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Cultural Thursday schedule announced

Central Lakes College released the schedule for spring semester Cultural Thursday events. Each event is free and open to the public. o Thursday, Jan. 14: Noon in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. Community member Larry Fisk will speak on the...

Central Lakes College's January Cultural Thursday speaker Larry Fisk in front of the National Assembly in Venezuela. (Submitted photo)
Central Lakes College's January Cultural Thursday speaker Larry Fisk in front of the National Assembly in Venezuela. (Submitted photo)

Central Lakes College released the schedule for spring semester Cultural Thursday events. Each event is free and open to the public.

• Thursday, Jan. 14: Noon in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. Community member Larry Fisk will speak on the current political and cultural situation in Venezuela after having just returned from a December trip. Elections were just completed in which the political party opposing that of the late Hugo Chavez and current President Nicolas Maduro took control of the Legislature.

• Thursday, Feb. 4: Noon in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. In conjunction with Black American History Month, Mixed Blood Theater will perform its regional touring production of "Daughters of Africa." Fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah and many others, this music-driven celebration of African American women's triumphs and accomplishments features a collection of profiles of the famous and the forgotten. This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Tribal Relations.

• Thursday, March 3: The secrets of St. Kitts will be revealed in two presentations of photo images by CLC sociologist Gary Payne at noon and 7 p.m. in room E354, Brainerd campus. St. Kitts and nearby Nevis Island in the Caribbean Sea make up the smallest nation in the Western Hemisphere and are mostly known as tropical tourist destinations for wealthy travelers.

But the tumultuous five centuries of the tiny nation's history since Columbus contain some interesting connections between the United States' founding fathers and what is still happening on the islands today. The presentation will focus on this history, culture, people and natural environment of the islands.

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• Thursday, April 7: noon in the Music Rehearsal room, Brainerd campus. Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American Muslim Relations in Minnesota and a Somali-American civil rights leader, will speak on the Muslim and immigrant experience in Minnesota in an effort to assuage the recent surge of Islamophobia in the U.S., CLC reports. Hussein stresses his belief in peace, cultural understanding and civil liberties. Hussein's second presentation, hosted by the Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace, will be in the evening, with time and location to be determined.

• Thursday, May 5: noon in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. In conjunction with Cinco de Mayo, a Long Prairie Children's Dance Troupe under the direction of Carlos Pesqueda will perform several Mexican folkloric dances. The Long Prairie cross-cultural organization Dreams United/Sueños Unidos will also host a Cinco de Mayo event 5-7:30 p.m. May 6 in the Long Prairie Grey Eagle High School.

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