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Lyceum Schedule

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:
Humanities 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 2015 Lyceum Schedule (Humanities 1-credit class)

Jan. 7: Overview of Class

Overview of the Lyceum Series class — Dr. Jody Peterson.

Jan. 14: The Right to Dream

The struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America is witnessed in this compelling story. The Right to Dream recreates a student's coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950's and 1960's. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.

Jan. 21: Beekeeping in Africa

Centralia College faculty member, Susanne Weil spent fall quarter in Africa teaching beekeeping. She will share her experience with us during this presentation.

Jan. 28: Trekking with the Snow Leopard

Steve Caskey from Morton will share with us his experience in search of the mysterious Snow Leopard. In 2013 he trekked to the mountains of Depol region of Nepal. He will share his adventure through reflection and photos.

Feb. 4: The Garissa Youth Project - Musings of an Aspiring Librarian Living as an American Soldier in Rural Kenya

Leah Hannaford, Centralia College’s Open Education Librarian, presents her work with the Garissa Youth Project from when she was a Special Operations Soldier stationed in Kenya in 2010. The project entailed a microeconomic youth program focused on developing an open education iniative to teach youth in the Northeastern province of Kenya skills to start their own businesses or obtain suitable jobs. The project involved building a student resource center and convincing the local elders to accept a program that attempted to include all youth regardless of tribe or gender. This presentation explores how youth in the area were amazingly connected through the creative use of technology despite their lack of basic resources and highlights business projects centered around creating a stable economy for the local area and finding solutions to some really complex problems (like how to get the ground to remember what to do with water).

Feb. 11: Reconsidering Disney: Negative Messages in Our Favorite Animated Films

Most people consider animated Disney films to be the perfect entertainment for children through their memorable characters, fun stories, and overt positive messages. Theresa Waliezer, Assistant Professor of English at Centralia College will point out negative and problematic unspoken messages that exist in these films. (The lecture will not cover whether or not kids see or are affected by these messages—that’s something you’ll have to decide for yourself!)

Feb. 18: Defeating Racism Today: What Does It Take?

Does the eradication of racist laws really combat institutionalized racism? How does subtle and sometimes hidden institutionalized racism affect the citizens, economy, and future of Washington state? Eva Abram talks about the history of racism, and how it affects specific groups in our society today. She explores how the painful experiences of Jim Crow laws and slavery might ultimately support the pride and achievements of contemporary generations of African Americans. And she discusses how the invisible divide of racism – fed by both knowledge and ignorance – continues to exist despite progress to eradicate it made in recent decades. Conversation and cooperation can inspire progress and action to defeat that divide, and during this discussion, Abram makes suggestions on how to achieve that goal.
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Washington

Feb. 25: Centralia College Jazz Band

Mar. 4: "We are all Broadcasters: The Ethics of Sharing on the Web"

The windows of social networking have given all of us the opportunity and ability to share information with the whole world. With this power must come the responsibility to refrain from sharing misinformation and possibly damaging commentary which can even cause serious harm or damage and even get the sharer in legal hot water. This Lyceum Series talk will offer tips and tricks for confirming online news and information before hitting the share button while also discussing what things other than misinformation are never acceptable to share. Adjunct faculty, Melissa Williams will be leading this presentation.

Mar. 11: Maya Temples of Mexico

Centralia College art faculty, Liz Frey will , will do a presentation on the ancient Maya temples she visited in Mexico while on her sabbatical. She will show pictures and talk about the background information about their discovery, the breaking of the glyph "code" and the history revealed once the glyphs were deciphered.