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 Shelley Bannish
, director of Student Life & Involvement, (360) 736-9391, ext. 224.
Spring 2016 Lyceum Schedule (Humanities 1-credit class)
April 6: Overview of Class
April 13: What are Communities Asking About Organ, Eye, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation?
Across the nation 96 percent of people support organ, eye, and tissue donation but only 51 percent of those people have registered to be a donor. We will be discussing the reasons people are hesitant to take action and register their donation choice. Presenters will include Mary Graff, the community outreach program manager for LifeCenter Northwest, a representative from Be the Match, and those who have benefitted from such donations. This presentation is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa.
April 20: Energy and Climate Change – A Defining Challenge of the 21st Century
Tony Usibelli, director of the Energy Policy Division at the Washington State Office of Trade and Economic Development, will discuss the Conference of the Parties 21 in Paris, which generated new international focus and cooperation on efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and to speed the transition to new energy sources. Washington has long been a national leader on clean energy development and greenhouse gas reduction policies. Usibelli will examine ways we can continue to strengthen our state’s position as a center for clean energy development. This presentation is sponsored by the Campus Sustainability Committee.
April 27: How Far Do the Effects of Sexual Assault Reach?
This panel discussion will be moderated by David Eatwell, executive director of the Human Response Network, and feature Dianna Peck, Janira Avila, and Miranda Silva, sexual assault advocates from the Human Response Network. The effects of sexual assault reach deep into the fabric of a community, affecting more than just the victims. Homelessness, mental illness, crime rate, school bullying, and even the imbalance in the economy reflect the effects of sexual assault. This panel will discuss the many facets of sexual assault and how it is reflected in the community.
May 4: Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience
What stereotypes persist for Asian Americans? How is life in America different for Asian refugees than for Asian immigrants? The term “Asian” represents more than 40 different ethnic groups who now call America home. In this interactive presentation, Sam Louie will use spoken word poetry to guide audiences to better understand the depth of cultural issues that confront Asian Americans today. Louie is a licensed mental health counselor and Emmy Award-winning former broadcast journalist who has researched, produced, and reported on a number of stories related to ethnicity, addictions, and psychotherapy. He is also a published poet.
May 11: Washington State Representative
One of Washington State’s legislators will talk about our civic responsibilities. Details to be announced.
May 18: Trans 101
Presentation description is coming soon. This presentation will be co-sponsored by the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), a recognized student group at Centralia College.
May 25: Police Misconduct and Excessive Force
Professor Gregory Gilbertson is a licensed private investigator, international police trainer, and nationally recognized expert witness in police practices and procedures, police misconduct, excessive force, and self-defense casework. He is currently consulting with criminal defense and civil rights attorneys as an expert witness on more than 30 active cases in 14 states. Professor Gilbertson will share his experience and perspective on the current epidemic of police misconduct and excessive force cases plaguing our nation. He will also share insights and strategies on how to effectively interact with law enforcement officers in adversarial situations by explaining our fundamental rights and responsibilities under the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments to the United States Constitution.
June 1: Disruptive Innovations - Educating Tomorrow’s Students
Disruptive innovations are the catalyst to bring more equitable access to high-quality education; no longer do zip codes indicate if a student will receive a high-quality education. Tomorrow’s technology brings a whole host of potentials - including potential concerns. This lyceum explores current cutting edge educational technologies, how they will disrupt the way we do business as educators, and what the future holds for brick and mortar institutions. We’ll review artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, social media, massive open online classrooms, and more. The presenter, Samuel Small is a software engineer and assistant professor of Computer Science at Centralia College. He is researching computational intelligence at Georgia Institute of Technology.
June 8: Centralia College History 101
Centralia College is rich in history. Dr. James Walton, interim Centralia College president, will present a walk through 90 years of Centralia College history. Did you know that Centralia College was once part of the University of Washington system? Did you know that Centralia College is the oldest continuous operating community college in Washington? There are so many things to learn about CC.