More C3 conversations: exploration for students

This semester, the university will be sponsoring some events to help ease the pain of transitioning into unfamiliar class schedules, and lighten the burden of hectic course loads students will have to endure throughout the spring semester.

The school will host another C3 event Jan. 14. The events seek to create a community dedicated to exploring the relationship between Christianity and culture. The latest conversation will feature Makoto Fujimura, an artist known for his lectures, books and paintings. Some of his work includes The Splendor of the Medium, Water Flames and Charis.

Associate Professor, department chair of the music department and director of C3, Dr. Mark Aaron Humphrey, is excited about Fujimura’s visit to the university, and believes students can relate to him in many ways.

“He is a deep thinker about important issues facing artists of faith. There are some great blogs and accessible books about these things, and there are some great scholarly works on the topic as well.

He represents both accessible and scholarly work, which makes him a great fit for us. People from a variety of backgrounds in the arts and faith can relate to his thinking,” Humphrey said.

The first C3 event of the year features Makoto Fujimura. Courtesy photo.

University transitions program director and advisory board member of C3 Kristy Brischke was pleased with the results from a conversation with Christian recording artist, Michael Gungor at the C3 event Nov. 9.

“We had a great turnout, nearly 200 students on a Friday afternoon. What I loved about it is it wasn’t just another concert or event. It was an intimate conversation with Michael Gungor, where the students really got to know him, his motivations, his beliefs (and) his personality. It was really neat,” she said.

So far, the C3 conversations have been a hit with the student body.

Brischke said, “Students really seemed to enjoy it. It was different. I think they were impressed with the newness. As the provost said, it was one of the best events he has seen on campus since his time here. That says a lot.”

Even though some students may not be aware of the Fujimura’s work, Brischke is optimistic that the turnout of the next C3 event will be just as good as the last.

“Makota Fujimura is not as known or popular as Gungor. I really hope students will grasp onto the idea of C3 and come out to hear him,” she said.

The conversation with Fujimura will be held in the Baugh Center for Visual Arts Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The next C3 event will be with Leslie Leyland Fields, author and essayist, Feb. 5. at 6 p.m., followed by novelist Ron Hansen Feb. 6.

Screenwriter and director of Blue Like Jazz Steve Taylor will host a showing of the movie Feb. 19 and will speak in Chapel Feb. 20.

More about C3 and upcoming events is available online at  http://C3.umhb.edu/.

Author: April Littleton

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