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International lecture series.


Each semester, North Central’s International Committee, in partnership with the Michigan Global Awareness Consortium, brings free international events to campus.  Students and community members are welcome to attend all international events.



Iceland’s Saga Today:  Lessons from a Small Island
Thursday, October 2, Noon
FREE and open to the public
Library Conference Center


Join photographer, educator and explorer Carole Elchert for a look at Iceland’s approaches to the issues that face rich or poor, large or small countries around the world:  how to preserve the environment and develop resources; how to increase literacy; how to reduce poverty while increasing wealth; how to protect the freedom of information and privacy rights; how to eschew war in a well-armed modern world; how to revitalize today with the great literature of the past—the sagas.  Carol will present her beautiful photographs and insights from multiple visits to Iceland and lead a discussion on issues that impact all cultures. 




Rome:  Eternally Engaging
Tuesday, October 21, 7 PM
Free and open to the public
Library Conference Center


From the rubble of the Roman ruins to the magnificence of the Vatican Museums, learn how history, art and religion have intertwined throughout the years to create The Eternal City. 


Take a photographic tour of Rome while discovering the history and magnificent sights to see in seven sections of Rome:  Ancient Rome including the Forum and Colosseum; religious Rome including the Vatican; North Rome including the Borghese Gallery and Gardens; “Old Rome” including the Pantheon; the Piazza Venezia area; churches near Ancient Rome; and, the most colorful section of Rome, Trastevere.  Join Robyn Scott as your travel guide.  Robyn received a BA from U.M. and MA in Spanish Literature.  She has lived and travelled throughout Europe, and worked as a speaker for Celebrity cruises.  Robyn’s presentation emphasizes the architecture, art and history of Rome and will prepare students interested in joining the college’s spring Study Abroad program in Italy.