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Parkland College to Participate in Pygmalion Festival

Faculty, students part of literature, tech, art components of festival

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Parkland College will participate in various events at Champaign-Urbana's Pygmalion Festival, Sept. 20–24.
Now in its 13th year, Pygmalion began as a music festival founded by Parkland alumnus Seth Fein. In addition to live music, the festival features a tech component, including the inaugural "PygHack" hackathon activity; Made Fest, a curated marketplace featuring handmade and vintage sellers; and Lit Fest, featuring readings from world-renowned authors like George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo).

Parkland College faculty, staff, and students will appear in the festival lineup:
Tech Fest
Sept. 21, 5:30–9:30 p.m., Krannert lobby

Parkland digital media student Ryan Marshall will demonstrate physics and fluid simulations that he and other students worked on during class. He may also demonstrate animation workflows used to animate objects or characters, incorporating the software Autodesk Maya. The event is free.
24-Hour Event; Free Event

Sara Stone, Parkland's Technology Services Desk coordinator, will serve as a judge for PygHack, Pygmalion's first hackathon. Individuals or teams can sign up to create something that benefits the community or an organization in Champaign-Urbana. Coders, designers, engineers, and dreamers are all welcome. Preregistration is required, and there are cash prizes. 
Lit Fest
Sept. 23, 3 p.m. at Exile on Main Street, Champaign

As a featured writer in this year's Pygmalion Lit Fest lineup, Parkland College English Professor Amy Penne will be reading a new short essay titled "A Fluff Piece: Or, Where Does Sex Education End and an Oedipal Complex Begin? One Midwestern Mom's Query." 
Amy Penne earned her PhD in Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and has served as a professor at Parkland since 2001. She has had poetry, essays, and reviews published in Tupelo QuarterlyMinerva RisingEmbodied Effigiesthe I-70 Review, MouthFear of Monkeys, and InFact Books' Oh Baby! True Stories about Conception, Love, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love. She also has been featured on John King's Drunken Odyssey podcast. One of her essays, "Boiled Peanuts with the Undead" was nominated by Change Seven for a Pushcart Prize.
Made Fest
Sept. 22 and 23, Accord Annex outdoor lot at Market and Main Street

This free two-day, outdoor curated marketplace features handmade and vintage sellers. Parkland College Art Studio Collective will sell works in a variety of media made by Parkland art students independently or under the direction of art faculty. Staffing the Parkland booth at Made Fest will give students the experience of participating in an art fair.

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