Education Notes


September 17, 2006

Free community festival today

Cecil Community College will hold its 10th annual Unity in the Community Festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today on North East campus.

The free event - "A Decade of Celebrations" - will feature booths, food and performances highlighting the Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Native American cultures.

A $2 donation for food will benefit the Eva M. Muse Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Activities for all ages will include line dancing; a "Math Brain Buster" challenge; a glider and jet plane demonstration; belly dancing; Filipino dancing; drum players; and gospel music.

Local organizations will offer activities and information about their services and programs. The involved groups include the Cecil County Department of Social Services, Cecil County Branch NAACP, Blood Bank of Delmarva, Chosen Girls Sisterhood Inc., Bridges, and the college.

Information: 410-287-1043.

Homeland security lectures planned

A lecture series on Homeland Security will be held this fall at the Higher Education Center at HEAT.

All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude with a reception. They are open to the public.

Lectures are:

Tuesday: Steven R. David will discuss "The Ultimate Nightmare: Terrorists with Weapons of Mass Destruction." David is the director of the Homeland Security Certificate Program and professor of International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University, and vice dean for Centers and Programs.

He will focus on security issues arising from the developing world, with emphasis on the Middle East.

Oct. 10: Charles D. Ferguson will discuss "Protecting the Homeland Against Weapons of Mass Destruction."

Nov. 7: Wes Parks will discuss "Civil Liberties: At What Cost?"

Complimentary seating is limited. Reservations are suggested at

Information: 410-836-4408.

Film series to explore mental health issues

Harford Community College will hold a free fall film series, "Hollywood, Hot Issues, Hot Chocolate & Hot Chat," exploring Hollywood's portrayal of mental health issues, including alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

A discussion session will be held after each movie to talk about the myths of mental health and Hollywood's role in perpetuating them.

The series is open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

All films will be shown in the Student Center, Room 243, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Scheduled films are: 28 Days, starring Sandra Bullock, on Thursday; Halloween H20, with Jamie Lee Curtis, Oct. 26; and A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe, Nov. 16.

Information: 410-836-4452.

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