

Marie Imus is an adjunct professor of History and has taught at NWACC since 2006. She earned her BA and MA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she taught her first history course. She also taught U.S. History and Western Civilization at the U of A before coming to NWACC. Her fields of interest in American history are diplomatic history, Native Americans and the American West, and her non-American fields are Europe and Asia. Marie currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota with her two rescued dogs and four rescued cats.

Nithin Lakshmana works in NWACC Library as the eLearning librarian. His interest in Open Educational resources started in 2009 and since 2014 have been working with various stakeholders to advance OER projects here in NWACC.

Lucas Paxton M.S. works in Distance Learning as the Senior Instructional Designer and one of the Canvas administrators. He adjunct teaches Successful First Year Student and developed both an OER and online version building off the course created by our own Dr. Diana Nagel.

Sheila Smith is a full-time professor of business at NWACC, where she has been developing and teaching courses for over 15 years.  Her areas of special interest are online learning and accounting education.

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Monday, March 1

12 PM - 1:15 PM

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Honors: Reimagining Education

Presenters: Sabrina Chesne & Honors Students and Faculty

One goal of NWACC’s Honors Program is to rethink how students can learn, using the impetus of “the whole student” to design projects that challenge students to think about community, curiosity, and diversity.

Join us to hear what instructors and students are doing in honors classes and what honors graduates are doing in the world today.

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Monday, March 1

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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Beginner Yoga

Presenter: Anne Suarez

The word yoga means to unite or "yoke" breath, body, mind, and spirit.  Anne will lead you through a beginner level yoga practice that encompasses breathing exercises, mindfulness, and physical movement.  You will leave this class feeling invigorated and energized for your day. Recommended: comfortable clothes and yoga mat.

Anne Suarez is an ERYT 200 & RYT 500 yoga instructor.  Anne's certifications include: Relax and Renew Level 1 Certification with Judith Lasater, Myofascial Release, Life-force Yoga for Depression & Anxiety, Yoga for PTSD, Yoga of the Heart Cardiac and Cancer Certification, and Yoga Medicine Specialist Training with Tiffany Cruikshank (ongoing). She has also studied with Max Strom, Tao Porchon Lynch, Tias Little, Ray Long, Jamie Elmer, and Doug Keller.

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Monday, March 1

3 PM - 4:15 PM

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Reimagining Physical Creative Hubs

Presenters: Amber Perrodin, Charlotte Buchanan-Yale, Troy Campbell, and Matthew Meers

When creatives collaborate, a special kind of magic unfolds. This panel features local artists and innovators who invite synergy via literal and virtual spaces intentionally designed to foster co-creative pursuits. Amber Perrodin, Artist and Community Manager at 214 (formerly the Art Center of the Ozarks facility), moderates a discussion with Charlotte Buchanan-Yale, Director of Museum of Native American History; Troy Campbell, Founder of House of Songs; and Matthew Meers, 3D Specialist in Art and key contributor to NWACC’s Integrated Design Lab.

A community-focused visual artist based in Springdale, Arkansas, Amber Perrodin is a chronic grassroots organizer who thrives on empowering others. Amber is the creator of The Little Craft Show and Team Springdale; co-founder of The Creative Social Retreat; a 2-year Artist Fellow with “Looking for America”;  and a local team member with “Live in America”, a collaborative research project presented by The Momentary. Working today as the Artist and Community Manager with CACHE, Perrodin oversees the reimagining of the former Arts Center of the Ozarks facility in downtown Springdale, Arkansas, to be an inclusive and equitable arts center that fosters collaboration and community.

Charlotte Buchanan-Yale’s education in Montessori and early childhood development has been useful on big people and parlayed into collaborative community building, event production, and her passion of entertaining the possibilities of growing good ideas to authentically expand the circle of inclusion and memories. Her self-taught Ph.D. is in human nature and de-segregating entertainment—by expanding the circle of an event each year, joy becomes news and brings together many diverse backgrounds to share a memory and inspire a new generation.

