Lyceum Lectures

The free weekly Lyceum Series is serves as a platform for ongoing curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities that relate directly to current issues.

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.

Spring 2019 Schedule

April 10 - Sexual Assault Awareness Presentation

Human Response Network will make this presentation. 

April 17 - Camping in a Different Tree: Bat Evolution and Ecology 

It is National Bat Appreciation Day. Dr. Jim Hutcheon will explain how his fascination with bats and the tropics began with a short-term fellowship in Panama. This was followed by fieldwork in Madagascar as part of his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his Ph.D. Jim has used molecular systematic methods to study the evolution of bats. He will discuss which mammals are the ancestors of bats and the history of flight or echolocation. Jim will present research summarizing some of the surprising findings and controversies in the field of bat evolution. Jim Hutcheon is an adjunct professor at Centralia College. 

April 24 - The Sea Also Rises: History and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

Like everything else in the world, climate change has a long history. Far from being something discovered only recently by instruments of modern science, the warming of the earth’s climate has been known for a long time, and suspected for an even longer time before that. But who made the discovery that the planet is warming, and under what circumstances? The answers might surprise you. Many of the people involved in the story of climate change were northwesterners, or had some connection to the region. This talk will fill in some of the murky background of climate history, and showcase how the northwest is connected to it.  

May 1 - Labyrinths: Paths Through Chaos

Since prehistoric times, labyrinths have been part of human landscapes. Maybe you have seen one and been curious to know more. Lauren Artress, described as a leading force in the worldwide labyrinth movement, suggests that labyrinths emerged in times of cultural chaos. Often confused with mazes, labyrinths are just a single path that leads from the outside to the center. Following the path to the center and back out again is a practice that has been both prized and demonized by religious sects and frequently misunderstood by the general public. Discover ways to interact with labyrinths as a flexible tool to enrich a mindfulness practice and improve attention. Find out how you can join in the World Labyrinth Day celebration of peace on Saturday, May 4. 

May 8 - Ine Van Dam: Daughter of Auschwitz Survivor

Centralia resident, Ine Van Dam shares the story of her mother, Ada, a survivor of Auschwitz. Ada was born in the Netherlands and deported to Auschwitz concentration camp as a young woman in 1943. Forced to work in the Auchwitz laundry, Ada was later liberated at Ravensbruck concentration camp. Ine is a Legacy Speaker for the Holocaust Center for Humanity. She presents her mother's story using video clips, photos, maps and primary source documents. 

May 15 - Radical Inclusion: What I Learned at Burning Man

Every year, 70,000 people travel to Black Rock City for a week-long event in the desert. Burning Man is not a festival. It’s a community, a temporary city. It’s a global cultural movement based on 10 practical principles. In this Lyceum, Teneal Gustafson will discuss the principle ‘Radical Inclusion.’ What does it mean to create a city where everyone is truly welcome? Where radical self-expression is encouraged and diversity is celebrated? What can we learn about inclusion from this temporary community? Gustafson is an associate professor of Nursing at CC. 

May 22 - Healing Veterans, Making Community

This presentation will bring attention to suicide prevention and the wellbeing of veterans. You will learn more about the general issues facing veterans and their families and the peer-led programs striving to improve their lives and provide the chance of community networking. Presenters are Jason Alves of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Jo Arlow, Forefront community organizer and photographer, veteran spouse and suicide survivor. 

May 29 - Within the Silence

In 1942, Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 imprisoned thousands of loyal American families. These innocent citizens struggled to maintain their families with 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. This is a Living Voices presentation.

June 5 - Check your Bias: Strategies to Combat Fake News and Filter Bubbles

The news we believe and read influences our reality about the world around us. But with the prevalence of purposeful and accidental misinformation online, what can we trust? This presentation will discuss strategies to evaluate news for its “truthiness” (also known as credibility), as well as how to combat the confirmation bias that occurs when searching online. This presentation will be given by Katie Hart, Information Literacy Librarian at Centralia College.