GPC Newton Symposium to Spotlight "My Generation"

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Students at Georgia Perimeter College Newton will soon spend four days taking an intense look in the mirror – not to comb their hair or put on makeup, but to reflect on their lives. All events are free and open to the public.

GPC Newton’s Fall 2012 Symposium, October 29 to November 1, will explore the theme “My Generation.”  In a school week of academic and festive events, the campus’s mostly “millennial” students will compare themselves with their elders and ancestors regarding their world and how they look at it.

“It's important for students to study the generations so that they can understand how their culture, concerns and values are similar and different to those of past generations,” says symposium chair Jane Hercules, a communications instructor at GPC Newton.

Faculty members and students will discuss various topics including popular music, generational literacy, energy, sustainability, history, African-American poetry, science fiction, genetics and food.  There will be a film screening of Social Network, student music and poetry performances, and a student art show.

“We’re excited to host the fall symposium here at the Newton Campus, and it’s a great opportunity for our students to be a part of this fantastic learning experience,” says Newton Student Government Association President Mela Kissoon-Persaud.  “The theme ‘My Generation’ is a perfect choice for the Newton Campus, as it allows the non-traditional and traditional student to briefly experience each other’s genre.”   


Monday Oct. 29

·        11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The Generations: Our Lives and Times

Jane Hercules & Linda Bowen – Student presentations

·         1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Music of My Generation Chris Moser – Student presentations on this generation’s music

·         2:30-4:30 p.m. “Social Network” Free Movie and Snacks

Tuesday Oct. 30

·         10-11:15 a.m. My Generation: African-American Poets Loretta Gilead

Student presentations

·         11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Generational Literacy Julie J. Langley & Rebecca Rose

·         1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. “Forgotten Generation: Praying for Sheetrock, McIntosh County, Ga.”

and “The Town Civil Rights Forgot” Bill Fisher & John Siler

·         2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. My Generation to Your Generation: Sustainable Activities Sallie Paschal

·         3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Fueling the Next Generation Polly Bouker

·         4 p.m. Café Noir – Student Coffee House and Open Mic

Thursday Nov. 1

·         10 a.m. -11:15 a.m. History of My Generation Salli Vargis and students

·         11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Generations: A Look at Science Fiction in Film Scott McGee from Turner Classic Movies

·         1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Myth-Busters: How My Generation Eats Deborah Manson Student PSA presentations

·         2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. My Germ-eration: Whose Genes Are These Anyhow? Jeffrey Mahr Ongoing Student Art Show Room 2140

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