Inspired by his experiences collaborating with Danish singer-songwriter Poul Krebs, Troy Campbell founded The House of Songs in 2009 as a one-year project to bring Danish artists to Austin. In 2016, Campbell's efforts earned him the Folk Alliance International Spirit of Folk Award. He has also won an Emmy, a Telly and several Pollie awards, plus multiple film festival awards, for his live-action and animated productions as co-owner of Collection Agency Films. Campbell started out as a musician. An album by his 1990s band, Loose Diamonds, made the New York Times' annual top 10 list; a track from his last release, “Long in the Sun,” was a USA Today top-10 pick. In Denmark, his recordings with Krebs achieved platinum- and gold-disc status. As founder of The House of Songs, LLC and Collection Agency Films, LLC Troy has helped grow a range of brands and artists during his 25+ years in the entertainment industry.

For nearly seven years, Matthew Meers was the lead fabricator at Ralph Irwin Studios, which was a multi-media commission art studio in Van Buren, Arkansas. He was also the Gallery Coordinator and Production Manager for Art Form Galleries and Framing. Matthew finished his 15-year career as a Custom Picture Framer once he graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Matt earned his BFA in Sculpture at the University of Arkansas in 2009 and completed his MFA in Studio Art-Sculpture at Indiana University in Bloomington in May of 2012. After completing graduate school, Matt taught at the University of Arkansas from 2012-2016. Matt then managed the scene-building shop for the Department of Theatre at the U of A until 2019, when he accepted the full-time position of 3D Specialist at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.

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Monday, March 1

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Live Performance, Bentonville Square

EXHALE: For Everyone Finding It Hard to Breathe (Live Event)

Presenter: Kelsi Zahl

A deeply meditative and present movement story about healing ourselves in a pandemic. Explore the depths of a breath and its connection to every thread of our existence. Connect to the compassion and empathy within yourself as you visualize and feel the grief that is held in the organ of the lungs. Witness the struggle a body goes through to find a breath. Feel the space we have created between one another and the feelings it creates to be socially distant yet connected through each breath.

Kelsi Zahl is healing artist and powerful storyteller. Since the beginning of the pandemic, she has dedicated her yoga classes to “Everyone Finding It Hard to Breathe.” Her current focus is helping individuals transform their pain into creative life force. With roots as an actor, mindful movement/yoga practitioner, therapeutic bodyworker, and recovery practitioner, she has acted professionally in 26 states and multiple countries. She has helped guide people in yoga for 13 years and worked as bodyworker in several states.

Live performance on the Bentonville Square.

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Monday, March 1

7 PM - 8:15 PM

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Spoken Word Poetry Performance

Presenters: Noelia Cerna, Brody Parrish Craig, Na’Tosha De’Von, and Banah Al Ghadbanah

Four exceptional poets—Noelia Cerna, Na’Tosha De’Von, and Banah Al Ghadbanah, and Brody Parrish Craig—will explore the theme “Reimagining the World” using spoken word poetry, an engaging, dynamic, performance-based art.

Noelia Cerna is a Latina poet based in Northwest Arkansas. She was born in Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 and received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Westminster College in Missouri. Her poems have been published in audio form in Terse. Journal, The Revolution [Relaunch], The North Meridian Review and the Plants and Poetry Journal. Noelia is the Program Coordinator for the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE), a reader and poetry feedback editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, an assistant poetry editor for Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, an associate editor for Sibling Rivalry Press, an editor for Nomadic Press, a writing mentor for Pen America’s Prison Writing Mentorship Program, the board president and director of the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, a writer for Powerful Latinas Rising, and a Poetry Genre Editor with Patchwork Lit Magazine.

Na’Tosha De’Von is a published poet/actor from Mississippi. She received her Master’s in Acting, May 2019 from the University of Arkansas. Na’Tosha started her journey as a poet at a young age as a means of self-therapy. With her poetry, she has had the opportunity to travel across the southern region and perform for influential people such as Myrlie Evers, Danny Glover, and Common to name a few. She recently completed her duet poetry book Quiet As It’s Kept. Through her artistry, she believes that her purpose is to expose one’s truth and heal.

