- Winter 2018 Health and Wellness: Yoga
Fridays, Jan. 26 -March 2 at 1-2pm
Join Shelby Cefaratti, a certified yoga instructor with over 15 years of experience in the Clear Lake area, while we learn research-based mindful movement, meditation, and breathing techniques in a secular, nonjudgmental setting --For students, faculty, staff, and community members at all levels of proficiency from beginner through advanced. Bring your mat! -Additional opportunity to participate in research questionnaires and receive a brief “before and after” report showing your progress on cognitive and mental health variables after the course ends. More information on the research opportunity will be emailed to participants prior to the first day of class
- Winter 2018 Presenter Schedule
Friday, January 26, 2018 9am
Part 1: Combat Your Fears About Social Media!
Learn about the history, terminology and its positive and negative effects on our society. Understand the complexities and challenges of social media practices. Set aside your fears and misconceptions so you can discover this valuable communications tool!
Friday, January 26, 2018 11am
The Psychology of Superheroes
What makes a superhero happy? What makes a good superhero team? How is their sense of self defined by their superpowers? We will explore these questions and more. At the same time, we will learn more about ourselves.
Friday, February 2, 2018 9am
Part 2: Combat Your Fears About Social Media!
We will continue the dialogue and apply practicle tools to improve our skills. Bring your mobile devices to class and learn how you can use social media according to your needs. Set aside your fears and misconceptions so you can discover this valuable communications tool!
Friday, February 2, 2018 11am
DACA: What is it and why is it so important today?
This course will be a panel discussion of members from the Latino and Latin American Studies Committee, explaining DACA, why it is so important to everyone, and what we as a society can do to insure rights for all.
Friday, February 9, 2018 9am
Sleep: Habits, Solutions, and Strategies
Even though we spend a third of our lives sleeping, people still have many difficulties getting a good night of sleep. We will discuss the science and nature of sleep as well as strategies to help improve sleep.
Friday, February 9, 2018 11am
Humanity in the Midst of War
The Geneva Conventions: Since 1859, how have the Geneva Conventions helped maintain humanity and dignity in times of armed conflict? Come and learn with Red Cross volunteer, Dave Dunn, as he explains the backround and overview of the Geneva Conventions at their inception and today.
Friday, February 16, 2018 9am
1968: The Worst Year in American History-Tet Offensive
This is the first of a four part series about 1968: Between the Tet Offensive in January 1968 and the riots at the Democratic convention in Chicago in August, we lost a civil rights icon, a human rights icon, a U.S. president mired in quagmire, and our innocence. WORST. YEAR. EVER. Come and see if you agree!
Friday, February 16, 2018 11am
Happy Chinese New Year 4655! Here Comes the Year of the Dog!
Let's celebrate our Spring Festival 4655 with a discussion about when, what, how and why people in China wrap up the old year and start a new year, both past and now.
Friday, February 23, 2018 9am
Eating Culture: Food and Anthropology
Everyone eats-yet, did you ever stop and think why certain foods are important to you? Or why some foods are considered "comfort" foods? Or how certain dishes contain cultural symbols and may be linked to memory and identity? Cuisines can unite people in community and divide people by race, class, and ethnicity. Let's talk about connections between food and culture, with examples from the United States, Mexico, and elsewhere. Can food create inequalities? Or Build bridges? Come find out!
Friday, February 23, 2018 11am
Aliens Among Us: Three Films on Fragility and Mortality, Resilience and Transcendence
Norma Desmond...David Bowie..."Big" and "Little" Edie Beale. What do these personages-ficticious and real-have in common? Each is an alien trapped in cicumstances of his or her own making. What does it mean to be an outsider struggling to be free? Watch the films (on reserve at the Neumann Library) and join us for a lively discussion about what it means to be an outsider struggling to be free.
Friday, March 2, 2018 9am
The Persian Empire & the Cyrus Cylinder: Writing and Power in Ancient Empire
The "Cyrus Cylinder" is one of the famous objects of antiquity, often understood as the document that would free the Jews from their captivity in Babylon. Let's learn the context of the cylinder in the relationship between the Persian and Babylonian Empires. We'll also talk about how writing developed and how it functioned in the Ancient Near East.
Friday, March 2, 2018 11am
Secrets of the Mafia: Those "Goodfellas" Are Really "Badfellas"
We will explore the history and deviant activities of organized criminals and the various methods that governmental authorities at all levels have employed in order to disrupt and curtail such activities, around the country and maybe closer to home.