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:
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. The lecture is open to students, faculty
and staff as well as the general public. There is no charge to attend the
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.
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