Banah el Ghadbanah is a nonbinary queer Muslim poet from Syria (pronouns: she, they, zhe). Zhe was raised in Fayetteville and is mostly based in the Ozarks. She is wanted for 50 million lira by the Syrian government for publishing a viral video about their human rights abuses. Banah is the recipient of the 2021 Diverse Voices Prize from Dzanc Books and will publish her first book, syrena in space, with Dzanc in 2022. Banah is a PhD candidate at the University of California, San Diego in Ethnic Studies. Their research investigates the freedom schools Syrian women open under siege and examines the role of the arts, such as poetry and theatre, in those spaces as a tool for transformation. She received Bachelor’s in Comparative Women's Studies and Sociology from Spelman College and a Master’s in Ethnic Studies. Zhe is published in Afghan Punk Magazine, Acting Up: Queer in the New Century Anthology, Sukoon: an Arab Themed Magazine, The Feminist Wire, Aunt Chloe, As/Us Journal, and many other sites. She runs Beads by Banati, a business for her handmade jewelry pieces. You can follow her at @beadsbybanati or @banahghadbanah on Instagram to get in touch.

Originally from Louisiana, Brody Parrish Craig is a creator & educator based in Arkansas. Their chapbook Boyish won the 2019 Omnidawn Chapbook Contest & is forthcoming in April 2021 from Omnidawn Press. Their poetry has appeared in New South, Hobart, Gigantic Sequins, and The Rupture, amongst other places. BPC is the editor of TWANG Anthology, a collection of creative arts from transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks throughout the South & Midwest US. Find more on the project at twanganthology.org.

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Tuesday, March 2 - Event Descriptions

Tuesday, March 2

All Day

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Toddler Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Rachel

Presenter: Rachel Ackerman

Bentonville Public Library presents two weeks of virtual storytimes following the SACF theme, “Reimagining the World.” These storytimes will be recorded and then posted on the Bentonville Public Library’s Facebook page the last week of February and the first week of March 2021.

Rachel Ackerman is a former children’s librarian; she currently teaches reading, writing, and yoga at NWACC.

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Tuesday, March 2

All Day

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Toddler Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Asele

Presenter: Asele Mack

Bentonville Public Library presents two weeks of virtual storytimes following the SACF theme, “Reimagining the World.” These storytimes will be recorded and then posted on the Bentonville Public Library’s Facebook page the last week of February and the first week of March 2021.

Asele Mack is a Bentonville Public Library Specialist.

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Tuesday, March 2

9 AM - 10:15 AM

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Slide Presentation

The Google Effect: How Search Engines, YouTube, and Other Sites Promote Misinformation and Shape Our Reality

Presenters: Allie Stevens, Shawna Thorup, and Janice Weddle

This session will introduce how search engines' and social media's algorithms can lead to very different search results for different people and how this impacts both individuals and society. We will discuss these differences and increase awareness of how algorithms are impacting us all. 

Allie Stevens is the director of Calhoun County Library in Hampton, AR. She received her MLIS from Louisiana State University in 2015 and was a 2018 American Library Association Emerging Leader.   

Shawna Thorup is Head of Reference and Instruction at Northwest Arkansas Community College. Shawna earned her MLS from UCLA. 

Janice Weddle has worked at Hendrix College’s Olin C. Bailey Library since 2017, where she oversees the library’s public services as the Assistant Librarian for Instruction and Outreach. Janice earned her MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri.

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Tuesday, March 2

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

The Will of the Individual: Anthem (book/podcast) Discussion

Presenters: Sabrina Chesne and Dr. Matt Evans

How can the collective visions of the government become a nightmare? How can the individual struggle to be free of the demands of groups, society, and government? How can selfishness be a virtue? How does dystopian literature operate in different political contexts (beyond the bounds of the Democratic Socialism of George Orwell in 1984)? Join us for a reflection on these questions as we discuss Ayn Rand's novella Anthem that predates her early defenses of individualism in the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, her development of her objectivist philosophy, and her contribution to the Libertarian political movement. A limited number of the books are available to students (by emailing Sabrina Chesne at schesne@nwacc.edu). You can also listen to the book as a podcast. This book discussion is also part of the NWACC Book Club; to find out more about other book discussions, visit the NWACC Book Club website

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Tuesday, March 2

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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Reimagining Art, a Visit with Ziba Rajabi

Presenters: Ziba Rajabi and Hadi Dudley

In this session, artist Ziba Rajabi discusses a public art piece she recently created for Bentonville Public Library using artwork submitted by patrons. These art pieces, created by artists of all ages and abilities, portray people’s dreams and inspirational ideas about the public library. Ziba describes how she uses the fun and colorful pieces by cutting them into strips and weaving them together—essentially reimagining multiple submissions into one collaborative community artwork in the shape of Bentonville. Ziba discusses material, color, shape, design, texture and process.

