Join us for the fourth annual MCC Creative Writing Forum!
The Metropolitan Community College Creative Writing Forum is a two-day event to promote original, inspired writing in our College and community, as well as showcase the work of accomplished authors from across Nebraska and beyond. This year’s event is Oct. 25-26, 2019. The Forum includes sessions from keynote presenter, F. Douglas Brown. The opening reception, reading and Q&A with F. Douglas Brown, and an open mic with Todd Robinson will be hosted at KANEKO on Friday, October 25 from 6 – 10 PM. This event is free for KANEKO Members and $10 General Admission. KANEKO members can register through the KANEKO website and General Admission should reach out to Annette Guy to register at email@example.com.
About F. Douglas Brown: F. Douglas Brown is the author of ICON, a new collection of poetry from Writ Large Press in 2018, and Zero to Three (University of Georgia, 2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. He also co-authored with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten (URB Books, 2016), a chapbook of poetry as part of the Floodgate Poetry Series. Brown, an educator for over 20 years, currently teaches English and African American Poetry at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys Jesuit school. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow, and was selected by Poets & Writers as one of their ten notable Debut Poets of 2014. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The PBS News Hour, The Virginia Quarterly (VQR), Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review (CQR), The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of “un::fade::able – The Requiem for Sandra Bland,” a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism.
Cheese and Wine by Region
Did you know there are almost 1000 different types of cheeses in France? Learn the major kinds of cheeses, where they’re made, what they taste like and the wines that go best with them. Join Sam Tepanossian in an interactive workshop that takes you on a tour of these French products that grace French tables all over France.
About Sam Tepanossian: A French-Armenian, Sam Tepanossian moved to Omaha in the summer of 2017. He received his MBA from ICHEC, and before that was a graduate of Haute École de Lucia de Broukère, where he received a BA in Public relations. Samuel began his career in Brussels, where he specialized in Team Management and Human Resources at the European Institutions, eventually leading to a prominent position at Procter & Gamble where he later became a Brand Ambassador. In 2012 Samuel had the opportunity to move and live in the US. He worked in New York City for a home décor company as an e-Commerce Business Development Manager. Living in different countries has taught Samuel to enjoy meeting new people, trying new cuisines and exploring new cities.
About Alliance Française d’Omaha: Founded in Paris in 1883, The Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural institutions in the world, with chapters in 138 countries, including 115 chapters in the United States. The Omaha chapter began in 1917 and recently celebrated our centennial in 2017. To share and celebrate the French language and the francophone world through cultural and educational programs is the Alliance’s mission.
Discovering new meanings of health.
Stories and storytelling create the capability for communities and individuals to adapt, adjust and manage when faced with physical, mental or societal challenges and changes.
KANEKO presents it’s newest Partner Program, What’s Your Story: The Healing Power of Words, where you are invited to create and explore innovative meanings of health and sickness.
What’s Your Story: The Healing Power of Words offers a safe space to discover and write about new meanings of health and dis-ease as it applies to you and the community around you.
This workshop meets on the first Saturday of every month to write our experiences into existence. This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required.
Category: Education • Great Minds Series • KANEKO Core Programs • Lectures • Performances | Season: Influence
Madama Butterfly: The Suicide that Stays News
KANEKO and Applied Underwriters, Inc. are proud to present the 2019 GREAT MINDS Lecture Series, where the brightest thinkers address topics with fresh, provocative perspectives.
Art has always had the power to spur social controversy, change political and social views, heighten public awareness, and ultimately change perceptions and sensibilities in matters of social impact. Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, was no different when it premiered in 1904 and as it continues to play today in theaters around the world.
For this lecture, you will be exposed to stellar performances of excerpts from Madama Butterfly, followed by a leadership panel who will discuss the artwork and its social implications. The panel will be led by Dr. Bette Talvacchia, Emerita Professor of Art History, and Jenny Rroji, Art Director and Pianist.
A special feature of Jun Kaneko’s brilliant stage and costume design work for Madama Butterfly will be on display during the presentation.
Featuring Emerita Professor of Art History and Great Minds lecturer: Dr. Bette Talvacchia
Featuring a quartet and pianist performing excerpts from Madama Butterfly:
About the Great Minds Lecture Series: The Great Minds Lecture Series highlights innovators and original thought leaders in fields relevant to KANEKO programs. This unique lecture series engages KANEKO members and visitors with “Great Minds” who are established and recognized by their peers within their respective fields or disciplines. Whether science, philosophy, or the arts, Great Minds speakers have demonstrated leadership within their fields and have a record of outstanding creativity and innovation. Great Minds speakers embody a creative philosophy that aligns directly with the mission of KANEKO focused on creative investigation.
About Applied Underwriters: Applied Underwriters, Omaha’s premier employer, is proud to support KANEKO’s Great Minds Lecture Series. The company is a leading provider of insurance and business services, serving thousands of customers nationwide. Applied’s operations campus is located in Omaha and currently employs nearly 700 people. Applied is dedicated to the presentation of public discourse on topics of high intellectual interest and impact. For more information, please visit auw.com.
