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2013-2014

Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior Feat. Dr. Charles Hoge
Tuesday, April 1, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Howard Community College, Kittleman Room (DH100)

The Howard County Book Connection presents Dr. Charles Hoge. Dr. Hoge is a nationally-known expert on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) and other physiological reactions to war, as well as treatment strategies for war-related conditions. In his book, Once a Warrior – Always a Warrior, Dr. Hoge presents the latest knowledge about combat stress and many physiological reactions to war.

Dr. Hoge served in the US Army for almost 20 years, retiring from Active Duty in August 2009. He directed the top U.S. research program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on the psychological and neurological consequences of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Several major news organizations such as CBS, ABC, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today rely on his input. He has made appearances on the Diane Rehm Show, the Paula Zahn Show, the Dr. Oz Show, Talk of the Nation, and On Point. The program will include time for Q&A and book signing. Books will be on sale in the DH Lobby following his lecture, cash only.  This event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Division; the Science, Engineering, and Technology Division; the Social Science and Teacher Education Division; the Office of Student Life; and the Wellness Center.

Tanya Biank
Thursday, March 6, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Howard Community College, Kittleman Room (DH100)

Tanya Biank will speak at HCC on Thursday, March 6th from 12:30-2:00 in the Kittleman Room. Biank, the author and journalist behind Lifetime TV’s Army Wives and Undaunted: The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Military will discuss her most challenging days as a writer and the lessons she learned about strength and courage from the women who wear our nation’s cloth.

The program will include time for Q&A and book signing. Books will be on sale in the DH Lobby following her lecture, cash only. This event is free and open to the public.

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Biank will give a second presentation on Tuesday, April 22nd from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Miller Branch of Howard County Public Library. Register: http://bit.ly/1gUm99n

Siobhan Fallon
Tuesday, October 15, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theatre
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Siobhan Fallon will speak at HCC on Tuesday, October 15th from 12:30-2:00 in Smith Theatre. See our Events page for details and for information about her talk at the Howard County Public Library and other Book Connection events.

Siobhan Fallon
Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Howard County Public Library, Miller Branch
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Siobhan Fallon presents You Know When the Men Are Gone, her award-winning debut collection of short stories about the families of Fort Hood, Texas during an Army brigade's deployment to Iraq. The New York Journal of Books called the collection, "the explosive sort of literary triumph that appears only every few years." Honors and awards include Best Book of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Self Magazine, Los Angeles Public Library, and Janet Maslin of The New York Times; a 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award; the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction; and the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction.

HCLS Book Connection Discussions:
Tea and Tomes
Thursday, September 19, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Howard County Library System, Miller Branch
410.313.1950

Elks Excellent Reads
Tuesday, November 12, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Howard County Library System, Elkridge Branch
410.313.5077

Literary Explorers Club
Monday, December 9, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Howard County Library System, Elkridge Branch
410.313.5077

Eclectic Evening
Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Howard County Library System, Central Branch
410.313.7860

2012-2013

Water First
Thursday, March 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Howard Community College, Kittleman Room

World Water Day film highlighting Malawian Charles Banda’s quest for clean water

Please join the Howard County Book Connection to learn about water and sanitation issues during a World Water Day event! We will be showing the documentary film Water First about William Kamkwamba’s (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind) fellow Malawian Charles Banda who has provided clean water to many Malawian’s.

WATER FIRST was awarded an International Jury Prize at the World Water Forum in Mexico City and has been shown at numerous festivals and international conferences including the Amnesty International Film Fest in Sweden, the UN Environmental Programme Award Film Festival in Istanbul and the Environmental Film Festival In The Nation's Capital, to name a few.

