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Fall 2018 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.

Sept. 26 - Hear My Voice

Jessie is the daughter of a political columnist from Tennessee, growing up in Washington, DC during the early 1900s with dreams of being as important to her father as her younger brother is. When her Great-Aunt Charlotte, a longtime suffragist, comes to Washington, she introduces Jessie to the movement. Jessie begins to learn about the history of the women who started the movement, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the new generation who have continued the fight, like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns--and those who oppose it, including her own parents. Despite their objections, Jessie soon becomes deeply involved in the suffrage movement, comparing their fight for democracy to the one her brother Will stands for when he goes overseas as a soldier in World War I. As tragedy strikes both at home and abroad and the battle for the vote continues to escalate, everyone in Jessie's family must face their own decisions about what they believe is right and the actions they are willing to take on this pivotal issue. This is a Living Voices presentation.

Oct. 3 - Domestic Violence Awareness

Many victims do not realize what is happening to them is domestic violence. Most people see domestic violence as “wife battering” and assume it must include physical violence. Rather than being an isolated event, domestic violence is often a pattern of behaviors and controlling tactics that result in fear as well as physical and/or psychological harm to victims and their children. Domestic violence includes a range of 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. If you have experienced any of these behaviors by someone you have a relationship with, like 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 range of emotional and physical abuse encountered by advocates 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. 10 - 10 Ways to Die in Australia

The Australian people are warm and helpful with a “no worries, mate” positive attitude toward guests. But whether on land or in the water, danger lurks for the unwary in Oz. Read any guidebook on Australia and it will highlight that Australia has the most poisonous this or the most dangerous that. After spending two months over the last three summers traveling around the wilds northern Australia, I would like to share my experiences with potential threats, real and imaged, that one might encounter when exploring the outback or diving in the waters around Australia. These will include tales of bush fires that roar through the savannah, cunning crocodiles the length of a van, the kick of a 6-foot tall bird, being caught in a shark feeding frenzy, or stung by the poisonous spines of a cryptic stonefish or a male platypus.

Oct. 17 - Know Your Rights

Sade Smith is a former Centralia College student, athlete, and student leader. She is now a public defender in Seattle. Through her work, she has seen what happens in the public court system and what has not worked. She will share her thoughts on public defense and your rights with the police force.

Oct. 24 - Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?

Throughout the Northwest, people have been reporting encounters with the Sasquatch — a hairy, 8- to 10-foot-tall hominid — for hundreds of years. Yet aside from a collection of large footprint casts and a sizable assemblage of eyewitness accounts, some attributable to the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has been offered to establish this being’s existence. Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon, discusses the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method, and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status as either man-ape or myth. Attendees are encouraged to tell their tales and share their experiences with this mysterious creature. David George Gordon is the author of The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America’s Most Elusive Creature. An accomplished science communicator, he has spoken at the American Museum of Natural History, The Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museums in San Francisco, Hollywood, and Times Square.

Oct. 31 - Feminism and Popular Culture

Over the past few years, the question “Are you a feminist?” has become the new litmus test for young female celebrities. Their responses, which vary from Lady Gaga’s, “I’m not a feminist. I hail men, I love men,” to Madonna’s, “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist," indicate a lack of clarity on what the term means, as well as a discomfort with being perceived as anti-men. So, what exactly do we mean when we talk about feminism? Drawing on television and movies from the past 40 years (although focusing primarily on current and recent examples), media scholar Amy Peloff explores some of the fundamental principles of feminist thought, and asks why we should care about popular culture’s presentation of these concepts. This multimedia and interactive presentation provides an accessible way to learn about feminism and how to critically “read” popular media. Amy Peloff is an affiliate assistant professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies and the former assistant director of the Comparative History of Ideas program at the University of Washington.

Nov. 7 - Listen to Your Gut! Learn How to Brew Your Own Kombucha and Why

Master Fermenter Emmy Kreilkamp (also assistant professor of theatre and drama) will share the basics of making your own fermented tea, the origins of the drink, and the health benefits of drinking kombucha. Samples of both homemade and store-bought kombucha will be available for people to try. Emmy has made over 100 batches of kombucha and also has 15 years of home-brewing experience with beer.

Nov. 14 - 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. 21 - Introducing a Modern Holistic Anthropology Program at Centralia College

This Lyceum presentation will give a brief overview of the expansion of CC's Anthropology Department from a cultural anthropology-centered curriculum into a standard four-field general anthropology program, where we will be offering courses for the first time from all the four subfields of anthropology (Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology). Tobias R. Avalos, Assistant Professor at Centralia College, will briefly describe each of these fields, their relevance to the program, and how the courses satisfy degree prerequisites for each.

Nov. 28 - The Growing World of ESports

Centralia College eSports Coach Jacob Beach will share the world of eSports. Esports is a form of competition using video games. By 2019, it is estimated that 427 million people worldwide will be watching eSports. The global eSports market generated $493 million of revenue in 2016. Centralia College has started an eSports program and will be one of the first community colleges in the state to have a program. Jacob is in the top 1 percent in competitive rank in Overwatch, Fortnite, MLB the Show, and Madden. He has coached some of the top competitors in the field and is a sought after coach.