Tacoma Community College recently announced the lineup for its winter 2012 Artist & Lecture series, which aims to bring extraordinary people to converse with the campus community. Presentations are free and open to the public. The winter 2012 lineup is as follows:
Eric Etheridge: Tues., Jan. 17 at 11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center — Eric Etheridge is the author, journalist, and photographer of “Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders,” published in 2008. The book includes mug shots of the 328 black and white Freedom Riders who were arrested in Jackson, MS and charged with breach of peace for trying to desegregate transportation terminals in the city. Etheridge is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Robert Manning: Thurs., Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center — Robert D. Manning, PhD is a research professor and founding Director of the Center for Consumer Financial Services. He wrote the widely acclaimed “Credit Card Nation: America’s Dangerous Addiction to Credit,” which received the 2001 Robert Ezra Park Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sociological Practice. Dr. Manning is a specialist in the deregulation of household debt, consumer finance, economic development, immigration and globalization. A documentary film based on his research, titled “In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Burst” is used in educational training programs throughout the country. Manning received his BA from Duke University and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.
Michel Chikwanine: Thurs., Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m., Bldg. 11 Student Center — A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has endured and overcome unimaginable pain and hardship. His passion and belief in the possibility of change makes him a truly remarkable individual and humanitarian. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chikwanine and his family were greatly impacted by the terror of the Great War of Africa. Today Chikwanine addresses audiences across North America as a motivational speaker. He was also a speaker on Oprah’s O Ambassadors Roots of Action.