National Engineers Week - Windmill Competition
February 17-23
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National Engineers Week calls attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. Students competed to construct windmill models

Nazu African Dance
Tuesday, February 26, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Howard Community College, Kittleman Room

The Nazu Dance Company is a Baltimore-based West African Dance and Drum ensemble under the artistic direction of Nai Zou Olivier. Members of Nazu Dance Company represent a cross section of experienced, professional dancers and drummers. Nai Zou Olivier and the Nazu Dance Company use traditional and contemporary forms of West African dance and drum as a vehicle for cultural expression and personal healing.

William Kamkwamba
Thursday, November 29, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Howard Community College, RCF400
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William Kamkwamba will speak at HCC on Thursday, November 29th from 12-1:30 in RCF 400 (Rouse Company Foundation Building). See our Events page for details and for information about his evening talk at the Miller Library and other Book Connection events.

The Perfect Famine
Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Howard Community College, Kittleman Room
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In honor of World Food Day, screen the short film The Perfect Famine, which explores how conditions were ripe to create the famine that devastated Malawi in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The film will be followed by a discussion. Educational boards will be on display and informational materials will be available. This program is in conjunction with the Howard County Book Connection.

African Storytelling
Thursday, September 20, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Howard Community College, Monteabaro Hall
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Learn about African culture through stories and poems with storyteller Anna Mwalagho. She will discuss the significance of storytelling, as well as share stories and teach traditional songs.

2011-2012

Hairspray: Race in Baltimore in the 1960s
Wednesday, February 29, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Howard Community College, Duncan Hall 100 - Kittleman Room
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Free Screening! Discussion with UMBC Professor Emeritus Dr. Ed Orser, author of Blockbusting in Baltimore to follow.

African American Geneology: Tearing Down Brick Walls
Tuesday, November 1, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Howard Community College, Burrill Galleria
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Brickwalls in African-American genealogy can be caused by lack of records or improper research habits. Learning to research effectively can help to avoid these brickwalls. Genealogist Michael Hait will use a case study to highlight the challenges of researching African-American genealogy and how to overcome those hurdles.  A light lunch will be served at the end of the presentation.

The Way of All Flesh
Monday, September 19, 12 pm - 2 pm
Howard Community College, Duncan Hall 100 - Kittleman Room

Join us for a screening of The Way of All Flesh, a 1997 BBC documentary about the story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells.  A discussion will follow, led by Professor Patti Turner.  A light lunch will be served.

2009 - 2010

1001 - A Play by Jason Grote
November 11 - 21, Thursdays and Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm
Studio Theatre, Tickets $10-$15
Directed by Kasi Campbell

Co-Presented by HCC’s Theatre Program and Arts Collective

The explosive narrative of 1001 flashes both forward and backward in time from the ancient Persian fable of Scheherazade to a modern Palestinian/Jewish romance in the apocalyptic near future of America.  What stories define us in a post 9/11 world?  Should we trust either history or our received cultural narratives?  When East meets West in this dizzying fantasy, there is comedy, there is terror, and perhaps a glimmer of healing.

Stands with Many:  American Indian Storytelling
Tuesday, November 23; 12:30pm
Howard Community College, Burrill Galleria

Joseph Stands with Many weaves traditional and moving tales of American Indian culture.  Discover the role and significance of American Indian stories throughout history, and what meaning they continue to have today
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Nonfiction
(book club)
Wednesday, December 15; 7:00-8:30pm
Howard County Library -
Savage Branch


Screening of Big Fish
Wednesday, October 6; 12:30pm-2:30pm
Howard Community College - Kittleman Room
See this story about a son trying to learn more about is dying father by reliving stories and myths his father told him about himself.  Part of the Howard County Book Connection.

Eclectic Evenings (book club)
Tuesday, October 12; 7:00-8:30pm
Howard County Library - 
Central Library

Film Showing
Snow Falling on Cedars
Wednesday, September 30; 12:30 & 7:00 pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theatre
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia


Book Discussion
When the Emperor Was Divine at Eclectic Evenings Book Club
Tuesday, October 13; 7:00 pm
Howard County Central Library

Continuing the Conversation from 2008-09
Meet the author: Temple Grandin
Wednesday, October 14; 7:00 pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theatre
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Books available for purchase and signing.