Ideas Worth Spreading.
Join other TED enthusiasts for TEDxOmahaSalon, a monthly conversation group. We watch two recorded TED Talks on a topic, then talk about the implications and opportunities.
TEDxOmaha is an independently organized TEDx event. As a part of the global TED community, we connect locally to explore the ideas and situations that affect our cultures, environments, and minds. Most people are introduced to this remarkable collection of human experiences through recorded TED Talks. Through technology, we can hear stories of discovery, heartache, joy, introspection, and imagination from some of the world’s most amazing people. By creating events in Omaha, we produce an experience based on TED’s principles.
Who attends TEDxOmaha? Five hundred of our community’s most curious, forward-thinking people. Activists, artists, philanthropists, modern-day philosophers, policymakers, stay-at-home parents, and more. You, too, can gather with amazing people from our region who share their insights and accomplishments. It helps us witness what is happening – and what is possible – so we can be inspired to take bigger steps together. TEDxOmaha is held annually in October and offers monthly TEDxOmahaSalon events at The KANEKO.
For questions and more information, please visit TEDxOmaha on Facebook!
BarCamp Omaha isn’t one of those suit‑and‑tie networking conferences built by The Man.
Tune that bummer out, friend, because BarCamp Omaha is a “user‑generated” conference where the speakers are everyday free spirits talking about what they think is groovy. Talks aren’t scheduled or planned until right before things kick off, and anyone — flower children, hunks, heck, even squares — can give a talk.
BarCamp attracts people from all walks of life. It draws in Entrepreneurs who are in their first year of building their business, as well as seasoned professionals from some of Omaha’s most engaged and compelling organizations. It brings in designers, both new and established, who are helping solve fascinating or mundane problems. It engages budding engineers who are looking to get a foot in the door at your business, and established developers who are looking to learn more about the world around them. Each of these people attend BarCamp, and each of them are what makes the event so special. You’ll learn about fonts from one person, and how to brew moonshine from another.
Stoked, but feeling like taking the stage is a little too heavy? No sweat — don’t get uptight! Just come and hang loose.
At BarCamp, you won’t find a predetermined speaker list or a line of suits passing out business cards. What you will find is a mop‑top in a t‑shirt talking about moonshine, a web developer talking about the best practices in SEO, or a world traveler sharing their far‑out experiences.
BarCamp is a chance to network, learn something fab, and share what makes you feel outta sight!
Category: Education • Generator Series • Performances | Season: Influence
Use your creativity in composition!
Join us on October 10 if you dare! At this SOUNDRY workshop, we will investigate noise and non-traditional sounds to compose original scary movie music soundtracks. No experience required! With classes created for adult learners, SOUNDRY is directed by composer and pianist Stacey Barelos and includes expert instructors from Omaha and around the country. Participants will have their original spooky music featured at the GENERATOR Series: Wailing performance the following day.
About Stacey Barelos
Omaha native Stacey Barelos is a performer and composer specializing in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Regarding her first solo release, The Midwest American Piano Project, the American Record Guide said, “Stacey Barelos…plays with authority and poetic nuance, her beautiful tone captured vividly in this warm recording…” As a composer, Stacey’s works have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. In addition to her concert works, Dr. Barelos frequently writes pieces for her studio. Her recent article, “Composing for Your Students!” encourages other teachers to do the same. Currently, Dr. Barelos teaches piano and composition at the Omaha Conservatory and is the Education Director for the Omaha Under the Radar Festival. For more information, see her website, staceybarelos.com.
About Omaha Under the Radar
Omaha Under the Radar is an annual experimental performance festival in the Midwest. They celebrate cultural innovators with performances throughout the city of Omaha. The festival emerged from a desire to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to other performance communities throughout the United States.
Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 200 artists from more than a dozen cities throughout the United States. They work to represent a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions and educational opportunities. Omaha Under the Radar is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. Learn More ->
Category: Generator Series • KANEKO Core Programs • Members • Performances | Season: Influence
Dive into mysterious and raw new music at “GENERATOR Series: Wailing,” an evening of experimental chamber music that indulges in the complexity of songs outside language and asks questions about how living beings communicate. Whalesong, human cries, physical gestures, grunts, growls, hugs – it’s all on the table in the music of George Crumb, Helmut Lachenmann, Carola Bauckholt, Stacey Barelos, Cory Johnson, and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett. Featuring performances by some of Omaha’s most accomplished and innovative musicians including Tim Strang (cello), Christine Beard (flute), Stacey Barelos (piano), and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (voice).
Come early to experience newly created horror soundtracks composed by SOUNDRY Workshop participants!
