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Artist & Lecture Series

TCC Student Life coordinates an Artist & Lecture Series consisting of 3-4 professional speakers and presentations per quarter. Using national talent, these presentations are cultural, educational and entertaining, and feature topics and ideas that expand what students are learning in the classroom. This series is open to the college and local community.

Spring 2013

Renee YoheThursday, April 25
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

Renee Yohe first entered the spotlight with To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit organization that aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide. Renee will share her struggles with self destruction based on her acclaimed book, A Purpose for the Pain, and her inspiring new outlook on life.

Tak ToyoshimaThursday, May 2
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

Tak Toyoshima is the artist/creator of the comic strip "Secret Asian Man."

In the fall of 2006, "Secret Asian Man" was scouted by United Features Syndicate ("Peanuts," "Dilbert," and "Boondocks") and developed to launch in July of 2007 as the first Asian American comic strip since the days of Bruce Lee and Charlie Chan.


Sidney RittenbergTuesday, May 7
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

During his journey in China in World War II, Sidney Rittenberg formed unprecedented connections to the founding fathers of The Peoples Republic of China who later falsely imprisoned him in solitary confinement for a total of 16 years.  He witnessed first-hand much of what occurred at the upper levels of the Chinese Communist Party.

This is an incredible opportunity to meet Sidney and watch his documentary, “The Revolutionary,” which captures his remarkable story during the Cultural Revolution.


Fall 2012

cristina perezThursday, May 2
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

A multifaceted woman, Cristina Perez is a successful lawyer, three-time  Emmy Award-winning television personality, radio host, entrepreneur/business owner, national author and columnist, and devoted mother and wife. Perez received a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School and two Bachelors of Arts degrees from UCLA. She is the founder of Perez Gonzales, a multi-disciplined law firm. In 2006, Perez made her English-language television debut on 20th Television’s first-run syndicated Cristina’s Court. In its debut year, Cristina’s Court became the second-highest rated new show in U.S. syndication. The ultimate crossover host, she is a hip, professional, multicultural woman who always seeks to introduce traditional values into the lives of people young and old.

marc elliott

Thursday, October 18
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bldg. 2 Theater

Marc Elliot was born with a rare disease that left him with virtually no  intestines, and at age nine, he developed a neurological disorder called  Tourettes syndrome. He is now inspiring audiences across the country by  sharing his life story in order to convey thevalue of tolerance and the  basic mental attitudes and behaviors that allow it to flourish.


chelsea whiteFriday, November 30
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

Chelsea White is an HIV positive mother with a healthy, beautiful HIV negative son. As an advocate in her community and across the nation, she strives to educate young people. Chelsea is going back to school for her master’s degree in social work and has committed her life to sharing her story. She is an inspiration to mothers and women.

Non A&L but still noteworthy ...

shihan the poetThursday, October 25
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

Shihan the poet is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic spoken word artists of our generation. This National Poetry Slam Champion and National Poetry Slam Finalist has been featured on a variety of media outlets. In addition, Shihan has independently released 2 CDs -- The Poet and Music Is The New Cotton -- which have both received critical praise for their honesty and creativity. His ability to transcend cultural and generational boundaries have made Shihan a much sought after talent.

ashley finkTuesday, November 13
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

Ashley Fink's portrayal of Lauren Zizes on the hit show Glee proved that in New Directions, big girls don't cry. Ashley portrayed a curvy girl in a way never seen on TV before, and fans responded with huge acclaim. In this incredible discussion group, she talks about her experiences in high school, the harassment she endured and its mental toll, and how she overcame her self-esteem issues. This culminated in Ashley finding the confidence to audition for Glee ... and becoming one of the show's surprising fan favorites in the process.

Spring 2012

eric ethridgeThursday, April 19
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

Eric Ethridge is the author, journalist, and photographer of Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders, published in 2008. The book includes mug shots of the 328 black and white Freedom Riders who were arrested in Jackson, MS and charged with breach of peace for trying to desegregate transportation terminals in the city. In the book, Etheridge also includes 84 photographs of the civil rights activists, along with brief biographies from recent interviews. Etheridge is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Purchase a copy of his book in the bookstore at a discounted price - there will be a signing period following the presentation.

photo of jonathan perryThursday, May 3
11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center

Jonathan Perry is a recent graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, a historiacally Black college in Charlotte, North Carolina and the first black, openly gay, HIV+ student at an HBCU to speak out anywhere in America. Perry organized forums on race and sexual orientation and also founded Johnson C. Smith University's first official, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) organization. Perry has been quoted in numerous news articles, magazines and other publications. he has also been interviewed by Candace Gingrich. More recently he was profiled by, POZ Magazine and The New York Times.

Winter 2012

eric ethridgeEric Ethridge is the author, journalist, and photographer of “Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders,” published in 2008. The book includes mug shots of the 328 black and white Freedom Riders who were arrested in Jackson, MS and charged with breach of peace for trying to desegregate transportation terminals in the city. Ethridge is a graduate of Vanderbuilt University.

This event was canceled due to bad weather conditions.

robert manningRobert D. Manning, PhD is a research professor and founding Director of the Center for Consumer Financial Services. He wrote the widely acclaimed “Credit Card Nation: America’s Dangerous Addiction to Credit,” which received the 2001 Robert Ezra Park Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sociological Practice. Dr. Manning is a specialist in the deregulation of household debt, consumer finance, economic development, immigration and globalization. A documentary film based on his research, titled “In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Burst” is used in educational training programs throughout the country. Manning received his BA from Duke University and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.

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photo of robin wiszowatyRobin Wiszowaty: A motivational speaker, community development worker and author, has devoted her life to helping others. Her fieldwork took her to various villages, tribes and non-governmental organizations throughout Kenya and neighboring countries. Immersing herself in the culture with her adoptive Maasai family, and communicating solely in Swahili, she was forced to face issues she’d never considered: extreme poverty, drought, corruption—and discovering a love for a people in the most unexpected places. Robin is the Kenya Program Director with “Free the Children” and implements long-term development projects in partnership with local communities. Her recent book, a memoir of her experiences called My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah, explores the personal side of many African struggles. 

Fall 2011

Hill HarperHill Harper is best known to some for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the award-winning television series CSI: New York. However, Harper has also authored several books, including the 2006 New York Times best seller, Letters to a Young Brother, meant to guide and uplift young African-Americans, earning him multiple NAACP Image Awards. He has an accomplished background, graduating from Brown University, receiving his J.D. cum laude from Harvard law School, in addition to his Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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sonia nazarioSonia Nazario, named one of the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business magazine, has been a news reporter for over 20 years; most recently for the Los Angeles Times, tackling topics such as hunger, drug addiction and immigration. Her 2003 column of a Honduran boy's struggle led to the national best seller Enrique's Journey, winning more than a dozen awards including a Pulitzer Prize. Nazario has written extensively from Latin America about Latinos in the United States. She is a graduate of Williams College earning a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California-Berkeley.

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tatanka meansTatanka Means is an accomplished actor, comedian and equality advocate. He starred as one of history's most influential Native American leaders, "Crazy Horse" in Stephen Spielberg's Emmy Award-winning miniseries "Into the West." A nationally touring comedian, Means is a founding member of 49 Laughs Comedy, a popular group of American Indian comedians. The son of Russell Means, the influential member of the American Indian Movement in the 60s and 70s, Means follows in his father's footsteps as an advocate for equality and advancement for Native Americans.

Photo of Dallas Arcand performingWatch a full video recording of Native Indian
Dallas Arcand presenting Indian culture.

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