Jared Arambula celebrates with his father, Doug, after the U.S. won the Paralympic gold in men’s basketball. (Photo: Jared Arambula / Post-Tribune)
Calumet College of St. Joseph’s (CCSJ) seventh annual Humanities Festival is approaching and this year’s theme is the underdog.
The festival begins Monday, April 1, and ends Friday, April 5. It features a wide variety of events including an art show, a public speaking competition, academic panels, multiple movie screenings, a readers’ theatre performed by students, and a keynote address from a Paralympian.
The festival began seven years ago as a fun way to get students involved while trying to promote the Humanities Department. The annual event has provided students with the opportunity to debate about philosophical and social issues, contemplate works of art, discuss literature and history, and meditate on God’s word.
Each year, a different theme is chosen. The process begins in the monthly the Humanities Department meeting. Theme ideas are solicited from faculty that are broad enough to invite multiple interpretations and approaches. These are discussed, debated, and narrowed until one is chosen.
This year’s theme is the underdog. Dr. Christoper Buczinsky of the English Program believes it’s a good fit for CCSJ. “Many of us come from difficult backgrounds, and yet we are still in the fight for a life of dignity and success.”
Having this festival is important because it shows students that the humanities are important in life. “The humanities—being human—is much more important than earning your daily bread,” Buczinsky states earnestly.
All of the events are either hosted by students or include extensive student involvement. Professors encourage their students to attend and participate in the festival, sometimes offering extra credit.
One of the most highly anticipated events is the keynote address from Paralympian Jared Arambula.
However, there is more to the festival than a single speech. “Go to what interests you.” Buczinsky comments. “There are some great film showings and discussions, a student essay contest for real money, a student poetry reading and speech contest, an underdog history of art, etc.”
In addition, the entire Humanities Festival is completely free of charge.
View the complete schedule on the Humanities Festival website. For further information contact Jennifer Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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