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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, 360-623-8120.

Winter 2017 Lyceum Schedule (Humanities 1-credit class)

Jan. 11 - A Tribute To Martin Luther King: Living The Dream

In this educational and motivational presentation, Dion Jordan reflects on the extraordinary life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy left behind. He emphasizes Dr. King's dream and encourages his audience members to have their own dreams. He teaches how to draw from Dr. King's blueprint to make dreams come true.

Jan. 18 - Emerald Street: Race, Class, Culture and the History of Hip Hop in the Northwest

From its beginnings in 1979 to Sir Mix-a-lot and Macklemore, Northwest hip hop has been informed by local history and the diversity that defined the scene. Led by author and professor Daudi Abe, discover how Northwest hip hop is a living document of our region’s social and political movements, styles, energies, and ideologies, and how it embodies a unique sense of community. Daudi Abe is a Seattle-based professor, writer, and historian who has taught and written about culture, race, gender, education, communication, hip-hop, and sports for over 20 years. He is the author of the book 6 ‘N the Morning: West Coast Hip-Hop Music 1987-1992 & the Transformation of Mainstream Culture and From Memphis and Mogadishu: The History of African Americans in Martin Luther King County, Washington, 1858-2014. His work has appeared in The Stranger and The Seattle Times, and he has appeared on national media, such as MSNBC and The Tavis Smiley Show. Abe holds an MA in human development and a PhD in education from the University of Washington. His forthcoming book is Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle. This presentation is sponsored by part by the Humanities Washington.

Jan. 25 - Climbing in Africa: Kilimanjaro & Beyond

Between June and August 2016, international mountain guide Charlotte Austin spent seven weeks working on the tallest mountain in Africa. She guided three teams up Mount Kilimanjaro, spend more than a week on safari in the Serengeti and — on her days off — climbed Mount Meru, the fifth tallest mountain in Africa. Join her to see photos of Kilimanjaro's disappearing glaciers, hear stories about overly curious elephants, and learn a few Swahili phrases. Charlotte Austin is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and mountain guide. She works for a company called International Mountain Guides, and has climbed, explored, and led expeditions in North and South America, Nepal, Europe, Alaska, and Patagonia. Her writing has been featured in Women's Adventure, Alpinist, Stay Wild, and other national and international publications.

Feb. 1 - H2OMG! Making Sense of Water Scarcity in an Insecure World

Whether it’s lead in schools, drought in California, or dwindling snowpack in Washington, water scarcity is a challenge that needs our attention now. Participants are challenged to consider how they value water in its different uses and explore whether taking an ethical approach to water issues changes how we manage and govern water on our planet. Rachel Cardone has spent nearly 20 years working on water issues as an economist, writer, policy maker, philanthropist, and advisor to public, private, and non-profit organizations. Prior to returning to independent consulting in 2012, she spent five years establishing the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Cardone has traveled or worked in more than 50 countries. She has a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, with a focus on Energy Policy and Finance, and a BA in History (anthropology minor) from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. This presentation is sponsored by part by the Humanities Washington.

Feb. 8 - African American History 101

When an inquiry is made as to what comes to mind when one thinks of African American history, an overwhelming response is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Civil Rights and slavery. This presentation will impress upon participants that African American history 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.

Feb. 15 - Within the Silence

In 1942, Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 imprisoned thousands of loyal American families. These innocent citizens struggled to maintain their families while incarcerated. Witness this silent chapter of our history. Share one Japanese American family's fight to sustain faith and love in the country they love. A Living Voices presentation.

Feb. 22 - Using Augmented Reality in Higher Education

Computer science has profoundly disrupted the way we educate and are educated as a society. Today, an equally disruptive technology is taking hold - augmented reality. Through augmented reality, we can provide virtual tours, demonstrations, training, and information about real world objects through an augmented computer environment. Students in an augmented reality-enabled classroom are able to enjoy the most immersive virtual experience to date. This lyceum provides a demonstration of augmented reality applications, holograms, immersive learning environments, and more using the Microsoft Hololens. This presentation will be given by Centralia College faculty member Sam Small.

March 1 - White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Identity

Conversations about racial inequality usually focus on the disadvantages faced by people of color in American society. But there is another side to this inequality, privilege, or the advantages white people experience because of their race. Pacific Lutheran University Sociology professor Teresa Ciabattari leads an interactive conversation that explores white privilege, discusses a variety of examples of privilege for individuals and institutions, and provides tools for learning how to address it. Participants will gain knowledge and resources to foster inclusion and racial justice in their own communities. This presentation is sponsored by part by the Humanities Washington.

March 8 - Snowshoeing Basics

Have you wanted to try snowshoeing, but don’t know how to start? Learn the basics of getting started, including gear, locations, and how to walk on those funny contraptions. A slide show will be presented to let you see some of the awesome places you can go. This presentation will be given by Centralia College faculty members Carrie Johnson and Karen Goodwin.

March 15 - Check Yourself

In this interactive lecture, there will be open dialogue and discussion around topics surrounding micro aggressions and how we can avoid them in our everyday language. This presentation will be given by Jessica Ramirez, student engagement specialist, and Joe Burr, Transitional Education faculty member.