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2021 - Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series returns and explores art in the midst of chaos

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Published 02/10/2021
Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series

Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series

Elgin Community College will host the first Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series of 2021 on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. Titled “Art Reaction! How Major Crises Inform, Impact, and Inspire Art,” this discussion explores the fascinating history of art created during Global and national crises–from periods of pandemic, war, and unrest.

This series is sponsored by the ECC Global/International Studies Team (GIST) and the Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC). Featured panelists for the event are ECC professors Amy Brandolino, MA, professor of art history, and Travis Linville, MFA, professor of photography.

“During this critical time, as humanity battles a global pandemic and many face social and political upheaval, we experience stress and unease,” said Lauren Nehlsen, Ph.D., director of international education and programs and GIST co-chair. "We are pleased to offer this virtual event to the ECC and District 509 community to engage and discuss the impact of our current world on art and creativity.”

The Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series is named in memory of the late William Pelz, Ph.D., who taught history and political science at ECC for more than 19 years. GIST co-chairs, ECC professor Christina Marrocco Ph.D., and Dr. Lauren Nehlsen will moderate the event.