Lyceum ScheduleAll Lyceum lectures are Wednesdays, 1:00-1:50 pm, in WAH 103 or Corbet Theatre. For more information, see the Events Calendar or contact:
HUM 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.
Winter 2014 Lyceum Schedule
(Humanities 1-credit class)
Jan. 8: OverviewOverview of the Lyceum Series class — Dr. Jody Peterson.
Jan. 15: An African SafariIn summer 2013, Centralia College physics professor, Michael Threapleton, travelled to South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Encounters with lions, elephants, and baboons were to follow. The trip encompassed moments of transcendent joy and abject fear. Learn about how this extensive trip was self-planned using internet resources and why the decision was made to fly the long way round across the Pacific. Michael will share his photographs from the trip and his musings on wildlife biology, botany, Star Trek, geology, the sublime beauty of the English language, and 1000 places to see before you die.
Jan. 22: India-Footprints of the HeartWalk along with Sue Ardington, W.F. West High School World History and Psychology instructor, to share some of her summer study experience in India. Learn about study abroad opportunities for students and professors through the United States India Educational Foundation (http://www.usief.org.in/). Experience the glorious, intense, shattering and surprising India; a sensory assault unequaled in global travel. Delve into the India of poverty and despair that leaves you with questions about life, love, justice and mercy. Fight through the tears that cloud your ability to think and the India caught in the throes of a monsoon that stops everything. Watch the skies clear as we look into the faces of children in India’s schools. Discover an India of hope, as glorious as the sunrise over the Taj Mahal.
Sue Ardington, was selected along with twelve other American teachers for the 2013 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program to India. This program was administered through the United States Department of Education and the United States India Educational Foundation.
Jan. 29: Crossroads: A Youth's Presentation & Experience of Juvenile Justice & Building a Better LifeAll of us make choices, some right, some wrong. Some get caught making and performing the wrong choices and enter the system of Juvenile Justice. Some realize there are better ways to live than the choices they made, bringing about answers to questions such as; can we learn from our mistakes and become better people, stronger and able to make positive decisions? Can we find ways to step away from our old path, not label ourselves as criminals, and take a new route as we reach the crossroads that wait ahead of us?
Take a journey with members of our next generation as they present a world of juvenile crime and incarceration as seen and voiced through their experiences. Join with them to experience their life altering decisions, share its effects on them, achievements since then, and the next steps on the road before them.
Feb. 5: The Invisible Struggle for Literacy in America TodayIn America today, approximately 43% of United States adults are unable to use print materials for everyday activities such as those related to health and safety, finance, or civic engagement with accuracy and consistency. Many of these adults have graduated high school and may not even know they have a literacy problem, these adults are considered to be Functionally Illiterate. Find out what Functional Illiteracy is, its victims, the costs of it and hear the true life stories of its devastating impacts. Former Centralia College student, Tabitha Hollenbeck will be making this presentation. Hollenbeck has her B.A, Political Science/Policy, The Evergreen State College 2011; M.P.A, Public Policy, The Evergreen State College 2013; Hollenbeck is currently taking a year off before continuing onto her P.H.D. Her last position was a Research Assistant for the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.
Feb. 12: U&ME: Communicating in Moments that MatterHow’s the quality of your life? Are you as happy as you’d like to be? Feeling satisfied with your job? Getting along well with family members? Experiencing serenity, at least some of the time? Do you think your life situation is contributing to your longevity or pushing you toward an early grave?
Nothing is more critical to the quality of our lives than our relationships, and nothing is more critical to our relationships than how we communicate. U&ME: Communicating in Moments that Matter is a book that shows how to improve the quality of your life by improving your everyday communicating.
Centralia College Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. John Stewart and author of U&ME: Communicating in Moments that Matter, is a former professor at the University of Washington and the University of Dubuque, and consultant to a wide range of public and private organizations. He is co-author of Together: Communicating Interpersonally, now in its 6th edition, and editor of Bridges Not Walls, in its 11th edition. Cumulatively, his books have sold over 500,000 copies.
Feb. 19: African American History 101When 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 you 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, Consultant and Trainer.
Feb. 26: Life Happens, Live It!Never look at the phrase "can’t do" the same way again. This is goal number one for Jake French, who is a 2008 graduate of the University of Idaho, and was working as a forester in Oregon when a devastating accident happened. In an instant his life was turned upside down after a spinal cord injury left him a quadriplegic. A stereotypical life in a wheelchair seemed like giving up to Jake, and there was no way he would throw in the towel at just 23 years old. His "it is what it is" response initiated a change in mindset and the beginning of a new journey. Committing to a "can do" attitude opened many doors, and allowed him to turn the worst thing that ever happened to him into one of the best. Today, Jake is a well-known, sought-after inspirational speaker and author of "Life Happens. Live It!" He has developed a deep passion to share his message about the power of a positive attitude, choices we face, and successfully dealing with change.
Mar. 5: The Warning System—Are You Ready to Respond?Being prepared is a personal responsibility. Are you ready? The Warning System is critical to saving lives and property. What is the Warning System? What does it mean to you? Learn about the Warning System and some successes and failures along with learning about the meteorologists of the National Weather Service behind the curtain at this engaging and interactive presentation. Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Weather Service - Seattle/Tacoma will be presenting this presentation.
Mar. 12: Saving the Chimps of CameroonFounded by former Portland, Oregon veterinarian Dr. Sheri Speede, the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center provides sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans in Cameroon while promoting social and cultural conditions that ensure endangered great apes survive and thrive in their natural habitats. In this presentation Dr. Speede will talk about her work and the efforts being made to save the Chimpanzees of Cameroon.