Ziba Rajabi (b.1988, Tehran, Iran) received her MFA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and her BFA from the Sooreh University, Tehran. She is the recipient of the Artist 360 Grant, a program sponsored by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions, nationally and internationally and she has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center.

Hadi Dudley is the Library Director at Bentonville Public Library and has worked at BPL since 2002, serving as the Library Director for nearly 14 years. Dudley has worked in public libraries for almost 23 years, and has served in professional leadership capacities regionally, statewide, and nationally. Dudley has a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Tennessee.

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Tuesday, March 2

3 PM - 4:15 PM

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Yin Yoga: Relax into Shapes

Presenter: Rachel Ackerman

Yin yoga invites us to reimagine our approach to working the body. Instead of engaging muscles through repetitive movement, yin asks us to slow down and relax into poses. A fusion of time and stillness promotes muscular release, shifting the stress to strengthen, lengthen, and lubricate connective tissues. The slow nature of this practice also fosters a mindful focus on breath and body-awareness. An excellent complement to more active workouts, yin yoga benefits both athletes and beginners. Recommended: comfy clothes, yoga mat/blanket, and two blocks or rolled-up towels.

Rachel Ackerman teaches yoga at NWACC and Yoga Story. She also teaches reading and writing at NWACC. 

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Tuesday, March 2

6 PM - 7:15 PM

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Defining Reads: A Young Adult Book Discussion for All

Presenters: Karina Batra and Anna Sharon

Join Bentonville Public Library to engage in this interactive book discussion and answer the question – “What young adult book has helped you reimagine your world?” Participants are encouraged to select a favorite young adult book that has influenced their perspective on the world around them. During the guided discussion, participants will explore standout elements and themes of their favorite books, and everyone will have the opportunity to share how their selection has shaped their lives. The best part – all will leave with a few new book recommendations. Books are an excellent opportunity to engage with the world around us, gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, and catch a glimpse at the experiences of others. By sharing titles that have helped us reimagine our world, we can make strides to better understand each other.

Karina Batra is a junior at Bentonville West High School. She has served over 200 hours as a teen volunteer at Bentonville Public Library, and currently holds the position of Literacy Specialist on BPL’s Teen Advisory Board. Throughout Karina’s time as a volunteer, she has engaged as a participant and a leader in many library programs. She currently leads BPL’s Teen Book Club.

Anna Sharon is the Teen Services Librarian at Bentonville Public Library. Anna recently graduated with a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and she is passionate about connecting teens to books and resources that will enable them to grow and succeed.

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Wednesday, March 3 - Event Descriptions

Wednesday, March 3

All Day

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Preschool Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Sue Ann

Presenter: Sue Ann Pekel

Bentonville Public Library presents two weeks of virtual storytimes following the SACF theme, “Reimagining the World.” These storytimes will be recorded and then posted on the Bentonville Public Library’s Facebook page the last week of February and the first week of March 2021.

Sue Ann Pekel is the Children’s Librarian at Bentonville Public Library.

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Wednesday, March 3

All Day

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Preschool Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Tobie

Bentonville Public Library presents two weeks of virtual storytimes following the SACF theme, “Reimagining the World.” These storytimes will be recorded and then posted on the Bentonville Public Library’s Facebook page the last week of February and the first week of March 2021.

Tobie Taylor Jones is a Bentonville Public Library volunteer.

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Wednesday, March 3

9 AM - 10:15 AM

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Reimagining Stories One Emoji at a Time

Presenter: Sharon Fox

In this session we are exploring some unusual reimaginings of classic texts, such as Courtney Carbone’s Darcy Swipes Left and Katherine Furman’s Emoji Pride and Prejudice (yes, those are real books), emoji-lit adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, that use far fewer words than the originals and a whole lot of pictures. In these adaptations, authors have transported once-canonical texts from hundreds of pages to thousands of SMS messages. Even SparkNotes has jumped on the bandwagon and has translated whole Shakespearean plays into a short series of text messages. It is our turn to try to do the same.

Let us see how well we can adapt some well-known stories using a form of communication we are all (probably) familiar with. This is an interactive session, so be prepared to reimagine and retell stories with a winky face, a handful of hearts, and a whole lot of creativity.

