ECC to Host Humanities Fest

ECC to Host Humanities Fest

October 18, 2019 |

The ECC English and Humanities Department will host its third annual Humanities Fest for area high school students Thursday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event showcases the Humanities at ECC and beyond, and offers students breakout sessions about poetry, foreign language, philosophy, speech performance and fiction writing, and they will be able to explore the academic and career pathways that are available within the Humanities.

Students were also invited to submit their own creative work into contests, including Spanish, speech, journalistic writing, photography, poetry and creative nonfiction. Winners are announced at the end of the Humanities Fest; first place winners receive $100, and certificates are also awarded to second and third place winners. ​Lunch will be provided to attendees.​

This year’s keynote speaker, poet Jeanette Powers, will begin with a poetry reading, and also offer a poetry workshop. Powers is a writer-artist and self-described “working-class anarchist, non-binary queer and listener of rivers and bats” who is known to “skygaze day and night.” Powers is a founding editor of Stubborn Mule Press and an organizer for FountainVerse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest. Powers most recent book of poetry is “Sparkle Princess vs Suicidal Phoenix,” out through Spartan Press. Powers’s paintings will also be featured at Leedy Voulkos Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri in February 2020 as well as a month-long residency in Iceland in January 2020. For more information, visit

The ECC Art Department will also be hosting their annual Visiting Artist Demo for local high-schoolers, so there will be many opportunities on campus to be exposed to and inspired by the Arts and Humanities.

ECC offers transfer degrees in the Arts and Humanities with emphasis areas in English, Journalism/Mass Media, Theater, Fine Arts or Music.

Students or teachers will need to RSVP for the event by Thursday, Oct. 24. For more information, contact event organizer and English and Humanities Department Chair Josh Stroup at or 636-584-6646.