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History Seminar Fall 2010 Schedule

December 1, 2010

Conspiracies, Vaccines and Monkeys: Exploring the Many Theories of the Origins of HIV

Presented by Tracy Brigham, Physical Education and Nutrition Instructor

Ever wondered where HIV/AIDS originated? Scientists (and conspiracy theorists) have been exploring and studying possible theories for years. Was HIV manmade as part of a biological warfare experiment? Did it mutate from similar monkey and/or ape viruses through the hunting of these animals? Did it spread throughout Africa as part of the immunization campaigns of the 1960s? And how far back do the earliest cases of HIV/AIDS go? Come listen to a brief explanation of the various theories and hear what most scientists believe today.

November 17, 2010

From Farm to Factory: The History of Factory Farming

Presented by Kevin Stanley, Economics Instructor

Animal agriculture has played an important role in human history by increasing agricultural yields and allowing for specialization. Most animal products in the supermarket are not grown on picturesque outdoor farms (think Charlotte's Web) but indoors in factories that little resemble what we think of as "farms." Come explore the rise of the factory farm from its origins on the Delmarva Peninsula in the 1920s to the present, with a discussion of the implications for workers, communities, health, and the environment.

November 10, 2010

Li Bai's "The River Merchant's Wife"

Presented by Susan Landgraf, English, College Studies, and Journalism Instructor

What does Li Bai's (known as Li Po in the Western world) poem "The River Merchant's Wife" say about China? What can we see in this poem about love-of another, of family, of country-and honor? How does this poem give us an understanding of China-then and now?

November 3, 2010

Buddhaheads vs. Katonks: The Brittle Beginnings of the 442nd

Presented by Tarisa Matsumoto-Maxfield, Diversity & Global Studies and English Instructor

What do you get when you take a Buddhahead and a Katonk and put them together in the deep South? A whole lotta stinkeye. Believe it or not, Japanese Americans don’t always get along. So how did Japanese Americans from Hawai’i and Japanese Americans from the mainland come together to form one of the most celebrated U.S. military units in history? Come find out at as we look at Buddhaheads vs. Katonks: The Brittle Beginnings of the 442nd.

October 27, 2010

Jack the Ripper

Presented by Teri Balkenende, History Instructor

Through the autumn months of 1888, “Jack the Ripper” terrorized London’s east end, killing at least five but perhaps as many as eleven women by stabbing, mutilating, and disemboweling them. Despite the best efforts of the London’s finest and Scotland Yard to apprehend the killer, the case was never solved. Come celebrate Halloween with “Saucy Jack”—if you dare!!!

October 20, 2010

A Brief History of FAD Products

Presented by Jeff Ward, Business Instructor

If we can get him to put away his Silly Putty and Hula Hoop for a few minutes, Jeff Ward will take us on a journey through the 50s, 60s, and beyond to look at fad products – toys, household appliances (can you say “Vegematic”?), clothing, and other fun trends that had their moments in marketing history and their 15 minutes of fame. The big question is, why?

October 13, 2010

Knowledge Construction: The Canon Debate

Presented by Ay Saechao, College Preparatory Advisor at Cleveland High School

Mainstream academic knowledge of U.S. history has often limited the scope, realities, and contributions of multiethnic communities. The implications for our students can be devastating. When multicultural voices and histories are not accurately represented in the school curriculum, their identity becomes characterized instead of actualized. This seminar will examine the essential concept of knowledge construction and how we can address the question, "What is the U.S. narrative, and how can diverse communities be represented?"

Join special guest presenter Ay Saechao as we explore this vital topic.

October 6, 2010

Beyond the Floating World: The Ako Incident

Presented by Chiemi Ma, History Instructor

What was it about the Ako Incident that so captured the imagination of generations of Japanese (and eventually, Westerners) that we must pierce the filter of reinterpretations from puppet show to films in order to reexamine the implications of the actual historical event? Who were the Forty-Seven Ronin . . . and were there really forty-seven?

September 29, 2010

Is McCarthyism Dead?: Liberty vs. Security

Presented by Jim Glennon, Political Science and History Instructor

Mc|Carthyism n. the use of indiscriminate, often unfounded, accusations, sensationalism, inquisitorial investigative methods, etc., as in the suppression of political opponents portrayed as subversive (Webster's New World Dictionary). Jim Glennon will use examples from history and personal experience to explore the tactics of American inquisition.

September 22, 2010

Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler: Astronomy at the Cusp of the Age of Enlightenment

Presented by Lonnie Somer, Anthropology Instructor

Imagine a time when you could . . .

  • Throw your students in a dungeon for disobedience!
  • Study the nighttime sky in front of a mural of yourself studying the nighttime sky.
  • Wear your more expensive gold nose only on special occasions.
  • Have a profoundly religious experience that will shape the remainder of your life-while giving a lecture!
  • Be instrumental in tearing down an astronomical model that had stood for nearly 2,000 years.

 


 

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