Meet this year's author: Julie Otsuka
Tuesday, October 20; 11:00 am
Howard Community College, Smith Theatre
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
    and
Tuesday, October 20; 7:00 pm
East Columbia, 50+ Center
Books available for purchase and signing at both venues.

What if Your Country Thinks You're the Enemy? 
Thursday, November 12; 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Howard Community College, DH 100 - Kittleman Room
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

ELKS Excellent Reads
Book Discussion:  When the Emperor Was Divine
Tuesday, February 9, 12:30-1:30pm
Howard County Library: Elkridge Branch

410.313.5077
  

Imperial Japan's World War Two
Tuesday, February 16; 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Howard Community College, DH 100 - Kittleman Room
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
   

Mr. Werner Gruhl, author of Imperial Japan’s World War Two, presents a fresh overview of the Asian-Pacific War (1931-45) and its victims, drawing particular attention to the neglected history of Imperial Japan's invasion of China and Southeast Asia.  Mr. Gruhl will show a side to World War Two not typically discussed in American History courses, showing the impact the War continues to have on East Asians and Western ex-prisioners-of-war. 

Imperial Japan's World War Two
Tuesday, February 16; 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Howard Community College, DH 100 - Kittleman Room
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
   

Mr. Werner Gruhl, author of Imperial Japan’s World War Two, presents a fresh overview of the Asian-Pacific War (1931-45) and its victims, drawing particular attention to the neglected history of Imperial Japan's invasion of China and Southeast Asia.  Mr. Gruhl will show a side to World War Two not typically discussed in American History courses, showing the impact the War continues to have on East Asians and Western ex-prisoners-of-war. 

The Japanese American Experience
Friday, March 5, 10:30am
Howard Community College, Kittleman Room (Duncan Hall 100)

Screenings of:  After the Silence:  Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience and The Jack Soo Story

Ellicott City Seniors
Book Discussion:  When the Emperor Was Divine
Wednesday, March 10, 1:00-2:00pm
Meets at the Ellicott City Senior Center,
(behind the Miller Branch)
410.313.1950 

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Monday, March 15, 1:00-2:30pm
Monteabaro Hall, HCC Campus - Free, but registration required, as seats are limited.
Contact Continuing Education at: 1.410.772.4823 to register.
HCC employess may register online via HCC Express, Class number #2072.

In conjunction with the HCC Community Book Project selection by Julie Otsuka, join Masako Soyu Miyahara in the tea practices that began in the mid-16th century and are still observed today as a social, cultural, aesthetic and even religious custom.  Before introducing tea, three essential ingredients are required:  concentration, movement, and aesthetic appreciation.  You will witness the rich and nuanced ritual of an authentic Japanese tea ceremony by a master of this ceremony.  Note the appearance of the food,m utensils, and the decoration of the eating place.  Body movement is choreographed even down to finger positions, and utensils are of such significance that they are sometimes displayed in art museums.  The tea ceremony combines architecture, gardening, ceramics, textiles, Japanese calligraphy, flower arranging and Japanese cuisine.  Learn all details of preparation and serving tea, as well as guests' appropriate conversation methods and the final completion rituals.  This event is co-sponsored by HCC Office of Student Activities and the Howard County Public Library.


 

How-to-Haiku
Monday, May 3, 7:00-8:30pm
Howard County Central Library
410.313.7860

Learn the art of haiku from Tim Singleton, author of the Poet's Corner column in the Generations newspaper, co-publisher of the Little Patuxent Review, and board member of the Howard County Poetry and Literary Society.  Also a member of the Haiku Society of America and the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland.
  

