IN BRIEF: Forum on end of the world at YSU; art exhibit; Jabali event; language classes

End of the world?


The Maya Prophecy and predictions of the end of the world this month will be examined at presentations 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University.

The presentations are free, open to the public and feature Matt O’Mansky, YSU associate professor of sociology and Anthropology, and Pat Durrell, associate professor of physics and astronomy.

“The Maya Prophecy Explained” focuses on the significance of Dec. 21, 2012, both as to the origin of the Maya calendar and the people who created it, and an exploration of the many astronomical and other “doomsday” predictions that have been suggested to occur on that date, including the end of the world this year.

Graduates exhibit art at McDonough


The annual fall exhibit of works by Youngstown State University students graduating this semester from the Art Department runs through Dec. 14 at the McDonough Museum of Art.

The exhibit features the artwork of 10 students invarious media. Students participating in the exhibit are Jennifer Paige Bechtel, James Davis, Alissa Fisher, Katelyn Gould, Kevin Hird, Valerie Nichols, Kirsten Pesa, Alina Rios, Gina Marie Russo and Sean Perry Wyant.

The McDonough Museum on WIck Avenue is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Jabali event set for Dec. 14 at YSU


Jimma McWilson, co-founder of the FAMILY Empowerment Student Achievement Institute, is the keynote speaker at the 13th annual Jabali event 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University.

Jabali, which means “The Rock” in Swahili, is part of the Community Series of the YSU Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Initiatives. The Harambee Youth Group and the African Students Union will entertain. Dinner is $25 per person, $10 for students and $175 for a table of eight. For more information and to make reservations, call the YSU Africana Studies Program at 330-941-3097.

Language classes


The Youngstown State University Metro College in Boardman is offering four language courses for beginners or those looking to refresh their conversational skills. An open house is scheduled today at Metro College, 100 DeBartolo Place, Suite 200, to provide an opportunity to see if the classes meet your needs. Registration for the open house is free by calling 330-941-2465.

The open house for the Italian class begins at 6:30 p.m., for French at 7 p.m., for Arabic at 7:30 p.m. and for Spanish at 7:30 p.m.

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