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Washtenaw Community College holding first-ever Liberal Arts Week

Local community invited to participate in workshops

Participants can explore career paths in media, social justice, music and more during WCC's Liberal Arts Week. (Pexels)

ANN ARBOR – Members of the public are invited to Washtenaw Community College’s inaugural Liberal Arts Week Oct. 25-29.

Throughout the event, community members can participate in 13 interactive workshops both virtually and in-person that demonstrate how liberal arts studies impact career paths and the world around us, according to a news release.

Sessions will cover a variety of topics, including job search strategies, resume writing, jazz, improv, indigenous cultural traditions, philosophy and critical thinking, collage art and songwriting.

The events will be led by WCC faculty and local industry and nonprofit leaders as part of National Arts and Humanities Month.

Three keynote speakers will lead workshops on career options for liberal arts students, social justice work and media. According to a news release, the speakers include:

  • Christopher Shepherd - A former WCC student who transferred to the University of Michigan and is now a consultant for Boston Consulting Group, a leading global business strategy consulting firm. Shepherd will speak at the 11 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 25 Linking the Liberal Arts to Workplace Success session.
  • Yodit Mesfin-Johnson - President and CEO of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work and founder of Black Men Read, a non-profit program for youth that tells the stories of the African diaspora. Mesfin-Johnson will speak at the 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 27 Resilience and Social Justice Work session.
  • Madison Rally - Promotions director for Cumulus Media Ann Arbor and co-host of 102.9 W4 Country’s Breakfast with Bubba show. Her career experience includes stops at other radio stations and behind-the-scenes television work. Rally will speak on lighting in a video presentation that will be emailed to registrants on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information and to register, visit the Liberal Arts Week website.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.