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History Seminar Winter 2010 Schedule

March 10, 2010

European Balkanization of Cameroon and Cameroon’s Identity Crisis

Presented by Emmanuel Chiabi, History Instructor, Anthropology Instructor, Political Science Instructor, etc. (speaking of identity crisis!)

Cameroon native and author of The Making of Modern Cameroon, our own Emmanuel Chiabi will share with us the story of Cameroon’s colonial experience during the German, French, and English eras and Cameroon’s struggle to forge an identity.

March 3, 2010

Hitler & the Holocaust in American Popular Memory

Presented by Teri Balkenende, History Instructor

He’s been the subject of literally thousands of films and documentaries and featured in nearly as many songs, comic books, video games, cartoons, and television series. According to World Cat, there are no fewer than 1,054 English language fictional novels that deal with aspects of his life and 3,491 biographies. There’s even a bootleg Pez dispenser bearing his image. It’s fair to say that no other evil dictator has captured the American imagination the way that Hitler has. We’ll try to figure out why.

February 24, 2010

A Night at the Opera: The Arts, Social Constructs, and History (audio only)

Presented by Chiemi Ma, History Instructor

Carmen: This immortalized, seductive gypsy made her debut in a fictionalized French travelogue, followed by her entrance on the French stage at the Opéra-Comique, then into the cinemas in an Otto Preminger film. Who was she? What clues do her many incarnations across time and the Atlantic reveal about the respective societies’ history with the Other?

February 17, 2010

Warren G. Magnuson and Consumer Protection

Presented by Tim McMannon, History Instructor

He was a “senator from Boeing,” a “Gold-dust twin,” a U.S. senator best known for bringing home the pork to the state of Washington. But Warren G. Magnuson was also one of the leading congressional consumer protection advocates in this country’s history. Come hear about this important but little-known part of his career.

February 10, 2010

Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

Introduced by Tim McMannon, History Instructor

***Note:This was an in-class video presentation and will not be made available on the web.

May 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University. What really happened? Why? (And would you believe that my history students had no clue what I was talking about when I said: “When you think of Kent State University, you think of . . .”?)

Join us for a special History Seminar viewing of the Emmy Award-winning documentary Kent State: The Day the War Came Home.

February 3, 2010

The Only Good Roman is a Bad Roman

Presented by Steve Hueston, Former Highline History Instructor

The period of Roman history from 200 BC to AD 200 was marked by evil events and people. It was, at the same time, marked by some impressive advances—social, scientific, and technological—that were critical in the evolution of civilization.

Those who love Roman history tend to look at the wonders of the age. People who hate it see Ben Hur and Christian martyrs. And those who grew up with “Star Wars” will naturally love republics and hate empires. But the history of Rome during this period is not as simple as any of these views. Come hear Steve Hueston explore this complex period of Roman history.

January 27, 2010

Barter to Bling, Cash to Credit: A Brief History of Money

Presented by James Peyton, History Instructor

The value of the dollar is in the news. The credit crunch is one of the causes of the current recession. And somehow a Scottish bank failed because it ended up with a bunch of U.S. mortgage-backed securities. So how did we end up here? This presentation will satisfy your “Yen” to hear a short history of money and give you what you always “Won”ted to know about the development of our current financial system “Baht” were afraid to ask!

January 20, 2010

Lincoln and Antietam

Presented by Tim Clark, History Instructor

As the Civil War unfolded and the sacrifices became greater, Abraham Lincoln was under great strain. But leadership is about having a long-term vision and negotiating the barriers to it. See why Lincoln was one of America’s greatest leaders. (And see why it makes sense to have this presentation during MLK Week!)

January 13, 2010

The Life, Times, and Death of Giordano Bruno

Presented by Lonnie Somer, Anthropology Instructor

Giordano Bruno was a 16th century Dominican monk who was charged with heresy and burned at the stake for stating, among many other things, that the Earth revolved around the sun. His death had a chilling effect on such notable astronomers as Galileo and Kepler. This History Seminar will explore the life and times of this controversial figure.

January 6, 2010

The First Big Kick—How Sugar Changed the World

Presented By Jennifer Jones, Geography Instructor

The white crystals we sprinkle on our morning cornflakes have a long history that spans the globe. Sugar plantations in the Caribbean created enormous fortunes in Europe, relied on food imports from the US, and used slave labor from Africa. As the first of the “big kick” cash crops, sugar paved the way for tobacco, coffee, chocolate and later, cocaine. Follow the money as we stalk the infamous Sugar Cane from the plant to the sugar bowl. You’re sweet, sugar, but are you innocent?

 


 

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