PRE by Stacey Barelos/Cory Johnson
Vollmond unter Null by Carola Bauckholt
temA by Helmut Lachenmann
A Beautiful Question by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett
Vox Balaenae by George Crumb
About the Generator Series: Presented by KANEKO and Omaha Under the Radar, the Generator Series will present events that investigate music’s relationship to our physical world, seeking the connections between sound and architecture, sound and natural landscapes, sound, and the human body, and more. Focusing on music by living composers, including sound improvisation and experimental composition, the Generator Series will be an outlet for non-commercial music that asks questions about how we listen, and how we interact with sound in the 21st century.
About Omaha Under the Radar: Omaha Under the Radar is an annual experimental performance festival in the Midwest. We celebrate cultural innovators with performances throughout the city of Omaha. The festival emerged from a desire to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to other performance communities throughout the United States.
Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 200 artists from more than one dozen cities throughout the United States. We work to present a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions, and educational opportunities. Omaha Under the Radar is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. To make a tax-deductible donation in support of our programming efforts, visit our SUPPORT page.
Category: Free • KANEKO Core Programs • Lectures • Passages | Season: Influence
The University of Nebraska at Omaha and the KANEKO welcome bestselling author Matt McCarthy for the fall season of our newest core literary series, PASSAGES. Pivoting off of topics from his recent bestseller Superbugs, McCarthy and a panel of local educators, medical professionals, writers, and ethicists will gather to discuss the writing process, medical ethics and how our public institutions are serving us. The event will be held at the KANEKO, Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm.
The appearance of Dr. Matthew McCarthy is underwritten by the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Arts & Sciences, with assistance from the University of Nebraska Medical Center Office of Academic Affairs. Additional sponsors include the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, and UNO Medical Humanities.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
About PASSAGES: PASSAGES is the core literary program at KANEKO that seeks to intersect and expand all offerings and forms of creative literary activities across the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan area. Passages programming includes critical readings, interactive writing workshops and sessions, and events featuring accomplished and diverse authors.
About Matt McCarthy: McCarthy is the author of the national bestsellers,The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly and Odd Man Out as well as his most recent book, Superbugs. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and a staff physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he serves on the Ethics Committee. His work has appeared inSports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin. He reviews nonfiction for USA Today and is editor-in-chief of Current Fungal Infection Reports.
About the Panelists
Amy Haddad: Amy Marie Haddad, PhD, MFA, RN is Professor Emerita in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. Her academic publications include: Health Professional and Patient Interaction (8 th ed., Elsevier, 2014) with Drs. Ruth Purtilo and Regina Doherty, Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics (3 rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2017) with Drs. Robert Veatch and E.J. Last and Case Studies in Biomedical Ethics – Decision-Making, Principles, and Cases (2 nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2014) with Drs. Robert Veatch and Dan English. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the American Journal of Nursing, Fetishes: Literary Journal of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Janus Head, Journal of Medical Humanities, Touch, the Bellevue Literary Review, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Persimmon Tree.
Jacob Dahlke: Jacob Dahlke is a clinical ethicist and the Director of the Office of Healthcare Ethics at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE. Jacob is a graduate of the Bioethics Program at Union Graduate College – Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and has additionally contributed to the medical ethics field in Vermont, Colorado, and at Creighton University’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics. Jacob’s primary interests in bioethics include advance care planning, LGBTQ+ and feminist ethics, and healthcare professional wellness as it relates to moral distress and moral injury.
Joseph McCaffrey: Dr. Joseph McCaffrey is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a member of the Medical Humanities Faculty. His research interests lie in the philosophy of neuroscience/cognitive science, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. McCaffrey is interested in epistemological issues in cognitive neuroscience (particularly neuroimaging), and in how empirical approaches such as cognitive psychology and neuropsychology can inform traditional issues in the philosophy of mind. He is currently working on how functional localization can succeed in complex systems like brains (or gene networks), whether neuroimaging experiments can be used to test psychological theories, and whether brain research compels a revision of psychological kinds, a movement known as “cognitive ontology revision” in the neuroscientific literature.
McCaffrey has broad teaching interests in the philosophy of neuroscience/cognitive science, moral psychology, philosophy of the biomedical sciences (bioethics, neuroethics, philosophy of psychiatry, etc.), philosophy of biology, and ethics. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Washington University in St. Louis’ Department of Philosophy and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program. McCaffrey completed his Ph.D. in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History and Philosophy of Science in 2016.
Category: Exhibitions • KANEKO After Hours • Performances | Season: Influence • Opera Omaha
The Culture of Costumes
An Opera Omaha and KANEKO inspired event.
You’re invited to an evening of crafted cocktails, culinary delights, opera and conversation, inspired by the creative collaboration between Opera Omaha and Jun Kaneko. Dress to express yourself and join us as we explore the culture and curation of costumes and the ways in which a wardrobe change can alter a character. Delicious food and drink inspired by operatic themes and Jun Kaneko will be provided by Ika San.