Friday, March 17, 2017

Delores Fisher: A Personal Note To My Carpe Noctum Readers

Hello to South Africa, Czechia, Sweden, and Poland! And, a special thank you to all my readers around the world.

                                                        Delores Fisher educator/blogger


Just want to talk about a few events and people whose lives and projects have helped me smile through the last few weeks of flu related illness. Thanks to my doctor for intervening with gentle yet cautionary medical advice and for helping me to slow down.

Our 21st century array of several effective vaccines seem to be working against recent flu outbreaks, but be cautious; nature previously revealed in 1918 its ability to mutate viruses with disastrously unpredictable global consequences.http://time.com/3731745/spanish-flu-history/    The 2017 flu season, although so far not as horrific as 1918, is still here. Health websites remind us  about that devastating GLOBAL flu pandemic.  The flu is highly contagious.  A lot of people will become sick or are already ill.

Although I am much better, I had to cancel several engagements; however, I was able to attend a few events while  regaining my strength.

MOPA (Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, CA.) Film Screening of "Spirits of Rebellion"

                            Film maker  Zeinabu Davis

Artists interact in so many ways that interlace on the daily. Film maker professor of Communication at UCSD Zeinabu Davis is a quiet and unassuming woman of immense talent. She and I have known each other as acquaintances for several years and rarely talk about our artistic projects. This is the first time I have seen her work. Her newest film is about the 1970s ethno-communications program for Latino, Black, Asian, and Native American film makers at UCLA. 


These lyrical visual story tellers created filmic narratives about African American lives through African American eyes. They collectively became known as "the LA Rebellion."  This is a must see cinematic tableau. During the question and answer session after the film, Zeinabu Davis's responses revealed her depth of passion and scope of research in bringing her fellow group of film makers to public attention.


                                                 Photo Op moment with Zeinabu Davis

Playwright Paul Wm. Taylor Jr: 
Community Actor's Theater Production "He Was A Slave"

Paul Wm. Taylor Sr. has written several plays with successful production runs--see my review of his play "Rants" that examines African American inter-generational relationships,  https://sonictapestry.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/theater-review-rants-at-san-diegos-cat-theater/ 

Although Taylor tours some of his plays on the K-12 public school circuit,  He enjoys being in community at Jennie Hamilton's Southeast San Diego theater. His play "He Was A Slave" is one of his education plays. 
                                                          Playwright Paul Wm. Taylor Jr.

Without giving away too much of the plot, the play opens with Scottie Nic center stage (yes, the same Scottie Nic  stunt double for Terry Crews in the "Longest Yard"). Nic's opening monologue is a short lecture about Black history month. His narrative is interrupted by a thick rising mist from which emerges George, the slave character played by Paul Wm. Taylor Jr. Using mist as a motif for ancestral phatasmogoric absence and presence, time is collapsed and expanded. Young actress Heleena Mosley and San Diego actress Shea Coleman create a phantom Greek chorus, commenting on pathos filled moments from George's life with song.

                                   Shea Coleman, Paul Wm. Taylor Jr., Scottie Nic, Heleena Mosley
  
Shea Coleman also enjoys working in community at San Diego's Community Actor's Theater. Although her list of acting credits include many venues, she notes that being back on CAT's local stage helps her stay balanced.


                                                     San Diego actress Shea Coleman

A panel discussion followed "He Was A Slave." Paul Wm. Taylor Jr, Gloria Verdon, Heleena Mosley and I examined ways in which America's systemic racism and slavery impact today's society. Our discussion embraced lively audience commentary/dialogue and lasted for over an hour.


 

 Heleena Mosley, Paul Wm. Taylor Jr., Delores Fisher, Gloria Verdon

 San Diego State's Student Research Symposium (SRS)
Nurturing student research is not only a way to mentor students but it is also an investment in out future scholar's ability to conceptualize and follow through major research projects. Faculty, corporate, and community volunteers serve in various capacities to ensure the symposium's nurturing ambiance. continuation. 

I have served as a judge for several years now and as a student mentor in 2014  to a Dean's award winner. It is humbling and gratifying all at once to interact with future potential. 

                                                       Delores Fisher SDSU SRS  Judge  2017

Keynote speaker Dr. William F. Welsh Jr. delivered a poignant and inspirational speech about real life experiences as a student. He noted that positive mentoring can help a student realize their true calling, provide guidance into a area of study for which a student has definitive talent. 

Often, that field may not be on a student's "radar"as a possible choice to pursue. Dr. Welsh noted that had he kept wandering without focus as he walked the road of academics, ignored mentors' advice, he may not have become a leading specialist in circumbinary planets. He is a very engaging speaker. His personal anecdotes are jewels of wisdom.


                Dr. William F. Welsh Jr Speech title: "From Tadpoles to Tatooine"




                                                        Dr. William F. Welsh Jr.
 

Student Research Symposium students are serious about research and scholarship. Different from other students, they take their research outside the classroom for public scrutiny. Here's only a few congratulations and photo ops.
                      Art and History of San Diego Presidio Ceramics group presenters
                       Shawna Bishop, Domenique Maj, Erik Fredrickson,
                      Jessica Van Ruiten,  Cecelia Holm and advisor


                                       Award winning Jessica Van Ruiten's replica pottery

Socio-emotional learning is still not fully embraced in all areas of academe. Award winner 
Kimberly King-Smithson's "Cultivating Social Emotional Growth Through Theater and Performance" presented a strong case based on her work with guiding student interaction 
through performance in popular ensemble pieces of Trolley Dances.

                                     Kimberly King-Smithson and Delores Fisher (photo op!)

David Watkin's ongoing research about choreographer Helen Tamiris opened a window that illuminated a little researched women in dance who as he stated," . . .Serves as a footnote in several books." And, violin pedagogy author Quyen Nguyen's presentation "A Sequential Approach to Developing Musical Literacy" demonstrated her globally renowned approach to teaching technique and historical context to young violinist.


                                        David Watkins, Delores Fisher, Quyen Nguyen

Quality research over several years also yielded an award for master's student Harmony Saunders. She has continued to delve deeper into research that might possibly, in a few years after completing the master's degree, become a doctoral dissertation. My thoughts are with you Harmony as you work towards your goals.
                                     Harmony Saunders

CFA 85th ASSEMBLY

I was able to attend only two of the three CFA (California Faculty Association) Assembly days last weekend. Never the less, it was still an intense couple of days for me. I hope to continue networking with new contacts and participating more actively in faculty events. In a few relaxing moments, I chose to  just chill (hang out and talk) with acquaintances, friends, and mentors. 

                                 Dr. Isidro Ortiz: 2017 Davenport Award by the National Council for 
Higher Education of the National Education Association (NEA)
             and me, (just chillin')

                                          Dr. Sharon Elise and me (just chilin')
                                 
We are mid-March and winter is blushing slowly into spring on our North American continent. Where ever you are, if healthy,  if  ill, or if  healing . . . I pray that you will stay well, get well or be and well.

                                                      Delores Fisher, Muse woman


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