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Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speaker Series

Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Social Responsibility
If you conceive it, you believe it, you can achieve it.
A powerful philosophy created by Mr. Islam which drives the Athenaeum Symposia.

Our distinguished speakers offer timely, stimulating topics delivered by today's leading experts in international affairs, social science, the humanities, arts, politics, and economics. These events encourage meaningful conversation, critical thinking, and intercultural understanding around our collective experiences.

Through a generous gift from philanthropist and civic leader Mr. Frank Islamnew window (to the effect that his remarkable story of immigrant success is told in a documentary filmnew window), all events are free and open to the community.

This year’s speakers will explore the theme of Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Social Responsibility. Our goal is to inspire respectful exchange of ideas among the Montgomery College community and the larger Montgomery County community, advancing the kinds of meaningful conversations that are ever-more important.

All events will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register through MC Learns for professional development credit.

Spring 2021 Speakers

Misoo Bang: The Journey of the Giant
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 12:00-2:00 p.m., View Misoo Bang Event Flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) !
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Misoo Bang's artwork

Through The Journey of the Giantess, Misoo Bang walks us through her transformation from victim to a powerful creator who talks about racial injustice and domestic violence. During the symposium, Ms. Bang will address the fetishization of Asian women in America, the stereotype of cultural passivity, and our response to patriarchy and male dominance. In their most powerful forms, the women in this artist’s Giantess series celebrate female fortitude, encouraging viewers to join the movement.

Misoo Bang was born in the Bronx in 1980, moved back to her parent’s homeland of South Korea one year later, then returned to the US at 18 to use painting as her mode of emotional communication and storytelling. Her honors include Emerging Artist of New England in 2019 and Vermont Artist to Watch in 2020; her exhibition venues include Boca Raton Museum of Art, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Florida Atlantic University, Durham Arts Council, University of Vermont, Girl’s Club of Fort Lauderdale, Champlain College, Flemings Museum, and Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv.

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 These events fulfill the Multicultural Diversity Training requirement for MC employees. 
To reserve space for classes or to request accommodations for an event, email or call 240-567-1845. 

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