- Spring 2018 Health and Wellness: Yoga
Fridays, April 6 -May 11 at 1-2pm
Join Afton Mastracchio, a certified yoga instructor with over 10 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
- Spring 2018 Presenter Schedule
Friday, April 6, 2018 9am
Turkey: The Emergency of the First Secular Muslim Country
Upon the fall of the Ottoman Empire, a new world order was established in the Middle East. Among the new countries, Turkey emerged a rarity in the region: a modern secular nation-state. Let's examine the birth and development of modern Turkey, against the background of 20th century global history.
Friday, April 6, 11am
The Little Known Oscar Wilde: Fairy Tales
Famous for his comedies and infamous for his personal life, Oscar Wilde's fairy tales are not widely known by the public, but these works shed light on some of the themes covered in his better known works: power, relationships, and faith. Join us for a lively discussion about how Wilde's brief but powerful works lend better understanding of his life and on late-Victorian culture, as well as the relevance of these topics to our own lives.
Friday, April 13, 9am
Muslim Women: Emancipated or Subjugated?
Muslim women are usually seen as subjugated or liberated agents, depending on who is discussing the topic. Let's examine the status of women in Islamic texts (theory) and societies (practice) with a particular attention to Muslim feminists' view on the topic.
Friday, April 13, 2018 11am
Dealing with Demagoguery: Defense Against the Dark Arts
What do we mean when we say that someone is manipulating the masses? Together we will learn how rhetorical theory understands demagoguery through history, and provides practical tips to defend against a rising tide of demagoguery in our society.
Friday, April 20, 2018 9am
Politics of the Olympics: North Korea's Undeserved Glory or Another Chance for Peace?
Discussing the diplomatic negotiations between North and South Korea and the US, this class will examine how the North Korean participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics has changed the relationships among the three countries. Will the Games have any positive or negative effect on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula? Let's find out together!
Friday, April 20, 2018 11am
To be announced
Friday, April 27, 2018 9am
HPV: The Clever Little Virus that generated Cowboy Legends, Tumors & Controversy
Join us to learn about the history of HPV, the types of diseases associated with the virus, and current social and political controversies revolving around the anti-HPV vaccines. How does the virus cause disease and how does the vaccine work? Questions, taunts, and wisecracks from audience participants are encouraged, as the presenter is accustomed to dealing with medical student commentaries!
Friday, April 27, 2018 11am
The Little Known Oscar Wilde: Essays and Poems in Prose
Famous for his comedies, and infamous for his personal life, Oscar Wilde's essays and poems are not widely known by the public, but these works shed light on some of the themes covered in his better known works: power, relationships and faith. Join us for a lively discussion about how Wilde's brief but powerful works lend better understand of his life and on late-Victorian culture, as well as the relevance of these topics to our own lives.
Friday, May 4, 2018 9am
1968: The Worst Year in American History - Political Assassinations of MLK and RFK
This is the second 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 and a human rights icon, a U.S. president mired in a quagmire, and our innocence. WORST. YEAR. EVER. Come and see if you agree!
Friday, May 4, 2018 11am
Organ transplants in 2018: Ethics and Ambiguities
What if you or someone you loved needed an organ transplant, what are the steps you would take to understand and manoeuver through the process? Most of us do not think of this until it happens within our circle. This course will talk about various means of procurement, the ambiguous nature of donated tissue vs. "self", questions of gender and age, as well as transplant-inspired changes in cuture and spirituality.
Friday, May 11, 2018 9am
How Theatre Empowers People of all Abilities
Deborah Nowinski, winner of the Barbara Jordan Award for Media in Excellence, is the founder of the only theatre for actors with disabilities and those without. She will share upbeat stories of how inclusion in the theatre empowers not only the actors but also the audience members. Come prepared to be empowered and see the world as truly the stage that it is.
Friday, May 11, 2018 11am
Language and Gender: 1975 - 2018
Does language reflect or create our gender? Let's learn the history, fundamental concepts, and current insights into "women's language", gender "difference", workplace communication, lavender linguistics and more! You will leave the class finally knowing whether to believe such age-old claims as: women talk more than men; men curse more than women; gay men have a "lisp", and men don't gossip!