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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2014

54th Distinguished Faculty Lecturer


Each year, the faculty selects an educator from their ranks to address the college community. Being selected as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer is a significant honor recognizing an individual's outstanding teaching skills and contributions to the District and its students. The 54th Distinguished Faculty Lecturer is:

Faculty Lecturer

Dr. Taube incorporated her love of Central American art and traditions into a career as an associate professor of Arts at Riverside City College. Her upcoming lecture, "Journeys of the Spirit and Body: Performances, Gender, and Globalization in Highland Guatemala," showcases her experiences as a scholar in the field.

Taube holds a Ph. D. from the University of San Diego and master and bachelor degrees in Art History from North Illinois University. Her teaching career began in 1997 at Waubonsee Community College. Two years later she moved to Southern California, and began teaching as an adjunct at RCCD's colleges and at the university level. In 2004, she became a full-time faculty member at RCC.

Taube has written numerous scholarly pieces including two scheduled for publication later this year: Sexuality in Mesoamerican Figurines" (The Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality) and "The Ideal and the Symbolic: The Use of Shared Orientational Space in Contemporary Highland Maya Performance," in Maya Imagery, Architecture, and Activity.

In 2012, she served as the academic consultant and assistant producer on Gods and Kings, an 87-minute movie filmed in Guatemala that takes place at a festival in a sleepy mountain town, where traditional dances are disrupted by an eerie spectacle in which horror movie monsters dance alongside Mayan gods and Cold War dictators. The movie premiered last March at the Royal Anthropological Institute's 13th Annual International Ethnographic Film Festival at USC. Gods and Kings won the Intangible Culture Film Prize in recognition of the music, dance and performances captured on film.

Riverside City College
Thursday, May 8, 2014
College Hour - 12:50 to 1:50 PM
Salvatore G. Rotella Digital Library & Learning Resource Center Auditorium

Norco College
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
College Hour - 12:50 to 1:50 PM
Center for Student Services Building, Room 217

Moreno Valley College
Thursday, May 15, 2014
College Hour - 12:50 to 1:50 PM
Student Academic Services Building, Room 121


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