October 4, 2008

Two Days of Arts Events – Literature, Music, Art… [Derived Headline]



Two days of arts events - literature, music, art, interpretation and performance - are scheduled Thursday and Oct. 10 at Bismarck State College during the biennial North Dakota University System Arts and Humanities Summit.

Four Bismarck State College alumni will be among faculty and students from the state's colleges and universities who will showcase their creative work at the event. More than 40 events open to the public are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days in classrooms on the BSC campus; all are open and free to the public.

A faculty-student visual arts exhibit is scheduled Saturday to Oct. 18 in the Gannon Gallery at the BSC Library and Elsa Forde Gallery in Schafer Hall lobby. A reception open to the public takes place at 3 p.m. Oct. 10 in Schafer Hall.

Award-winning poet, novelist and filmmaker Sherman Alexie will give the keynote presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Belle Mehus City Auditorium. General seating admission is free for the evening's entertainment, which concludes with a question-and-answer period and book signing.

The BSC Campus Read Committee selected Alexie's book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," for campus-wide discussion in classrooms and public events during the fall semester.

The summit ends Oct. 10 with the North Dakota University System Collage Concert at the Belle Mehus. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.bismarckstate.edu/summit.

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This year, the summit emphasizes future leaders, with scholars and entrepreneurs speaking to students about their work as educators, artists and arts organization workers. The BSC alumni among the presenters work in music composition and recording and journalism.

The BSC alumni presentations are:

* Greg Nelson, composer, arranger and recording producer of contemporary Christian music, speaks on "The Music Business:That Was Then ...This is Now" at 9 a.m. Thursday in the National Energy Center of Excellence Auditorium, Room 304.

A former music teacher at Bismarck High School, Nelson left Bismarck in 1978. After moving to Nashville, Nelson produced seven Grammy award-winning albums and earned 13 Grammy nominations, 26 Dove Awards and scores of nominations. He will give a brief history and examination of the conventional music business model, how it is changing, with personal experiences and tips for career evaluation.

* Michelle Roberts, award-winning investigative reporter with The Oregonian, Portland, Ore., speaks on "News Investigating with Results" at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Leach Music Center Room 177. She will discuss her writing, memorable stories, the role writers play in protecting democracy, access to information and how to channel creativity into a high-powered career.

* Troy Sterling Nies, a composer from Killdeer, discusses "A Young Composer Commutes the World from Killdeer" at 9 a.m. Oct. 10, in Leach Music Center Room 177. Nies composes for the entertainment industry abroad. He'll explain what it means to be a composer today, with examples of his audio and video material.

* Heather McCormack, New York City, managing editor of Library Journal Book Review and editor of LJ Online Reviews, is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. Oct. 10, in the NECE Auditorium Room 304. McCormack will share how she maximized her liberal arts education to become a magazine professional with a first novel in the works. She will discuss the challenges and rewards of working in the print and online worlds at the same time. BSC hosts arts and humanities summit Oct. 9-10

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