Columbia College Chicago

Faculty Showcase

As a way of highlighting the creative and scholarly work of faculty who have been supported by the college through sabbatical awards and faculty development grants, the Office of the Provost hosts a Faculty Showcase on the last Wednesday of September, October, November, March, and April of each school year.

Please mark your calendars and come out to support your colleagues and engage in conversation about their work. More information on the topics will be posted as it becomes available.

Faculty Showcase 2.4
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
5-6:30 p.m., reception to follow
101 Ferguson Hall (Reception to Follow in 811)
600 S. Michigan

“Displacement: Public Video Projections and Animal Spectatorship”

Colleen Plumb, part-time faculty in Photography, will discuss Thirty Times a Minute, her video project about captive elephants that has been injected into public spaces in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Portland, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles, and most recently, in Reykjavik, Iceland. The video records dozens of captive elephants caught in unending cycles of movement, bearing the weight of an unnatural existence in their small enclosures. Plumb will discuss how installing these guerilla projections creates spontaneous interference on the street where strangers connect as witnesses, and generates discussions about the normalization of captivity.

"Atokoro sęe Nokwapem (Twi language) 'One falsehood spoils a thousand truths'"

Robert Hanserd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Instruction in Humanities, History and Social Sciences will present a selected reading from and discussion of his forthcoming manuscript: Identity, Spirit and Freedom in the Atlantic World: The Gold Coast and the African Diaspora. Hanserd highlights local cosmology and perceptions of freedom and enslavement for coastal and interior West Africans. He also points to identity and spirituality in reactions to enslavement by maroons, free blacks and captives in the Americas. These topics are centrally influential to African, Atlantic and American history and diaspora memory. 

View past Faculty Showcase Presentations