Sharon Fox is a full time English and Humanities instructor at NWACC who loves teaching, and who spends her time reading all kinds of weird and wonderful Pride and Prejudice adaptations. She loves to drink cups of hot tea and would welcome any of you to come by her office and share one with her once this pandemic is over.

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Wednesday, March 3

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Theaters of Humiliation: A European History of Antisemitism

Presenters: Dr. T. Fielder Valone, Dr. Katherine White, Dr. Sevin Gallo

In town squares and public spaces across the Third Reich, Jews were humiliated by their neighbors before they were murdered. What messages and motifs did such publicly performed acts of denigration communicate, both to Jewish and non-Jewish onlookers? Why did the violence target religious symbols in some cases and political imagery in others? How deep did the pool of hatred go, how widely did it run, who drank from its banks? This

lecture offers a broadly comparative approach to one of the modern world’s most urgent questions: How did local populations living in Central and Eastern Europe under Nazi rule make use of anti-Jewish violence?

In partnership with The Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (UHMM) and Northwest Arkansas Holocaust Awareness Project (NAHAP), Dr. Fielder Valone
will participate in a discussion moderated by Dr. Katherine White, Program Officer for Education Outreach at USHMM, and Dr. Sevin Gallo, NWACC World History Professor and Global Studies Coordinator. In this moderated discussion Dr. Valone will give expert historical analysis on antisemitism and the Holocaust in general, as well as present his most recent research concerning theaters of humiliation.

Dr. T. Fielder Valone holds a PhD in History from Indiana University. Dr. Valone has published and spoken publicly on a wide range of topics, including the German minority in western Poland during World War Two, Jewish slave labor on the Baltic coast, the Holocaust by bullets in Eastern Europe, and humiliation rituals in rural Lithuania. He has published a number of articles and book chapters in different venues, including Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2014), Beyond Ordinary Men: Christopher R. Browning and Holocaust Historiography (2019), and Collaboration in Eastern Europe during World War Two and the Holocaust (2019), among others. His research has been supported by Fulbright, the Saul Kagan Fellows Program, and other institutions. Dr. Valone was awarded the 2019-2020 Judith B. and Burton P. Resnick Invitational Scholar for the Study of Antisemitism fellowship at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum for his research project, “Prelude to Mass Murder: Anti-Jewish Ritual Violence in Germany, Austria, Poland, and Lithuania, 1933-1941.

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Wednesday, March 3

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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Movement for Work/School from Home

Presenter: Lynn Hancock

Join personal trainer and yoga instructor, Lynn Hancock, to combat a sedentary lifestyle with practical tips that anyone can incorporate. Learn simple body weight movements, chair yoga, and nutrition tips to help you think better and feel better in your body.

Lynn Hancock is an ERYT 200 hour yoga teacher, specializes in anatomy, and is certified as an AFAA personal trainer. She is also a level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach.

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Wednesday, March 3

3 PM - 4:15 PM

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Reimagining Work in Northwest Arkansas and Beyond

Presenters: NWACC’s Workforce and Economic Development Leaders

The past year has demanded that we reimagine what it means to be "work ready," and NWACC's Workforce and Economic Development Division has embraced this opportunity. Join WED leaders to learn how innovations in thought, technology, processes, and trainings have increased NWACC's learner community, strengthened regional partnerships, and provided real-time industry feedback about what the next ten years of workforce development might entail. You might even leave inspired to add a skillset or two!

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Wednesday, March 3

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

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A Conversation with OZCast Featured Artist Charles Krampah

Presenters: Charles Krampah and Mario Tronosco

The Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) celebrates and champions creativity through multiple venues including OZCast, a digital series featuring a variety of artists and mediums. Join Director of Film and Media Ecosystems Mario Troncoso for an enlightening conversation with one of their featured creatives, photographer and video artist Charles Krampah.

