The Mohawk Valley Community College Cultural Series has several Halloween-themed events planned for the upcoming week.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, Paranormal Investigator John Zaffis from SYFY’s “Haunted Collector” will speak at 7 p.m. in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Zaffis has more than 43 years of experience investigating the paranormal, including work for and with his aunt and uncle, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were the first investigators in the controversial Amityville hauntings made famous by films “The Conjuring” and its prequel/spinoff, “Annabelle,” as well as well-known exorcists Bishop Robert McKenna, Father Malachi Martin, and the Reverend Jun. Admission is $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.
MVCC Associate Professor of English Michael Faitell will give the lecture, “200 Years of Frankenstein,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Festine Auditorium, Plumley Complex, at the College’s Rome Campus. The lecture will focus on the scientific and literary origins of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, its adaptations and transformation over the years, and its importance in our world today, not just in popular culture, but in its theme of acceptance of others regardless of physical differences. He will give the lecture again at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Alumni College Center room 116 at MVCC’s Utica Campus. Admission is free.
Thomas A. Crist, Ph.D., forensic anthropologist and bio-archaeologist, will give the lecture “An Archaeological Tour of Mysterious & Unusual Burials,” at noon Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Festine Auditorium, Plumley Complex, at the Rome Campus. Crist will present archaeological evidence of deviant burials discovered around the world, including vampires and witches, in an entertaining slide tour of historical burial grounds featuring death’s heads, cherubs, and other chillingly fascinating grave markers. He will give the lecture again at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Alumni College Center room 116 at the Utica Campus. Admission is free.
Ghost hunter Derek Barlett of Cape and Islands Paranormal Research Society will present the lecture, “Paranormal Activity: Whispers from the Afterlife,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Festine Auditorium, Plumley Complex, at the Rome Campus. Learn more about him at caiprs.com. Admission is $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, there will be free psychic readings on both the Utica and Rome Campuses. In Rome, readings will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in Plumley Complex room 119. In Utica, readings will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in Information Technology Building room 225. Readings are limited, and are first-come, first-served.
Tickets for all Cultural Series events can be purchased in person at the MVCC Box Office, Information Technology Building room 106, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at the College Stores on the Utica and Rome Campuses; online any time at www.mvcc.edu/tickets<http://www.mvcc.edu/tickets>; or over the phone by calling 315-731-5721. Most Cultural Series events are $5 or less to the general public and many are free. Events include concerts, comedians, lectures, film screenings and discussions, workshops, family fun events, and more. The Cultural Series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council, in collaboration with MVCC’s Program Board, with significant support from the Student Activity Fee. The series maintains a major social media presence that can be followed on Facebook at “MVCC Cultural Series.” For the complete series lineup and ticket sales, visit www.mvcc.edu/culture<http://www.mvcc.edu/culture>.