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Winter 2019 Lyceum Schedule (Humanities 1-credit class)

Weekly Lyceum lectures are presented 1-1:50 p.m. Wednesdays in Washington Hall room 103. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Lyceum may be taken as a one-credit Humanities course.

For more information, see the Events Calendar or contact Shelley Bannish, director of Student Life & Involvement, 360-623-8120.

Jan. 9 - Providing Vision to Other Parts of the World

As a member of Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity, free eye care is given to individuals in underserved regions of the world. This is the story of how a Pacific Northwest team put together a visit to Uganda to permanently improve the ocular health services for rural villagers and indirectly residents of Washington State. This presentation will be given by local optometrist, Dr. Joe Dolezal, and his wife Patty.

Jan. 16 - Sticky Subject: The History and Culture of Sugar

When King Henry VIII wanted three pounds of sugar for his guests at an important banquet, he had a tough time getting it. Now the average American eats that much sugar in a single week. Once a rare, exotic ingredient, sugar has become a dietary staple, leaving its sticky fingerprints all over the globe. Anthropologist and sweets expert Julia Harrison takes participants on a journey from ancient sugar cane plantations to modern candy factories, uncovering sugar’s economic and social significance. From slavery and mass migration to environmental changes and nutrition, the consequences of sugar’s rise are global—and not always sweet. This presentation is in part sponsored by the Humanities Washington.

Jan. 23 - Guatemala

Centralia College faculty members Mark Gorecki and Liz Frey led a group of students to study abroad for 15 days in Guatemala last summer. Participants took part in active exploration of the ancient and contemporary culture(s) and language(s) of this fascinating country just south of Mexico. Liz Frey will share photographs and stories of the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal, the colonial city of Antigua, beautiful volcanic Lake Atitlan and much more.

Jan. 30 - Coffee: Farm to Cup

Justin Page shares his passion and experience of the coffee industry from seed to cup. With nearly two decades of experience as a roaster and green bean buyer for Santa Lucia Coffee, Justin has traveled to remote regions of the world to source award winning coffees. Join him for a talk ranging from inventing a coffee roaster in his basement to adventures in the paramilitary-controlled highlands of Colombia.

Feb. 6 - Modern Slavery: Understanding Human Trafficking in the 21st Century

We often think of slavery as a historic phenomenon, but thousands of people are trafficked into the US each year. And, in the 21st century, new technologies have enabled more opportunities for the exploitation of people for labor, moving these crimes further into the shadows. In this illuminating talk, Robert Beiser, the executive director of Seattle Against Slavery, examines how human trafficking affects individuals across gender, race, and class lines. Participants will learn the history of commercial exploitation in the US, its modern-day effects, and how we can keep Washington communities safe from this hidden, dangerous crime. This presentation is in part sponsored by the Humanities Washington. *Contains mature themes


Feb. 20 - Where is Your Money Going?

Have your ever thought about where your tuition money is going? In this presentation, you will see the breakdown of your tuition dollars, what it funds, and how you can influence how it is spent.

Feb. 27 - African American History 101

When most people think of African American history, they tend to think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Civil Rights, and slavery. This presentation will cover the African American history that “did not” begin in the 20th century by exploring the African American experience beginning “Before the Mayflower.” This presentation will be made by Dan Johnson, dean of students at South Seattle College.

March 6 - Ice, Elves, and Doritos

As close as Hawaii by air but a lot colder, Iceland is a dreamlike and mesmerizing country where roads are detoured to protect possible elf habitation, northern lights radiate down for much of the year, and Doritos are the chosen snack food for many of the island’s people. Centralia College faculty member Joe Burr will read several short stories about his experience in Iceland last spring that highlight the island’s culture, economy, landscape, and food.

March 13 - Zero Waste, Plastics, and Climate Change

Plastics are everywhere and their impacts and management are a growing concern around the Pacific Northwest and globally. Please join Zero Waste Washington for a conversation about plastics, from micro plastics in marine waters to plastics recycling challenges. Did you know plastic production is tied to climate change? Last year, 300 million tons of new plastic were produced globally, and 1/3 of this was used in plastic packaging, including bags, bottles, containers and wrappers. Even in Washington, where we have strong waste reduction goals, only 15 percent of plastic waste is recycled. What happens to the rest of it? In this presentation, you will find out about plastic waste and what is being done to reduce plastic pollution in our state. This presentation will be given by Heather Trim, executive director of Zero Waste Washington.