Students and Community Engage in ‘Global Education for Girls’ Series
The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College, Georgian Court University and the Ocean County Library System are partnering for two months of art exhibits, documentary films, lectures, poetry jams and seminars as part of “Beyond the Classroom and Critical Concerns: Global Education for Girls.” As OCC explains, “The presentations will bring theory and practice together to feature extraordinary individuals who are working every day to improve access and equality in education around the world.”
The idea for this project arose, said OCC Director of Cultural Affairs Mark Wilson, when he met Joan Osa Oviawe, an immigrant from Nigeria who is the co-founder and executive director of Grace Foundation-Nigeria, as well as a professor at Cornell University, and Mary Mihelic, a painter whose “53 Running Girls” exhibit was inspired by the girls who escaped Boko Haram.
“Their stories and work inspired me to collaborate with colleagues from Georgian Court University and the Toms River Library on Beyond the Classroom and Critical Concerns: Global Education for Girls,” Wilson stated. “The goal of the program is to engage students, audience members and residents of the Jersey Shore in an open dialogue on both the cultural values that affect girls’ access to primary and secondary education, as well as the historical development that has driven their increased access globally.”
Wilson added, “It is through open discussions and the sharing of information that we can open our perspectives on the barriers in education for girls and women locally, nationally and internationally.”
An opening ceremony, during which Oviawe and Mihelic will discuss what inspired the Global Education for Girls series, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Gateway Lecture Hall on OCC’s main campus.
For a full schedule of events – at OCC, Georgian Court University and the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library – visit ocean.edu. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. —J.K.-H.