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Lyceum Schedule

Weekly Lyceum lectures are presented Wednesdays, 1:00-1:50 pm in Washington Hall 103 or Corbet Theatre, and are free and open to the public. Lyceum may also be taken as a one-credit Humanities course. For more information, see the Events Calendar or contact:
Humanities course: Jody Peterson, associate professor of history, (360) 736-9391, ext. 209
Speakers & Topics: Shelley Bannish, director of Student Life & Involvement, (360) 736-9391, ext. 224

Fall 2014 Lyceum Schedule (Humanities 1-credit class)

Sept. 24: Overview

Overview of the Lyceum Series class — Dr. Jody Peterson.

Oct. 1: Cambodia

Centralia College faculty members, Dr. Steve Norton and Dr. Greg van Alstyne led a group of students for 25 days to Cambodia this past summer. Participants took part in active exploration of the ancient and contemporary culture(s) and language(s) of Cambodia. Dr. Norton will present on this experience.

Oct. 8: Hinduism: A Way of Life in Washington

In this presentation, cultural scholar Ratna Roy will lead a discussion on some of the tenets and history of Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion, and explore its presence and impact in our state. We will learn about two of the pan-Indian deities that are worshiped both in India and in Washington, Shiva and Krishna, and discuss the powerful female divinities, including Shakti Goddesses Durga and Kali. Roy will present on the cultural history of Hinduism, asking how South Asian people with diverse beliefs, from Vedism to Brahmanism to Buddhism, came to be known as Hindus. We will learn about how Hindu beliefs are passed on to younger generations, looking into dance, music, drama and graphic novels. Finally, we will discuss the Hindu experience in our state, which is home to six Hindu temples and a large Indian population.

Oct. 15: Changing Perspectives on Human Trafficking

This presentation will provide an understanding of ALL forms of human trafficking, how it affects our communities here and around the world, what we can do to protect each other and our vulnerable population and to grow a deeper compassion and understanding that all people matter. Presenter, Khurshida Begum was a victim of and now a survivor of human trafficking. Begum is one of the founders of A.S.H.H.O. (Advocate-Serve-Honor-Humanity-Organize), an aspiring organization to confront and combat all forms of human trafficking using a human rights framework and survivor perspective.

Oct. 22: Stress: Basic Tools to Manage in Our Daily Lives

All of us experience stress in our daily lives. Stress is a response to a demand placed on you. This can have a positive impact and give you that extra burst of adrenaline you need to finish a project or meet a challenge. Unfortunately it can also have negative effects on your body, thoughts, feelings and behavior. Learn how to recognize common stress symptoms and get a couple of really basic tools to manage your stress. This Lyceum will be presented by Carrie Johnson, faculty at Centralia College.

Oct. 29: Miss Wheelchair America

Jennifer Adams was born with partial limbs, yet she does not consider her struggles a burden, but instead a gift, for she has had the privilege to learn that beyond our limitations is fulfillment and life’s purpose. Jennifer is a radiant, high energy spokeswoman who enjoys singing, public speaking and skateboarding. She has a bachelor’s of arts in psychology from Pacific Lutheran University, a certification in radio broadcasting and a master’s degree in counseling from Faith Seminary. She has worked at the Tacoma School of Arts as an advocate for students with disabilities. Jennifer just gave up her crown as 2014 Miss Wheelchair America. Her platform was “to spread the message of acceptance and awareness to businesses, schools, and legislators in America and demonstrate to everyone that having a disability is cool!” http://www.jenniferlynnadams.com

Nov. 5: Keep your food and money out of the trash!

The average American wastes 209-254 pounds of edible food each year. That is a huge waste of resources and costs a family of four about $130 a month. Yet most people don’t realize they waste that much. Gabby Bryne from the Thurston County Solid Waste Program will tips on how to waste less food. www.wastelessfood.com.

Nov. 12: La Causa

In the late 1960s a new movement changed the lives of Latin American farm workers who fought for civil rights, 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, www.livingvoices.org.

Nov. 19: Cultural Kaleidoscope

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 U.S.

Nov. 26: No Class

Dec. 3: Cascadia Earthquake Readiness: It's not a question of IF but WHEN

A catastrophic earthquake or series of quakes of magnitude 8.0 to 9.0 will hit the Pacific Northwest without any warning. Are we prepared? We are living within the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which spans the west coast from northern California to Vancouver, British Columbia. During the past 10,000 years, it has produced more than 40 large magnitude earthquakes—one every 300 to 500 years. The most recent full-rupture 9.0 zone quake occurred 314 years ago and scientists tell us we’re due.

There are 55 major hydroelectric projects located on the Columbia River and its tributaries. Thirty are federal dams owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Bureau of Reclamation. Twenty-five are publicly and privately owned. These give the Pacific Northwest the largest hydroelectric system in the world. What happens when this system, its waterways and highways, the electrical power grid and Oregon’s Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub on liquefied soils are threatened?

Presented by the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy/“A Centralia College Partnership” and Matt Cutts, P.E., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.