Liberal Arts Week

September 24, 2021 Washtenaw Community College

Liberal Arts Week

October 24-28, 2022

Find your path. Love your job. Explore your possibilities during WCC’s Liberal Arts Week.


Join us for WCC’s 2nd Annual Liberal Arts Week, October 24-28!

October is National Arts and Humanities Month! Celebrate with WCC through interactive virtual workshops, showcasing how liberal arts classes empower personal and professional success, and sustain a fair and just society.

All Liberal Arts Week events are free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

  • Connect with WCC faculty, as well as community leaders from industry & nonprofit organizations.
  • Gain skills necessary for success in the workplace and life.
  • Learn more about Liberal Arts Courses and Workplace Skills at WCC.


eli savit

Eli Savit

Prosecuting Attorney for Washtenaw County

Eli Savit serves as the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Washtenaw County. A Washtenaw County native, Eli grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, and from Kalamazoo College. Eli started his career as a public school teacher, teaching special-education and general-education 8th grade American history. He then returned home to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan Law School.

Eli has dedicated this career to public service. After law school, Eli worked for two federal judges, then as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. In private practice, he dedicated significant time to pro bono matters—representing children with disabilities, victims of consumer fraud, and asylum applicants fleeing domestic violence and spousal abuse.

Most recently, Eli served as the City of Detroit’s senior legal counsel, where he led criminal-justice reform work for Michigan’s largest city. Eli is also a nationally recognized attorney who has led public-interest lawsuits against some of the country’s toughest adversaries—adversaries such as banks, the opioid industry, slumlords, and corporate polluters. Eli continues to teach at the University of Michigan as a Lecturer.

Throughout his career in public service, Eli has witnessed first-hand the cascading consequences of a broken criminal-justice system. He ran for Washtenaw County Prosecutor to ensure equitable justice for all Washtenaw County residents and he is humbled by the faith and trust that the voters of Washtenaw County have placed in him.

Ari Weinzweig

Ari Weinzweig

Founder and CEO, Zingerman's Delicatessen

In 1982, Ari Weinzweig, along with his partner Paul Saginaw, founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen with a $20,000 bank loan, a Russian History degree from the University of Michigan, 4 years of experience washing dishes, cooking and managing in restaurant kitchens and chutzpah from his hometown of Chicago. They opened the doors with 2 employees and a small selection of specialty foods and exceptional sandwiches.

Today, Zingerman’s Delicatessen is a nationally renowned food icon and the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses has grown to 10 businesses with over 750 employees and over $65 million in annual revenue. Aside from the Delicatessen, these businesses include Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Coffee Company, Creamery, Roadhouse, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Candy Manufactory, Cornman Farms and a Korean restaurant that is scheduled to open in 2016. No two businesses in the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses are alike but they all share the same Vision and Guiding Principles and deliver “The Zingerman’s Experience” with passion and commitment.

Besides being the Co-Founding Partner and being actively engaged in some aspect of the day-to-day operations and governance of nearly every business in the Zingerman’s Community, Ari Weinzweig is also a prolific writer. His most recent publications are the first 4 of his 6 book series Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading Series: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business (Part 1), Being a Better Leader (Part 2), Managing Ourselves (Part 3) and the newly-released Part 4, The Power of Beliefs in Business. Earlier books include the Zingerman’s Guides to Giving Great Service, Better Bacon, Good Eating, Good Olive Oil, Good Vinegar and Good Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Alicia Puig

Alicia Puig

Co-founder of PxP Contemporary
Director of Business Operations for Create! Magazine

Alicia Puig is the curator & co-founder of PxP Contemporary, Director of Business Operations for Create! Magazine, an arts writer, and a regular guest host of The Create! Podcast. She is also a co-author of The Complete Smartist Guide, a bestselling business book for emerging artists. She has worked in the arts industry for over a decade for galleries, museums, art fairs, private collectors, art publications, and an auction house in the US, The Netherlands, and Costa Rica. Her writing has been featured in magazines and on blogs including All She Makes, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Art She Says, Artwork Archive, and Artspiel, among others. Additionally, she has served as a guest curator for Hastings College, All She Makes, Rise Art, SHOWFIELDS, Visionary Art Collective, and Altamira. Her booth at the Fall 2022 edition of the Affordable Art Fair in New York City was awarded the Honorable Mention for Curatorial Excellence out of over 70 participating galleries.