“Mario Troncoso is a 10-time Emmy® award-winning filmmaker and founder of The Documentary Society (Doculab). With extensive agency and production company experience, Mario has worked on productions across many formats over a period of 18 years ranging from advertising to documentaries and fiction. Born in Madrid, Spain, he began his film career as a writer, influenced by the Madrid art and punk scene of the late ’80s and a love of cinema and '90s independent American films and pop culture. After moving to the US to pursue a film career in 2000, he joined a number of local artists and began producing videos and short experimental documentaries and works of fiction in Houston, TX. His immigrant experience in Houston and the diversity of the town were very influential on his choice of characters and his visual storytelling.” – from Cachecreate.org/team

“Charles Krampah started his career as a beauty and fashion photographer in Ghana, West Africa, and is currently living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he’s working towards an MFA in Studio Art with an emphasis on Photography.” – from Ozcast.art/artists.​

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Wednesday, March 3

6 PM - 7 PM

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A Conversation with LatinX Theatre Project

You’re invited to an online conversation with the artists and creative team of Heroes and Monsters via Zoom. LatinX Theatre Project’s digital play explores the juxtaposition between reality and the virtual world. Heroes and Monsters calls upon themes of La Lucha, Latin American mythology, and modern superheroes and villains, creating the world of a video game where you can win some or lose some, but you must survive to continue the fight. LXTP‘s unique style infuses theatre with poetry, original songs, and rap to tell the story of nine Users turned Players on a path to beat The Game. As they battle their way to the top, who will become a Hero, and who will be a Monster? Join the LatinX Theatre Project ensemble as they do a deep dive into their process, creating their newest play and its original music. 

You can view all episodes of Heroes and Monsters:

  • Episode 1
    A virtual reality-based video game has captured its players through several versions of unique challenges, trapping them, as they try to make their way to legendary status. When the next version is launched to lure another victim, a threat unleashes amongst the system that begins exposing that a sinister plan is at work, and no player may ever escape.
  • Episode 2 
    The appetite for battle has infected the players in Heroes and Monsters, as game ratings climb and their popularity rises. Hidden talents emerge when the players expose themselves to a new virus that is threatening the game, which will make victory and escape impossible for all of them.
  • Episode 3
    As the system is succumbing to the effects of the virus, alliances are revealed, and the hidden plot behind the game is uncovered. As Players begin to turn on each other, it’s unknown to each of them who is the real Monster.
  • Episode 4 
    The Game has begun to fall apart, and the stakes begin to rise as final battles ensue, leaving Heroes and Monsters changed forever as a new Host yields the golden mic.

LatinX Theatre Project (LXTP) is a socially engaged theatre group of professionals and young artists-in-training that is committed to continuing an inclusive conversation about community identity through its devised theatre performances. The content of LXTP’s work not only includes original dialogue, movement, music, poetry, and rap; but also brings a focus to the authentic representation of Latinx voices in the arts and community. In its fourth year, the project continues to develop new performances for the community and educational pieces for schools in the Northwest Arkansas region. LXTP is unique in the composition of its artistic ensemble, and its distinctive approach to creating work that can be experienced outside of the traditional theatre venue suited to collaborate with multidisciplinary cultural, community, and educational organizations across the region.

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Thursday, March 4 - Event Descriptions

Thursday, March 4

All Day.

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Baby Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Elizabeth

Presenter: Elizabeth Shifflett

Bentonville Public Library presents two weeks of virtual storytimes following the SACF theme, “Reimagining the World.” These storytimes will be recorded and then posted on the Bentonville Public Library’s Facebook page the last week of February and the first week of March 2021.

Elizabeth Shifflet is an NWACC student intern at Bentonville Public Library.

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Thursday, March 4

All Day

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Baby Stories with BPL Online: Storytime with Brenda

Presenter: Brenda Depew

Bentonville Public Library presents two weeks of virtual storytimes following the SACF theme, “Reimagining the World.” These storytimes will be recorded and then posted on the Bentonville Public Library’s Facebook page the last week of February and the first week of March 2021. 

Brenda Depew is an NWACC student intern at Bentonville Public Library.

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Thursday, March 4

9 AM - 10:15 AM

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Creative Writing for Social Change

Presenter: Brody Parrish Craig

What does it mean to reimagine the world? How can we use art to create social change? Through a close look at modern and contemporary texts, we'll explore creative writing as a tool toward collective liberation. We'll watch videos & discuss current & historic legacies of art as activism. Topics will include racial justice, disability justice, indigenous rights, TLGBQ+ liberation, & abolition.

Originally from Louisiana, Brody Parrish Craig is a creator & educator based in Arkansas. Their chapbook Boyish won the 2019 Omnidawn Chapbook Contest & is forthcoming in April 2021 from Omnidawn Press. Their poetry has appeared in New South, Hobart, Gigantic Sequins, and The Rupture, amongst other places. BPC is the editor of TWANG Anthology, a collection of creative arts from transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks throughout the South & Midwest US. Find more on the project at twanganthology.org.

