Weekly Lyceum lectures are presented from 1 to 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, contact Shelley Bannish, director of Student Life and Involvement, at 360-623-8120.
All events are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
April 11 – Swearing, Cursing, Profanity, and Slurs: Let’s Talk About Taboo Language
What exactly is profanity? What makes “bad” words bad? How does cursing affect us physically and emotionally? Do other languages swear differently than English? Under what circumstances can profanity and slurs be harmful? How can swear words be used differently than other words? Should we regulate profanity more than we currently do? These questions and more will be addressed during this presentation on foul language. Centralia College English instructor, Theresa Waliezer, will lead this presentation. WARNING: Attendees will be repeatedly hearing and seeing some of THE MOST offensive words in the English language during this talk. Be prepared!
April 18 – STRAWS – Documentary and Discussion
The film explores the modern dilemma of drinking straws, a one-time-use product that satisfies a wholly artificial demand. Several environmental scientists lay out how these seemingly innocuous items will end up doing irreversible harm to marine life, the ocean, and eventually human health if the problem continues to build. STRAWS provides alternate, sustainable solutions and encourages the simple act of refusing a straw when at a restaurant. Empowering tales, from local business owners who have changed their ordering model to middle schools that have enacted challenges in their communities, highlight how anyone can take action to help save the world’s oceans. After the film, there will be a discussion with the campus sustainability committee.
April 25 – Green Chemistry
Green chemistry scientist, Saskia Van Bergen, from the Department of Ecology, will be talking about the principles of green chemistry and the advantages of using this technique.
May 2 – Make the Most of Your World: Peace Corps
President John F. Kennedy formed the United States Peace Corps in 1961 from an Executive Order and, since that time, this program has overseen more than 220,000 US citizens serve in 141 countries. The Peace Corps offers volunteers a unique opportunity and lens to experience another culture, while sharing aspects of their own. This session will provide a brief history of the Peace Corps and will present the perspectives and experience of a volunteer that served from 2009-11 in Tanzania, East Africa. Kristen Sukraw graduated from Centralia College in 2005 and continued on to get a Bachelor’s in Arts degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Microbiology from Washington State University. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She works as a data manager and analyst for a public health and clinical research company in Seattle.
May 9 – Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers and other Wildlife
In Welcome to Subirdia, John M. Marzluff, professor of Forest Services at the University of Washington, will reveal the rich bird diversity in our suburbs and city parks, which hold more species than either wilderness areas or urban centers. In fact, suburbs may play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic disruptions of climate change and other human impacts.
May 16 – 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 South 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 both 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.
May 23 – Island of Hope
Leah is a 10-year-old Russian Jewish girl growing up in a shtetl in the Pale Settlement at the turn of the 20th century, who dreams of going to school like all of her brothers. When her oldest brother deserts the czar’s army, Leah’s parents reveal a plan for the whole family to escape to America. Leah and her family face a long and risky journey through Russia to their ship in Germany and across the Atlantic Ocean to the New York Harbor. But, when Leah alone is detained at Ellis Island, she must confront her biggest obstacle yet – what if she is sent back? This is a Living Voices presentation.
May 30 – Adventures in Entomophagy- Waiter, There’s No Fly in My Soup?
Have you ever swallowed a bug? More than 80 percent of the world’s cultures eat insects — why don’t we? According to the United Nations, insects could be the food of the future. Raising grasshoppers as a food source could combat world hunger and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 60 percent. Join David Gordon, the author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook for an adventure in entomophagy (eating bugs), and prepare yourself for the next big revolution in food production – using crickets, mealworms, and other eco-friendly alternatives to meat. The program concludes with free samples of edible insect snacks for everyone who attends.
June 6 – You’ve Gotta Step Out of that Boat!
Some people let fear keep them down, but people who are willing to step out of the boat find their purpose in life. Centralia College instructor, Jeff McQuarrie, will give this presentation.