Lift Every Voice Live Webinar Pt I

Earlier this year, the WCUI Smith Library was 1 of only 50 institutions around the country chosen to participate in the ‘Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters’ grant. The Lift Every Voice grant is a national public humanities program dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the extraordinary range and richness of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition. The focus is to provide a voice and discover what African American poetry can tell us about American history, our national identity, and how we can build on the work of earlier generations to improve our world today. Representing Los Angeles, WCUI joins New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, and public institutions around the country in offering two free public events. 

The first of the two sponsored events will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm PST, in a live Zoom webinar. In part one, spoken artist, Michael D. McCarty will guide a 1.5-hour reading and discussion “Ode to Herb Kent” (2015) written by poet and R&B singer Jamila Woods. The poem reflects on Herb Kent, “the longest-running DJ in the history of radio” and is set in Chicago where our webinar speaker, Mr. McCarty, was born and raised. Register today join! 

Register here and join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 1:30 pm PST: https://wcui.zoom.us/webinar/register/5015984792590/WN_rcJ9OFd1Ssyul1Mb9XNc6Q 

The Lift Every Voice program will stimulate discussion about family and community service to stress the importance of volunteering in communities and its subsequent benefits. The event is complimentary and open to the public and all WCUI campuses, students, staff, faculty, and friends so please feel free to share with others who may be interested!

 

Meet the Speaker: Michael D. McCarty

Michael McCarty

Michael D. McCarty has been telling stories for almost three decades. Michael’s multicultural stories reveal the struggles, joys, triumphs, and beauty of African and African-American history and culture, urban legends, international folk tales, historical tales, stories of science, spiritual stories, and stories of the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life, in order to inform, educate, inspire and amuse communities at schools, libraries, and prisons. We are thrilled to have him lead this program alongside the WCUI Smith Library and hope to see you there! 

This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective

 

To learn more about the Lift Every Voice programs visit: https://www.africanamericanpoetry.org/ 

 Stay tuned for information about Part Two of the Lift Every Voice program at WCUI on Wednesday, November 18th! For questions about the event, please email cat.herzon@wcui.edu 

 

Dr. Neville C. W. Smith was a Board Certified Radiologist, Co-Founder of WCUI, and Medical Director of Ultrasound Institute Medical Group (UIMG). His contributions and dedication to the healthcare field, have shaped and guided WCUI into the school and community we are today. Although today we mourn the loss of such an influential figure 11 years ago today, we also remember the amazing work he put into his community, education, and our students, staff, and faculty.

Who Was Dr. Neville Smith

Dr. Neville Smith      

(Pictured above, Dr. Neville Smith WCUI Co-Founder)

Dr. Neville Smith was dedicated to enhancing quality education in the art and science of medical sonography, MRI, and nursing. In 1998, Dr. Smith and fellow co-founder Myra Chason, BS, BSN, RDMS, a well-known diagnostic medical sonography instructor, began WCUI in Beverly Hills, California. WCUI began as a medical imaging college specializing in ultrasound and MRI with the goal of providing advanced and high-quality education to the next generation of medical imaging professionals. With the support of a well-renowned staff and faculty from the community, Dr. Smith, and Myra Chason initiated the new training style of “edutaining” that is still in place in our programs today!  This particular teaching style blended education & entertainment, which allows the learning process to be more entertaining, while students still learn the complex subject matter, skills, and protocols needed in the demanding medical field. In addition to understanding the important need of having an institution specializing in medical imaging, Dr. Smith recognized the great need for a top-quality nursing program as well. This led to the expansion of a truly outstanding nursing department that is still growing today!

Along with the development of WCUI, Dr. Neville Smith opened the Ultrasound Institute Medical Group (UIMG), a low-cost ultrasound health center, which caters to patients who do not have medical insurance. Today, the clinic continues to offer low-cost diagnostic imaging to patients in need.

In Memoriam 

Dr. Neville Smith’s mission continues to live on in WCUI’s journey and development. Today, WCUI has three campuses located in Los Angeles, California, Ontario, California, and Phoenix, Arizona. We offer nine programs and counting, ranging from two Bachelor of Science degree programs in Sonography, three Academic Associate of Science degree programs in Sonography and MRI, to five diploma programs in Pediatric Echocardiography, MRI, Vocational and Practical Nursing. And our WCUI Smith Library at each location honors his commitment to learning.

We honor his memory and his contributions to WCUI in maintaining quality education, curriculum innovation, and an effective course of clinical rotations. WCUI is in perpetual gratitude for having been a part of his vision which still is viable today. 

A huge congratulations are in order for the WCUI Smith Library! WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing has received a Lift Every Voice programming grant for the WCUI Smith campus libraries from the Library of America. This award has been made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective.

WCUI is one of only fifty institutions around the country chosen to participate in the ‘Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters’. The Lift Every Voice grant is a national public humanities program dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the extraordinary range and richness of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition. The focus is to provide a voice and discover what African American poetry can tell us about American history, our national identity, and how we can build on the work of earlier generations to improve our world today. Representing Los Angeles, WCUI joins New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Kansas City and public institutions around the country in offering two free public events. 

WCUI and the Lift Every Voice Program Grant

Lift Every Voice Logo

WCUI Regional Librarian, Cat Herzon, found the right fit for the grant through WCUI’s Pro Bono Wellness Program, as the idea of working within the themes of family, community, and community service fell into place. Two poetry readings and discussions will involve students, faculty, staff, and the public in dialogs about the importance of community service and building connections within communities to the point where providing medical assistance outreach and education feels as comfortable as being with family.

According to Max Rudin, Lift Every Voice Project Director, the grant includes program support for a minimum of two events during the grant period, including participation by poets and scholars. WCUI will offer these programs to the general public free of charge, either in person and/or online.

About the Library of America

The Library of America is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to support our nation’s cultural heritage by publishing America’s greatest writing in authoritative new editions and providing resources for readers to explore this rich, living legacy. Library of America editions encompasses all periods and genres—including acknowledged classics, neglected masterpieces, and historically important documents and texts. Additional public programs, digital resources, and community partnerships help readers worldwide make meaningful connections with our nation’s written heritage.

About the WCUI Smith Library

The WCUI Smith Library branches are available at each campus to provide our students with a space to complete projects, do research, and study between classes. Our library is stocked with over 1,000 textbooks, electronic books and journals, DVDs and CDs, and student computers and printers. Our LibGuides Online Library gives our students remote, 24/7 access to our full collection of resources even when they’re not on campus. To discover the LibGuides resources visit: https://wcui.libguides.com/

 

To learn more about the ‘Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters’ programming grant visit: https://www.loa.org/news-and-views/1596-library-of-america-offers-grants-to-libraries-to-celebrate-african-american-poetry

To learn more about the Library of America visit: https://www.loa.org/

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