Internationally Renowned Author, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer to Speak at SF’s World Humanities Expo

The World Humanities Expo (WHE) is a week-long, multi-disciplinary show of lectures, performances, student research and creative projects in the Humanities at Santa Fe College. he expo runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 15-18 in the Fine Arts Hall at the front of the Northwest campus, 3000 NW 83rd St. All events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of the week’s events, visit http://whe.blog.sfcollege.edu.

This is the 7th annual WHE organized by SF’s Humanities & Foreign Languages Department, incorporating interdisciplinary humanities, religion, philosophy, public speaking, American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish, through a variety of events including creative artifacts and projects, concerts, demonstration classes, and speakers.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kaplan will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 on his film “Not as I Pictured,” in which Kaplan turns the lens on himself after being diagnosed with a rare case of potentially deadly lymphoma. Kaplan’s remarkable imagery takes the viewer beyond his despair and through his powerful belief that he can –- and must -– beat cancer.

“Kaplan’s film is getting rave reviews from the public,” said Philosophy Professor and WHE Committee Chair Eugenio Zaldivar. “We are humbled to bring such a big name to the SF campus for the expo.”

As part of the expo, Santa Fe Spanish faculty and students will present a children’s storytime geared at children ages 4-10. Santa Fe students will read classics and well-known children’s stories such as “Leo, The Late Bloomer,” “Good Night, Moon,” and Dr. Seuss stories in English and Spanish. Storytime will take place outdoors in the Fine Arts Hall amphitheatre, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, and children from the community are invited to attend.

Keynote Speaker David Leavitt will close the Expo at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, with his talk, “The Forgotten Virtue: Some Reflections on Humility—and Genius—and Anton Chekhov—and Alan Turing.” Leavitt’s talk will address the virtue of humility in an age that demands and rewards relentless self-promotion. He draws examples from the life and work of short-story writer and playwright Anton Chekhov and mathematician Alan Turing.

Call the Humanities and Foreign Languages Department at 395-5075 should you need more information.

~ This press release was written by Amanda Hernandez, Communications Specialist, College Relations

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