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Arts, Humanities & World Languages

The Arts, Humanities, and World Languages Department at Norco College is home to the following disciplines:

Art Commercial Music French Humanities Japanese
Music Philosophy Photography Spanish Theater

Faculty

Dominique Hitchcock Dominique Hitchcock, Ph.D. | Department Co-Chair
Professor of Spanish and French
(951) 372-7066 | THTR 207 | Email | Website

Dr. Dominique Hitchcock was born in the south of France and received her education from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, with majors in French Literature and Spanish Linguistics. She earned her doctorate in Spanish Linguistics in 1992. Her research focused on literary translation and Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges.

After moving to the US in 1984, she first taught languages in high school and later became an assistant professor of Spanish at CSUSB (1992-1996). She joined RCCD first at Riverside City College (1996) and has been at Norco College since 2005. Languages and linguistics are a life-long passion that she feels privileged to share with her students.
Walter Stevens Walter Stevens, M.F.A. | Department Co-Chair
Professor of Theater Arts
(951) 372-7025 | HUM 106B | Email

Walter “Buck” Stevens is Professor of Theatre Arts at Norco College in California, and has been at the college for 18 years.

As Director of the Norco Theatre Conservatory (NTC), based at the college, Steven’s created a program with a focus on training and preparing young theatre artists in the practical aspects of mounting fully staged productions, rehearsal and performance, and subsequent success in the industry. Mr. Stevens has directed numerous productions, ranging from Shakespeare to classic Americana and Musical Theatre, and has also lead several Study Abroad programs to Oxford, England and Salamanca, Spain. In addition, he is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, the Board of Directors for the Dana Point Theatre Company, and has directed and performed in many productions throughout Southern California. A portion of each year Mr. Stevens resides in the city of Bilbao, in the Basque Country of northern Spain, where he enjoys, among other things, research on the topic of Transcultural Performance and Prehistory, and regularly participates in the annual “Festival de Teatro y de las Artes de la Calle.”

As a trained actor Stevens has appeared both artistically and professionally onstage and in front of the camera in numerous productions and venues. In addition, his frequent collaboration as producer and director on various projects has won critical acclaim on several occasions, and his highly skilled abilities and approach as an acting coach have been invaluable to many of his former students and trainees.

Mr. Stevens’ specialties include actor training (acting technique, voice, speech and movement), casting, and production. Additionally, he specializes in performance techniques, Shakespeare, and theatre history and criticism.

Mr. Stevens holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees, both in Drama, from the University of California, Irvine.
Quinton Bemiller Quinton P. Bemiller, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Art
(951) 738-7704 | ATEC 103 | Email | Website

Quinton P. Bemiller was born in Arcadia, California and earned an A.A. at Pasadena City College in Studio Art, a B.F.A. with High Honors in Fine Art from the College of Art and Design at Lesley University, Boston, Massachusetts and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Painting/Drawing. His artwork is represented by Offramp Gallery in Pasadena, where he has had three solo exhibitions in addition to solo shows at the Torrance Art Museum, Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles International Airport and Palos Verdes Art Center. He has been included in group exhibitions at Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Bernardino, Norco College, Laguna Art Museum, Boston University and is included in the Permanent Collection of the Boston Public Library. Quinton Bemiller often serves as a curator, juror or guest lecturer for organizations and galleries in Southern California. He regularly leads Gallery Tours in Los Angeles and has conducted Art Tours in New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Denver. His paintings have been placed in dozens of private collections and he is the recipient of competitive artist grants from the City of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena. Quinton Bemiller teaches Drawing, Painting, Design and Art History courses.
Sharon Crasnow Sharon Crasnow, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
(951) 372-7030 | LIBR 130 | Email | Website


Sharon Crasnow received her PhD from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1980. She has taught at Norco College since 1992 and prior to that at Le Moyne College (1980-1982) and Mount St. Mary’s College (1982-1992). She has served as the President of the Society for Analytical Feminism, on the APA Committee for the Status of Women, and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Women’s Caucus of the Philosophy of Science Association. Her research includes work on feminist philosophy of science and epistemology and philosophy of social science. She is co-editor with Anita Superson of Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminists Contributions to Traditional Philosophy (OUP 2012) and with Joanne Waugh of Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture (Lexington 2013).
Kim Kamerin Kim Kamerin, M.A.
Assistant Professor, Music
(951) 738-7703 | PORT B-201 | Email

Professor Kim Kamerin is an award winning educator and twenty-year veteran of the music classroom. His teaching experience ranges from middle school and high school to four-year university, and he has taught with distinction across much of the college music curriculum including Commercial Music. Professor Kamerin is a certified Pro Tools Expert, and is a highly qualified recording engineer. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), and is a voting member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). A professional musician for nearly thirty years, Professor Kamerin brings a wealth of practical experience and teaching expertise to the classroom.
Diane Palmer Diane Palmer, M.A.
Assistant Professor, Humanities
(951) 738-7733 | PORT B-203 | Email

Diane Palmer is a humanities instructor who specializes in arts and literature. She previously taught at Cuyamaca and Southwestern community colleges in San Diego County. Palmer received her baccalaureate in Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She enjoys family, travel, fiber art, painting and gardening.

For any questions, problems, or concerns, please contact the department chair.

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