Monday, October 24

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Victor Vega, WCC Vice-President of Instruction
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Liberal Arts Week Keynote

Eli Savit, Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney

In his keynote remarks, Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit will discuss how cross-disciplinary work is necessary to building a fair and equitable legal system—and will share how his office is working across systems to create fairer and safer communities.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cool Careers in the Liberal Arts Panel & Networking Event

Detective Brandon Rossow, Port Huron Police Department,
Jesse Morgan, Music Therapy,
Cydney Camp,Visual Artist

Employers across industries know -- the skills we develop in liberal arts classes are essential to successful organizations! In this moderated Q&A, you’ll learn directly from professionals with a liberal arts background how they use their training in the arts and humanities to succeed in the workplace. You’ll also get to ask your own questions in networking breakout rooms! Join us to learn how #TheLiberalArtsGetPaid.

Tuesday, October 25

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Liberal Arts Majors: There is Hope! How a Russian Lit Major Created the Zingerman’s Franchise

Ari Weinzweig, Founder and CEO, Zingerman's Delicatessen

The Liberal Arts committee is excited to host this moderated Q&A session, with one of the founders of Zingerman’s, Ari Weinzweig. This session will focus on the transformative nature of the skill sets taught in the liberal arts and how this impacted the birth and growth of the Zingerman’s brand.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Boomers, Millennials, Xr’s and Z’s, Oh My!—What, if anything, do we owe those not living yet?

Meghan Bungo, Philosophy
Charlie Johnson, Philosophy

WCC philosophy faculty Meghan Bungo and Charles Johnson will debate the issue of whether we have any obligation to provide for future generations. After starting the debate, it will be turned over to the audience so that others can share their ideas on this fascinating topic.

Wednesday, October 26

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Building a Business in the Arts

Alicia Puig, Co-founder of PxP Contemporary

What does it take to build a business in the international arts industry? How can you create a career in the arts while maximizing your liberal arts skills? Curator, writer, and gallery owner, Alicia Puig will share her college and post-college experiences that led to a career in the arts industry in the US and abroad. Q&A will follow the presentation.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Transformations In The Liberal Arts: A Teaching & Learning Conversation

Wen Matthews-Naumann [they/them], WCC Alumnus
Hava Levitt-Phillips [she/her], WCC English & College Readiness

Join Hava Levitt-Phillips and Wen Matthews-Naumann for this exploration of the transformative power of liberal arts education. Learn about the extraordinary use Mathews-Naumann made of their work in “English 181 – African American Literature” to grow beyond their burden of inherited racism.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Improv for Everyone

Hope Bernard, Theater Arts

Improv-- the art of performing without a script-- develops our ability to listen, connect with our colleagues, and act on the spot. Whether you are an improv beginner or veteran, this workshop will spark your creativity and provide a healthy dose of fun. Come ready to participate in improv exercises and games. Who knows what will happen?

Thursday, October 27

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Start Tuning Your Job Search Engine NOW! WCC Student Alumni Demonstrate How They Shifted Gears From Student to Professional!

Wondering how to crack into the job market when you get your degree? Are there steps you can start taking now to put you in gear toward your first position in your desired career? This session brings real WCC Alumni stories front and center to light the pathway to successful career entry before, or after, graduation! Learn the planning steps you should be taking NOW to get on track for driving straight into new and exciting professional job opportunities! Join us to learn how #TheLiberalArtsGetPaid.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Shadow: A Spooky Poetry Open-Mic

Tom Zimmerman ,English & College Readiness
Maryam Barrie, English & College Readiness
Molly Ledermann, Faculty Librarian

Bring a poem to read, pick a poem from the event’s online Padlet, or just come and listen to this virtual poetry open mic featuring spooky, scary, dark, fantastical, funny, and Halloween-themed poems. Brought to you by the WCC Poetry Club, Writing Center, and Bailey Library.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Book Club on Rebecca Solnit's book, Orwell's Roses

Maryam Barrie, English & College Readiness

Introduction to Solnit’s work in this remarkable text, with excerpts from the book as well as some of Orwell’s original writing.

Friday, October 28

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Closing Remarks

Scott Britten, Dean of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cool Careers in Communication & Media Panel & Networking Event

Wondering what careers highlight the skill sets you’ve been acquiring in your Liberal Arts classes? Wonder no more! Join the Communication, Media and Theater Arts faculty to explore the bright future one could have within these exciting disciplines. Meet with our panel of working professionals in breakout rooms for small group discussions about your future.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Transforming Dance Performance into Documentary

Krisilyn Frazier, Performing Arts

Krisilyn Frazier merges the art of dance and film to focus on bringing attention to social justice and inequality issues. Join us for this exciting session about the intersection between dance & documentary, with one of WCC’s own remarkable faculty.