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Thursday, March 4

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

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Through the Lens: A Panel of Women Photographers

Presenters: Allyssa DeZaldivar, Erin Gardner, Helen Joy George, and Rachel Ackerman (moderator)

In this visually stunning conversation, three artists frame their subjects through a lens that invites viewers to reimagine perspective. Allyssa DeZaldivar’s work stands as counterpoint to the “male gaze,” reclaiming female objectification to advance societal expectations. Erin Gardner investigates altered appearance after weight changes, each mark or fold telling diverse stories through which her subject’s experience can be seen and understood. Helen Joy George seeks a deep sense of connection—to the world and each other, between nature and human—blatant and touching, or hidden under layers.

Allyssa DeZaldivar (she/her) is a midwestern multi-media artist, specializing in pottery and digital work. Currently based in Fayetteville, AR, she plans to graduate with a BFA and looks forward to furthering her artistic process with her different mediums. 

Erin Gardner is an artist and photographer living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and teaching at Northwest Arkansas Community College. She has worked in manufacturing, prototype design, sourcing, the fetish industry, and was a costume and lighting designer for a number of years. Her work, with a focus on bodies that have undergone weight change, has shown internationally and across the region. She holds a BA in Speech and Theatre from Arkansas Tech and a BS in Architectural Studies from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas School of Art. She loves dogs.

Helen Joy George is an artist of both the written word and the visual image.  Her first book, a memoir, Yellow Tulips, was published in 2019.  Helen Joy splits her time between writing a second book, photographing families in a documentary style, attending births as a doula, photographing births, and capturing the beauty and pain in everyday life with her family.

Rachel Ackerman teaches reading, writing, and yoga at NWACC and serves as Co-Chair for the Spring Arts and Culture Festival.

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Thursday, March 4

12 PM - 1:15 PM

Food as Medicine: The Mediterranean Diet in the Past and Present

Presenters: Chef Erin Szopiak, Chef Brittany Eddelbuttel, and Dr. Sevin Gallo

Join Brightwater Instructors and Registered Dietician Nutritionists Chef Erin Szopiak and Chef Brittany Eddelbuttel along with NWACC World History Professor Dr. Sevin Gallo for a cooking demonstration and history and culture conversation about the links between food and medicine in the Mediterranean world. Participants are encouraged to cook, eat, and discuss ancient and modern ideas about food and wellness. Please see the grocery shopping list and recipes for tzatziki sauce, tabbouleh, and chicken souvlaki.

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Thursday, March 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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Breathwork & Mindfulness Meditation

Presenter: Sharlotte Fedewa

Sharlotte will lead you through multiple Kundalini inspired breathing exercises to prepare your body and mind for guided mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness Meditation is a type of meditation in which you focus on being profoundly aware of what you're experiencing and feeling in the moment, in your body and your surroundings, without interpretation or judgment. This practice has been studied and shown to reduce stress, improve wellbeing and concentration.

Sharlotte Fedewa is a 200-hour yoga instructor with specific training in Kundalini and prenatal yoga.

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Thursday, March 4

3 PM - 4:15 PM

Hive Avenue Reading

Presenters: Dr. Victoria Moore and Hive Avenue authors

Hive Avenue, NWACC’s student-run literary journal, publishes creative writing and artwork from local, national, and international writers and artists. During this session, several of the authors published in the first two issues will present a reading of their creative works, followed by a brief Q&A at the end for any questions or comments. Read the Hive Avenue’s first two issues.

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Thursday, March 4

7 PM - 8 PM

Spotlight Talk: Award-Winning Author Tommy Orange

Presenter: Tommy Orange
This event is offered in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

In a highly engaging “fireside chat,” Tommy Orange delves into his writing process, including the themes of Native American culture and history that inform his works. A thoughtful, measured speaker, he shares his thoughts on craft and his experience as a debut novelist with frankness and humor.

Tommy Orange is the author of There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. One of The New York Times' top books of 2018 and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, There There shows us violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. Orange talks about his craft, the writing process, and Native American history and culture, often in dynamic and frank in-conversation programs.

Author Tommy Orange

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