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Arts and Letters Day at SCF Venice Explores Reading as a Subversive Act

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 21, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host Arts and Letters Day on Thursday, Nov. 5 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. Celebrating reading the gnostic past, the bittersweet birth of the blues and sensual delights of contemporary horror fiction, the event is sponsored by the SCF Venice departments of Language and Literature and Art, Design and Humanities, along with the Swamp Scribes. All activities are free and open to the public.

The theme of this year’s event is subversion, or questioning the dominant order.

“The act of reading may be a subversive act, one in which the reader challenges perceptions (or structures) of culture and identity,” explains Dr. Frances Auld, SCF language and literature professor. “When a young girl picks up a book in a culture that restricts women’s education, or a first generation college student struggles to re-chart the trajectory of his life, reading evokes change.

“On another level, the ways in which we read one another, through a glance, a gesture, a text or some other artifact, tells us as much about the reader as the artist,” he continued. “If such reading is, indeed, always and inherently a subversive act, then it may also be seen as a revelatory act. What and how we read Arts and Letters may expose us as complicit in the act of creation.”

Wisconsin-based blues musician Mark Tully speak about “The Development of Blues” at 9:30 a.m. Tully champions traditional, bare-bones Mississippi Delta, Texas and Chicago-style blues from the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and B.B. King.

Dr. Woody McCree, associate professor in the Art, Design and Humanities department, will address “Subversive Readings of Genesis: The Creation of Adam according to Valentinus the Gnostic,” at 11 a.m.

Dr. Michael Arnzen, four-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of horror fiction and poetry, will discuss “Story Shadows” at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Arnzen’s latest works include Proverbs for Monsters, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Fiction Collection; Audiovile, a spoken word CD featuring original music; and Many Genres, One Craft, an instructional guide for novelists, co-edited with Heidi Ruby Miller.

The Swamp Scribes, the SCF Venice language and literature club, will sponsor an open mic for readings of original poetry and fiction beginning at 2 p.m., and throughout the day there will be poetry readings on the hour in the SCF Venice Library and student art on display in the Venice Art Gallery (building 300).

For more information, contact Dr. Ford at fordd@scf.edu or call 941-408-1501. Maps and directions are available at scf.edu/maps.

Tim Nail, vice president of student government at SCF Venice campus participates in a poetry and spoken word open mic presented by the Swamp Scribes, a language and literature club, earlier this month.

Tim Nail, vice president of student government at SCF Venice campus, participates
in a poetry and spoken word open mic presented by the Swamp Scribes,
a language and literature club, earlier this month.

 

 

 

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