The public is invited to participate in Washtenaw Community College’s second annual Liberal Arts Week, which will feature 14 different interactive, virtual workshops held October 24-28. Each session showcases how liberal arts coures empower personal and professional success, and sustain a fair and just society.
All events are free. Explore WCC’s Liberal Arts Week webpage for details and registration information. Sign up for one, all or any combination of sessions.
Liberal Arts Week is organized by the college's Liberal Arts Innovation Group as a part of October being National Arts and Humanities Month. Events throughout the week will be led by WCC faculty and special guests.
The week will highlight the wide variety of careers open through a liberal arts education. Participants will learn how the interdisciplinary path teaches skills, including soft skills, that can benefit all aspects of life.
Three keynote speakers will lead sessions on the unlimited career potential for liberal arts students:
- Eli Savit, prosecuting attorney for Washtenaw County, started his career as a public school teacher before returning to his hometown of
Ann Arbor to attend the University of MIchigan Law School. He has worked for two federal
judges and was a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Most recently, he was
senior legal counsel for the City of Detroit, where he led criminal justice reform
work for the state's largest city.
- Ari Wenzweig, founder and CEO of Zingerman's Delicatessen. Along with partner Paul Saginaw, Wenzweig started Zingerman's with a $20,000 bank
loan, a Russian history degree from the University of Michigan and four years experience
washing dishes, cooking and managing restaurant kitchens in his hometown of Chicago.
Today, Zingerman's Community of Businesses includes 10 businesses, more than 750 employees and $65 million in annual revenue.
- Alicia Puig is the curator and co-founder of PxP Contemporary and Director of Business Operations for Create! magazine. She is also a co-author of The Complete Smartlist Guide, a best-selling business book for emerging artists.
Other highlights of the week include a "Cool Careers in the Liberal Arts" panel and networking event featuring Port Huron Police Department detective Brandon Rossow, music therapist Jesse Morgan and visual artist Cydney Camp. That's followed by a "Cool Careers in Communication & Media" panel and networking event led by WCC Communication, Media and Theater Arts faculty.
Liberal Arts Week also includes sessions on generational differences, the transformative power of a liberal arts education, improv exercises, job search tips, a poetry open mic and book club discussion, and the use of dance and film to bring attention to social justice and inequity issues.