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Lyceum Schedule

Weekly Lyceum lectures are presented Wednesdays, 1-1:50 p.m. in Washington Hall 103 or Corbet Theatre, and 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, 360-736-9391, ext. 224.

Fall 2016 Lyceum Schedule (Humanities 1-credit class)

Sept. 28: Mt. Rainier. . . Fear, Focus and Fun

Interested in a physical challenge and the idea of conquering your own fears? Join Christian Bruhn, dean of Academic Transfer at Centralia College, for a discussion of his experience climbing Mount Rainier. He will take time to discuss the physical and mental challenges associated with climbing Washington’s highest peak. He will walk you through the preparation needed for the climb and the excitement of hitting the summit.

Oct. 5: A Relationship in Crisis (October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

Domestic violence includes behaviors that can range from threats and emotional abuse to sexual assault and severe physical violence, and be continued as stalking after separation and divorce. This panel discussion will cover the range of emotional and physical abuse encountered by advocates on staff with The Human Response Network, along with its effects on the community at large, and the resources available to families in the trenches dealing with it.

Oct. 12: Australia and Singapore-First Class travel at economy prices

Over the summer, Centralia College physics professor Michael Threapleton took a luxurious trip to Australia and Singapore. He and his wife flew first class, but only paid the coach fare, and stayed in five-star hotels for essentially nothing. Michael will share his strategy of achieving these massive discounts by leveraging the power of rewards-earning credit cards. He will explain how your FICO score is the key.

Oct. 19: Disability Awareness Presentation


Oct. 26: Your Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities with the Police

Centralia College Professor Greg Gilbertson will share a brief synopsis of our constitutional rights and responsibilities when interacting with police officers in common situations, including traffic and pedestrian stops, “Knock and Talks”, self-defense scenarios, neighbor complaints, and criminal investigations. This presentation will include a brief analysis of the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and how these rights apply to everyday life.

Nov. 2: Apportionment and the Electoral College

In this talk Dan Taylor, associate professor of mathematics at Centralia College, will first discuss methods the United States has used to apportion representatives to the States. As part of this discussion, he will talk about the issues and problems that have been found. He will bring these ideas to the Electoral College and discuss how the Electoral College was part of the great compromise that brought this nation together, and why it is still part of our election process.

Nov. 9: The Biological Diversity of the Great Barrier Reef and Threats to its Health

The Great Barrier Reef, along the northeast coast of Australia, is a biodiversity hotspot with more species of corals and marine fishes than almost any other place on Earth. Let’s meet some of the major players on the reef, highlight their biology and interactions, and investigate some of the challenges, such as global climate change, that threaten this rich community. This presentation will be given by Dr. Steve Norton.

Nov. 16: Shedding Light-Understanding the International Student Perspective

A panel of international students will discuss their experiences at Centralia College, including their first days in the U.S. and on campus, dealing with communication barriers and cultural misunderstandings, similarities and differences between faculty-student interactions at schools in their home countries and in the U.S., and coping with homesickness and culture shock while they work toward their degrees. There will also be a chance for those in attendance to ask the panel questions. This is a great way to bridge understanding through dialogue between international students and the college community.

Nov. 23: Dispelling Stereotypes and Misconceptions of First Nations People

LaVerne Kearns is from the Kiikapoa (Kansas Kickapoo) and Muskogee Creek Nations. Her mother was a Kansas Kiikapoa, Aztec and Spanish, while her father was full Muskogee Creek from Oklahoma. Kearns became interested in learning more about her heritage through a Muskogee man when her husband was stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Kearns will share her journey to reconnect with her roots and the stereotypes and misconceptions people have of the First Nations people. Kearns has a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.

Nov. 30: A Chaplain's View of Katrina

Richard Lopez takes a look back at a small community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The town of Waveland, Miss., was located on the east side of the hurricane and suffered the most severe impact of the storm surge. Retrace the experiences of a federal chaplain's efforts to support a community whose town was completely destroyed.