Friday, April 1, 2011 - 2:31pm

JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus program committee has planned several events during April.

Bill Meiers will begin a three-day visit on April 4 as part of the semester-long Community Reads program. The program has promoted the reading of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich and celebrated Native American cultures.

Meiers is an English and humanities instructor at Arcadia University and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. His extensive teaching background, which includes designing and teaching Native American fiction courses at Arcadia, features a a specialization in Louise Erdrich's novels.

Meiers will be a guest lecturer at the Native American history class on April 4 from 5:30-8:15 p.m. in the JoJo Redeye Building at the Allegany Reservation of the Seneca Nation of Indians in Salamanca. He will also be the guest lecturer during Writing About Literature classes held in room 225 of JCC's Library and Liberal Arts Center on April 4 from 1:15-2:30 p.m. and on April 5 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

On April 6, Meiers will co-facilitate a discussion of Love Medicine from noon to 1 p.m. in JCC's College Center. Joining him in the “Love is Only the Beginning” discussion will be JCC faculty members Charlotte Martines-Cappellini, Julie Musial, and Mary Grace Collier-Kisler.

Eric Gansworth will also visit JCC as part of the Community Reads program. Gansworth, an Onondaga, is a writer, English professor, and Lowery writer-in-residence at Canisius College. He was born and raised on the Tuscarora Indian Nation in western New York.

Gansworth is the author of nine books, including Indian Summers, Smoke Dancing, Mending Skins – which won the PEN Oakland Award in 2006 – and A Half Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function, which received notice from the National Book Critics Circle. His most recent books are From the Western Door to the Lower West Side, a poetry collaboration with photographer Milton Rogovin, and Extra Indians, a novel published in late 2010.

Gansworth's work has been published in The Kenyon Review, The Boston Review, Shenandoah, Yellow Medicine Review, Cold Mountain Review, and American Indian Quarterly, among others.

On April 19, Gansworth will be the guest lecturer in Writing About Literature from 8:30-9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in room 225 of JCC's Library and Liberal Arts Center. Gansworth will read selections from his fiction and poetry at 7 p.m. in Cutco Theater. A reception in the Magnano Reception Room follows the reading.
The visits by Meiers and Gansworth are made possible through grants from the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Fund for the Humanities at JCC.

In addition to the work of contemporary Native writers Erdrich and Gansworth, the Community Reads program also celebrates the work of contemporary Native American artisans. A glass bowl by Moe Watt, a Wolf effigy pot by Peter Jones (Onondaga-Seneca), a wooden spoon carved from walnut by Adrian John, and a Native American Indian doll by Frank J. Richardson are some of the works on display in the Library and Liberal Arts Center. The items are on loan to JCC by faculty members Deb Simpson and Charlotte Martines-Cappellini.

To celebrate Earth Day, JCC's campus program committee will show the PBS film Food, Inc. at noon on April 20 in Cutco Theater. The film is an exposé of the food industry in the United States.

JCC biology professor Bob Ratterman, notes, “Food Inc. is an eye-opening account of how a handful of multinational corporations have made enormous profits by manipulating global food production. This is in sharp contrast to sustainable, ‘Earth-friendly' methods.”

All events, free and open to the public, are sponsored by the JCC Cattaraugus County Campus program committee and JCC Faculty Student Association.

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