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Winter 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.

Jan. 10 - 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 not only Dr. King's dream, but he encourages his audience to have their own dream and to draw from the blueprint Dr. King left us all on how to make dreams come true.

Jan. 17 - A Long Way From Anywhere, Evolutionary Insight into Endemic Species in Hawaii

Since the time of Darwin and Wallace, biologists have recognized islands as crucibles of evolutionary innovation. Islands may start as blank slates biologically, but the first invaders speciate and diversify as they exploit ecological opportunities. The Hawaiian Archipelago, more than 2,300 miles from the nearest continent and more than 1,000 miles from the nearest island group, is well known for its endemic species (species found only in one location). Let’s meet some of the endemic species that have evolved on land and in the ocean. As with other islands, these endemic species have been heavily impacted by human activities, including habitat loss, introduced species, and overharvesting. Dr. Stephen Norton, Centralia College faculty member, will be presenting.

Jan. 24 - The Right to Dream

The Right to Dream is told either from the point of view of a young woman (Ruby) or a young man (Raymond).Ruby/Raymond Hollis is a young African American growing up in a small town in Mississippi on the brink of the American Civil Rights movement, the child of a World 7 War II African American soldier and a domestic worker who is respected in their small Mississippi town. Early on, Raymond/Ruby feels and sees the daily impact of racism. As a child, her/his best friend is a young white neighbor to the house, where her/his mother works—until they are separated and forbidden to see each other.Ruby/Raymond is then introduced to leaders like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., showing him/her that something different may be possible for blacks in America. Dedicated to joining these leaders, Raymond/Ruby receives a scholarship to attend Tougaloo College.Raymond/Ruby begins his/her involvement in the movement when s/he leads a sit-in at a local lunch counter.When friends are hurt, and civil rights workers are killed, Ruby's/Raymond's dedication to creating an equal society is tested. But s/he becomes a part of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and is a participant in the voter registration drive, the March on Washington, Freedom Summer, and the March from Selma to Montgomery. Ruby/Raymond and the civil rights workers are rewarded with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, but Ruby/Raymond is dedicated to continuing the fight against racism and raising America above intolerance. This is a Living Voices presentation.

Jan. 31 - Bead Who You Are

The Bead Who You Are Project is designed to celebrate and raise awareness about the multiple identities that comprise each of us. We will be choosing seven different beads from nine different categories that symbolize an identity and rank them according to the importance of each identity in our lives. This project will help us think about and share the many things that make us us! Jessica Ramirez, Centralia College Student Engagement Specialist, will be leading this presentation.

Feb. 7 - LGBTQ+ Understanding and Language Talk

This talk will explain the use of pronouns and their importance, LGBTQ language and grammar, the difference between sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity, and what allyship could look like. Ebo Barton will give this presentation. Ebo Barton is a genderqueer black and Filipino poet and artist. Their work touches on political issues from a personal point of view and often is birthed from the struggles of living in the identities that they are in. Ebo believes in the power of language and art as a tool for revolution.

Feb. 14 - The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

In the lead-up to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, and native-language services, as well as labor and music clubs. Trading companies imported Japanese goods and restaurants served the familiar sukiyaki, tofu, and miso soup. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered. Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent, without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. Throughout the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes. Most Seattle Japanese spent the war years at Camp Minidoka in Idaho and, when they returned, most had lost everything and could not find jobs. How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does a lively immigrant community face racist or religious hatred? The 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 is in 2017, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.

Feb. 21 - Our George Washington: Stories on the Life of Centralia’s Founding Father

August 2017 marked the 200th birthday of the founder of Centralia, George Washington. This presentation will cover his life as the son of a former slave and a woman of English descent and then raised by a white couple, Anna and James Cochran, to his travels across the United States, founding Centerville (Centralia), and helping the townspeople through the Panic of 1893.

Feb. 28 - Our Revolution

Peter Freeman is growing up as a free black in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1770s. When the colonial conflict with the British government reaches his town of Concord, Peter and his family find themselves at the heart of the battle. While Peter’s father joins the patriot militia, his brother goes to sea and is stolen by privateers and sold into slavery. By the time the colonies declare their independence, Peter and his brother find themselves on opposite sides of a war, where they are each forced to face the question: whose liberty am I fighting for? Walk in the footprints of a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as he struggles to find a place for himself during the birth of a new country and a new people —the first generation of African-Americans in the United States of America. This is a Living Voices presentation.

March 7 - Mindfulness Practice and the Brain

Mindfulness practice can improve how the brain works and can even foster new brain cells. The principles of mindfulness are simple; the practice is discipline. You will learn about different kinds of mindfulness practices and how the brain responds. This presentation will be given by Elizabeth Grant, PhD., director of Counseling, Advising and Disability Services at Centralia College.

March 14 - Climbing Mt. St Helens: A Small Goal Turned into a Rather Big Adventure

Centralia College faculty member Mary Capen will talk about how she trained, planned, and summited Mt. St. Helens. The trails were easy and the trails were tough. Essentials of any hike can keep one prepared for the small, unexpected detours that may happen.