Day two opening session and Why Plays?

Tuesday, April 12th, 9:30am – Session 1

With Janet Ehrlich Colson


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What can theatre – plays – do that other media can’t? Why is theatre relevant as we emerge from the pandemic? What is eco-comedy? And is every play political? Writer/actor/director Janet Ehrlich Colson will lead an interactive workshop and conversation exploring these questions and how theatre could give voice to your story.


Biography of the presenter:

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Janet Ehrlich Colson (she/they) is a playwright and experimental theatre artist living in Detroit. Before the pandemic, Janet enjoyed writing plays about family dynamics, eating disorders, and addiction. Since then, Janet has been writing plays about consent, climate change, and most recently, squirrels. Janet is Drama Editor emeritus and a contributor for Fleas on the Dog online magazine where her play Priced to Sell appears in volume 11. Their short play, Snails, is pending publication in the second edition of The Champagne Room, a print-only literary space. Janet received an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.

Transformation and Social Change: The Power of Storytelling

Tuesday, April 12th, 12:00pm – Session 2

With Dr. Krishnakali Majumdar


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Drawing inspiration from Carole McGranahan’s claim that storytelling is a theoretical strategy in anthropology, I discuss how anthropology as a discipline is about storytelling where the stories are transformational in intent, and the mission is relativizing: your way is not the only way to think and see the world around you. As anthropologists, we tell stories of others’ stories, stories that transform everything in the way we view ourselves in relation to the world. We learn about others’ stories by “storylistening”, talking to people. As we listen, we begin to straddle both the insider and outsider status; and we are transformed. This is the revolutionary potential of anthropology, the “wakefulness” as Edward Said calls it.


Biography of the presenter:

Krishnakali (Kali) Majumdar, Ph.D. is professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Lansing Community College. She joined the faculty in 2013, previously teaching Anthropology at Ferris State University. She holds her doctorate in anthropology from Michigan State University and her bachelors in biology from Miranda House, University of Delhi, India. 

Mental Health Is Human Health

Tuesday, April 12th, 2:00pm – Session 3

With Louise Rabidoux, Melissa Kaplan, and Barb Clauer


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There are many obstacles to getting mental health care: access, stigma, and fear to name a few. This workshop starts with an overview of these issues, then we’ll watch Please Stay: A Call for Suicide and Depression Awareness, an artistic program with contributions from LCC students and faculty. We’ll conclude with a chance to ask questions and an activity to creatively respond in our own words.


Biography of the presenters:


Photo of PresenterBarb Clauer, Lansing Community College English Professor since 2001, is founder/director of the LCC Community-Generated Poetry Project. In 2017 she was inspired by a poetry conference session and created what evolved into the LCC Poetry Project. Barb sees this as a culmination of decades of classroom teaching, and her world view at the core of her own teaching and learning: working collaboratively, being open, lifting up each others’ voices, and really listening to what emerges.

Melissa Kaplan (she/her) has produced dozens of plays, concerts, and events in her almost 20 years at LCC, dozens of educational videos during the previous 15 years as a media producer/manager, and currently develops and facilitates interdisciplinary projects at LCC as Academic and Arts Outreach Coordinator in the Business, Communication and the Arts Department. Melissa is host of LCC Connect’s Galaxy Forum podcast on WLNZ 89.7 FM, creator/content curator of Arts Connect @ LCC, and is very proud to be part of the Please Stay: A Call for Suicide and Depression Awareness creative team with Jon Ten Brink, Rob Edwards, Barb Clauer, Louise Rabidoux, Layne Ingram, and the many other contributors.
Louise Rabidoux is a licensed professional counselor who has provided comprehensive student support at LCC for nearly 24 years.  Most rewarding for her is assisting students: in identifying concerns, developing strengths and coping skills, and achieving academic and personal success. Her special Counseling interests are Grief and Loss, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Depression and Anxiety, Coping with Change, Developmental Challenges, and Post-Traumatic Stress. She is an LGBTQ+ ally and a member of the LCC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Louise holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Michigan University, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. “I strive to create a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment to help students explore their goals, feelings, and behaviors. I believe that everyone is the author of their own story, and that counseling helps clients discover their authentic narrative.”

Sunday Morning Gossip: Storytelling Strategies for Personal Brand Management

Tuesday, April 12th, 4:00pm – Session 4

With Zakiya Minifee


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Who was everyone talking about after Saturday’s party? What do your friends say about you when you aren’t in the room? Good, bad, or otherwise – people are going to talk about you, they are going to share stories or characteristics that make you unique and identifiable to others. This presentation will teach us not to ignore the gossip, but instead influence the information being shared so it’s more aligned with our true identities and personal brands.
Biography of the presenter:
photo of Zakiya Minifee telling a story at a microphoneZakiya Minifee hails from East Lansing, Michigan but has recently relocated to Chicago, Illinois. While studying history and interpersonal communication at Oakland University, Zakiya was also a member of the division I women’s basketball team. She’s an avid lover of travel, live music, and good storytelling in all its mediums. Monday through Friday she’s a principal business manager at AT&T, but you can always catch her hunting down the best live set in the city, snuggling up to a good book with her cat Kevin, or devouring too much black garlic ice cream.