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Fall 2017 Lyceum Schedule (Humanities 1-credit class)

Weekly Lyceum lectures are presented 1-1:50 p.m. Wednesdays in the TransAlta Commons room 122. 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.

Sept. 27 - La Causa

In the late 1960s, a new movement changed the lives of Latin American farm workers who fought for civil rights, and battled racism and indecent working conditions. Experience this chapter of American history as one young woman balances the demands of her family and culture, and fights to see her people free of poverty. Presentation by Living Voices.

Oct. 4 - Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic violence is often a pattern of behaviors and controlling tactics that result in fear and physical and/or psychological harm to victims and their children. Domestic violence includes a range of behaviors and can include threats, emotional abuse, sexual assault, physical violence, and stalking after separation and divorce. If you have experienced any of these behaviors by a former or current intimate or dating partner, a spouse, a family member, or a person you have a child with, then you have been or are a victim of domestic violence. This panel discussion will cover the emotional and physical abuse encountered by advocates with The Human Response Network. They will also discuss the effects on the community and the resources available to families.

Oct. 11 - Brain Health in the Digital Age

Most of us have a gut-feeling that our frequent interaction with screen technology is truly changing the way we think, feel and behave. Take a little time to follow that sense with Lewis County teacher, farmer, and Public Health Advocate Galilee Carlisle. She has done 10 years of research and education on the impacts of digital technology on all aspects of health. In this presentation, she will mix science, humor, and psychology to explain how our brains change when we are using screen devices. You will come away with a better understanding of your brain and your relationship with technology. Galilee will also include plenty of easy, practical tips on how to re-align your screen-time habits for optimal health, joy and intelligence.

Oct. 18 - From Wonder Woman to prom dates: How popular culture informs our understanding of disability

People with disabilities appear everywhere in popular culture, movies, book, viral videos and memes. This presentation will use current popular culture artifacts to frame a discussion about disability as an element of our diverse culture. Participants will be asked to think critically about disability in culture and improve their media literacy about disability. The presentation will be led by Rebecca Cory, PhD, an associate dean of instruction at Bellevue College. She served as disabilities services director at three institutions and has coedited two books on accessible pedagogy.

Oct. 25 - Pacific Northwest Ghosts, Fact, Fiction or Fun?

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, everyone loves to hear a good ghost story. What make a ghost story good? Facts. Ghost stories can tie us into the lives of past people and events in a very real way. Pacific Northwest author and researcher Jeff Davis will talk about ghost stories from across the Pacific Northwest, including Centralia, looking at facts, but keeping it fun.

Nov. 1 - American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics

Too often, Muslims are still discussed as “the other” in American society—a group confined to discussions about marginalization or radicalization. But these discussions have largely ignored the fact that the American Muslim experience is an American experience. This talk explores how American Muslim identities have shaped and been shaped by American culture, history, and politics. A story covering four centuries, this talk connects Muslim life under slavery, the emergence of the Nation of Islam in the context of the Great Migration and the race relations of the 1920s, the Immigration Act of 1965, the involvement of Muslims in the development and spread of the blues, and American Muslims’ embrace of standup comedy. Touching on issues such as the interaction of racial, cultural, and religious identities; the politics of immigration and citizenship; and interfaith and religious dialogue; this talk uncovers how American Muslims have been integral to the American experience. This presentation is sponsored in part by the Humanities Washington.

Nov. 8 - What Your Teachers Never Told You About the American Revolution

Discover the American Revolution you never learned about in school. Why did Native Americans and African Americans support the British? How did a Muslim general come to fight the British with a French ally named Admiral “Satan”? Why did the fighting spread around the world, from Hudson Bay to South America, India to Africa, Arkansas to Gibraltar? Author, Don Glickstein explores rarely heard perspectives on the war in his illustrated talk, and links aspects of the war to our home state of Washington. Hear stories from the war, discover the reasons the Revolution matters to us today, and learn why the study of history can help us understand the 21st century’s war on terrorism. This presentation is sponsored in part by the Humanities Washington.

Nov. 15 - International Student Panel

International travel gives us the opportunity to see our own culture in a new light. The colors, flavors, sights and sounds of another country reflect similarities and differences from our own. Join us to hear first-hand experiences from international students on their cultures, their travels, and their challenges here in the US.

Nov. 22 - No Class for students

Students will have to attend an on-campus presentation of their choice. A list will be provided by the instructor.

Nov. 29 - The Artistic Process

Centralia College Graphic Arts instructor Alex Solomon will talk about artistic process, sketchbooks, skill and technique, and hand-eye vs. the digital space along with a good helping of existential dread. Solomon will share excerpts from his own sketchbooks, digital projects, and artists whose work he finds inspiring.