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Anthology By Seth Michelson

For the past 6 years, the Humanities Department has been hosting “Humanities Days.” For a week, they have special events with guest speakers, workshops, films and more. This year, Humanities Days is the week of October 22nd.

On Tuesday October 23rd, Seth Michelson will be presenting his anthology, Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention, at all three MC campuses. This anthology is a collection of prose and poetry by young immigrants who are being held in detention centers in the US.

He will be at the Germantown campus from 12:30 to 1:45 in BE 151, Rockville from 3-4:30 in the Theater Arts Arena and Takoma Park from 6:30-8 in Commons 211.

Professor Michelson has set up poetry workshops in some of the maximum security detention centers, and is now sharing his experiences, as well as the experiences of some of the detainees. He will be speaking about the poets themselves, and reading some of their works. Since these young people are being detained, they are unable to share their works themselves. The poems are written in Spanish and English and will be presented in both languages as well. Through these pieces of literature, we can catch a glimpse of what life is like for these people – our fellow students.

I am planning on going to see Professor Michelson’s presentation so I can better understand the hardships my peers are facing right now and so that I can find out what I can do to help.

MC has many opportunities like this throughout the school year if you want to take advantage of these amazing opportunities to expand your cultural horizons.  Anthology by Seth Michelson

Cassidy Colbert

I am a 19-year-old lifelong resident of Damascus, Maryland. I am in my 3rd semester as a part-time student at MC. I plan on getting my Associates Degree in the next couple of years and then transferring to the University of Maryland at the Universities at Shady Grove (health permitting).

MC has been my academic home for the past year and I could not be happier. I started off my collegiate experience at Salisbury University in the fall of 2015, but due to my Chronic Lyme Disease, I was forced to drop out. I thought my academic life was over, as I was too ill to handle a full course-load, but that is when I discovered the part-time option at MC. MC gave the choice to take as many, or as few classes as I wanted, and because of this, I am now back on track to getting my degree. MC also offered me disability support services to further assist me in accomplishing my dreams.

I hope that this blog can help other students like me to see that even though they may not be taking the “traditional” route towards higher education, MC offers load of opportunities that will get us where we want to go. Whether you aren’t sure where you want to end up in life, or have another obstacle, like a chronic illness or disability, you can still reach for the stars and accomplish anything they want to here at MC. 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. This is fascinating Cassidy! Yet another MC event few will know about. Thanks for sharing this information; it would be good for students and staff alike.

  2. What an amazing blog Cassidy, this is something all students should know about so thank you for sharing it with us and I hope to attend one of the sessions.

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