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  • Monday, August 4: Fall Courses Posted Online
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CIVIC TOURISM, THE POETRY OF POLITICS AND PLACE
Friday, April 11; Lecture at Noon, Workshop at 1:30pm
WNMU Global Resource Center

Dr. Shilling, the architect of Civic Tourism, says "Regions can use the tourism industry to help preserve their distinctive cultural, natural, and built environments, as well as foster economic growth." But in order to do so, communities need to reframe the conversation about tourism and community development. "Rather than see tourism as an economic end in itself," Shilling says, "citizens should use it as a tool for healthy place-making. It's part of the solution."

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GARY TROUSDALE, STORYBOARD ARTIST/DIRECTOR
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:30pm
Parotti Hall Auditorium, in the WNMU Fine Arts Complex

Gary Trousdale, Storyboard Artist/Director gained prominence in his field with the success of his animated film directorial debut Beauty and the Beast, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a LAFCA Award. Get to know some of America's finest artists - learn about an artist's motivations, techniques and history while being genuinely entertained. Light refreshments will be served.

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THE WRITER AS AN ARTIST IN A WORLD OBSESSED WITH CATEGORIES
Friday, April 25, 2014
Refreshments- 5:00pm, Presentation- 5:30pm
WNMU Global Resources Auditorium

Michael McGarrity, author of the acclaimed Kevin Kerney crime-suspense novels that take place in modern New Mexico, will discuss his experiences as a writer and law enforcement officer. Refreshments will be served in the auditorium lobby.

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