Beginning Bonzai
April 15-May 20, Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm
Centennial High School - $79
Course Number:  #0807 XE 295 6460
Register via HCC Continuing Education Department 
http://coned.howardcc.edu/registration_and_payment/index.html

Try your hand at a hobby that will bring you years of pleasure and improve your home environment at the same time.  Did you ever wonder how these beautiful miniature trees can grow in such a small container?  Learn how to create and care for your first bonsai.  Class topics include bonsai history, basic styles, and hands-on techniques in creating and caring for your bonsai.  You will also learn about tools and basic wiring.


Good Reads
Book Discussion:  When the Emperor Was Divine
Wednesday, May 12, 7:00-8:00pm
Howard County Library: 
East Columbia Branch
410.313.7701

Origami from the Pacific Rim
Learn how to fold paper into tropical birds, flowers and fish of various Pacific Rim cultures
Ages 10 and up.  Families welcome.  Paper and instructions provided.

Howard County Library:  Glenwood Branch
Saturday, May 22, 2:00-4:00pm
410.313.5577

Howard County Library:  Central Library
Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-8:30pm
410.313.7860

Asian Film Festival  -  You Don't Know Jack:  The Jack Soo Story
Monday, May 24, 7:00-9:00pm
Howard County Library: 
Miller Branch
410.313.1950

Stories in Song
Tuesday, September 7; 12:30pm
Howard Community College, Quad

Join folk duet Magpie as they explore the storytelling power of folk music throughout cultures and time.

Telling Amy's Story
Wednesday, October 27, 12:00pm
Howard Community College - Monteabaro Recital Hall, HVPA 130

Highlights:  The life and death of one woman, this film seeks to change the outcome for millions of victims, survivors and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. 

Question and answer session following the film featuring Heather Brantner, expert from the Domestic Violence Center and Detective Molly Gale of the Howard County Police Department, Domestic Violence Unit.

Meet Writer And Radio Commentator David Greenberger
Tuesday, November 9; 2:00-3:15pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theater

and;

Tuesday, November 9; 7:00-8:15pm
East Columbia Branch, 50+ Center
410.313.7701

David Greenberger is best known for his Duplex Planet series of 'zines and spoken word projects, and he often contributes essays and music reviews to National Public Radio. Join us as David discusses stories gathered from his conversations with the elderly, and how he finds characters in traditional narratives.

2008 - 2009

Do-Si-Do with Autism: Are Your Eyes Listening?
Location: Burrill Galleria
Date/Time: 03/17/2009 2:00 PM - 03/17/2009 3:15 PM
Sarah Stup is a successful children's author whose star is on the rise, and is autistic. Sarah does not speak, but Aaron Stevens of the Frederick county ARC will speak on her behalf to give a peek inside the world of this acclaimed author and her writing process.

Elizabeth Moon Video-Conference
Location: Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center
Date/Time: 03/31/2009 12:30 PM - 03/31/2009 2:00 PM
Join a live video-conference with Elizabeth Moon, author of the 2003 Nebula award-winning novel The Speed of Dark. she will discuss the book and autism-related issues.

Autism Research, Education & Advocacy:  What you Need to Know

Monday, April 20, 2009

7:00 PM 

Location:  Howard County Central Library, Call 410-313-7860

Description:  Learn about AutismConnect, an online resource that focuses on research, educational resources, and advocacy organizations available to families in Maryland, and presents information about education of children with autism. Presented by Majorie Shulbank from the Maryland State Department of Education.  Cosponsored by the Howard County Autism Society and the Howard County Library.




Supporting People with Autism for Successful Transition to Adulthood

Saturday, May 2, 2009

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Smith Theater, Howard Community College

Description:  Stephen Shore, Ph.D., talks candidly about his personal experience in the autism spectrum and discusses critical factors in achieving the best outcome for a productive transition to adulthood. Dr. Shore is an international consultant on autism issues and a professor at Adelphi University, where he teaches courses in special education and autism. Registration fee is $50; breakfast included. Visit www.howard-autism.org for more information. Cosponsored by the Howard County Autism Society and Howard Community College.