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On Campus at GCC: Various lectures, theater productions coming to Glendale Community College

A lecture titled “Bringing Life to Materials with Chemistry” will be presented at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 in room 177 of the Cimmarusti Science Center at Glendale Community College as part of the school’s science lecture series.

The speaker will be Hurik Muradyan, a former Glendale Community College student and current doctoral candidate in chemistry at UC Irvine.

She will speak about her academic and career journey from community college to doctoral candidate and the research she has done along the way. She is working on her thesis at UC Irvine in the field of advanced polymeric materials.

Muradyan transferred from Glendale Community College to UC Berkeley as a chemistry major after a summer spent as an undergraduate research fellow at UC Irvine.


After earning a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, she began doing research at City of Hope, developing new drug screening platforms.

Admission will be free. The college is located at 1500 N. Verdugo Road.

Human trafficking will be focus of talk

A program about “Human Trafficking: A Local Perspective by Survivors and Law Enforcement,” sponsored by Soroptimists International of Glendale and Glendale Community College’s Classified Council, will be presented from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 held in the student center on the college’s campus.

Speakers from Resilient Voices, Los Angeles Survivor Network and the Glendale Police Department will talk about human trafficking from a local perspective and discuss how the issue is addressed nationally.


Topics will include the relevance of human trafficking to the college population, local law enforcement efforts to address the problem and ways to identify and support potential victims.

Admission will be free. To register, visit

Puerto Rican artists open exhibit at gallery

A group exhibition by nine Puerto Rican contemporary artists titled “Puerto Rico: Interior/Exterior” will open at the art gallery at Glendale Community College on March 1.

The exhibit will examine the cultural, economic and political effects of hurricanes Maria and Irma.

The artists will be Elsa María Melendez, Adál, Awilda Rodríguez Lora, Frances Gallardo, Ricardo Rodríguez, Martín García Rivera, Erika P. Rodríguez, Patrick V. McGrath Muñiz and Jo Cosme.

The exhibit will feature a variety of media with the works depicting the hidden dualities and contradictions that have faced Puerto Rico, even prior to hurricanes Maria and Irma, and examine how the hurricanes exposed what the artists see as vulnerabilities of predatory debt, racism and economic exclusions.

Design/drawing instructor David Attyah is the gallery’s director. The exhibit will through May 15. The gallery will host a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 6 and will feature Puerto Rican music and dance, food, lectures and gallery tours.

The gallery is located in the college’s library building.


Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

For more information, call (818) 40-1000, Ext. 5663, or visit

Admission will be free.

Theater schedule will include ’Charlie Brown’ musical

“How I Learned to Drive,” by Paula Vogel, will be presented beginning April 4 in the studio theater of Glendale Community College’s auditorium for two weekends.

Vogel’s play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1998. Jeanette Farr will direct the production.

Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.

Later in the spring the college will present the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” directed by Richard Kuller.

It will open May 2 and will run for two weekends on the main stage in the auditorium.


Tickets will be $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Tickets for theater performances may be purchased online at, at the college’s box office located in the auditorium building, at the Alex Theatre box office or at the concierge desk at the Americana at Brand.

Free showcases performed by students from the school’s acting courses will be presented in the auditorium’s studio theater May 21 through 23.

Students will be performing scenes, monologues and devised pieces.

For more information about Glendale Community College theater productions, call the box office at (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5612, or visit

WENDY GROVE is public information coordinator for Glendale Community College.