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History Seminar Fall 2011 Schedule

December 7, 2011

Police Battalion 101 and the Making of the Holocaust

Presented by Teri Balkenende, History Instructor

When most people think about the crimes committed in the Holocaust, what comes to mind are the concentration camps, the gas chambers that masqueraded as showers, and the ovens used to burn the bodies of the victims. But there was another Holocaust, in some ways even more grisly and brutal, carried out in the Jewish towns and villages of the eastern territories. Here, German "order police" carried out systematic on-the-spot executions of innocent men, women, children, and even infants using pistols fired at point-blank range. Who exactly were the merciless thugs who carried out these orders? The answers may surprise you.

November 30, 2011

The History of Tourism in Indonesia

Presented by Luqman Khakim (Business Administration Lecturer at Semarang State Polytechnic), Ida Werdika Damayanti (Hospitality and Tourism Instructor at Bali State Polytechnic) and Nova Annamya, Visiting Indonesian Faculty Members

Home to the world's 4th largest population, Indonesia occupies the world's largest archipelago, spread over 17,000 islands. This tropical nation lives up to its motto "Unity in Diversity," with hundreds of ethnic groups and native tongues connected by a single national language, and with a Muslim majority that lives peacefully with sizeable populations of Hindus, Buddhists, Catholics, and Protestant Christians.

Once a source of wealth for the Dutch colonial empire, Indonesia later developed a reputation as a popular tourist destination. Come join visiting Indonesian faculty Luqman Khakim and Ida "Dayu" Damayanti for an overview of the history of their country, with special emphasis on the history of tourism--from Hindu and Muslim kings to 19th century Dutch artists to 21st century surfers.

November 16, 2011

The Hamitic Myth and Hypothesis: History and Evolution

Presented by Emmanuel Chiabi, History, Anthropology, and Political Science Instructor

Are Egyptians Caucasoid, Negroid, or Asiatic? Were blacks condemned to be slaves? What is the Hamitic hypothesis anyway?

November 9, 2011

A Brief History of the Tomato

Presented by Kevin Stanley, Economics Instructor

There is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh summer tomato. Come hear about the tomato's journey from its origins in the highlands of Peru to fast food outlets in the middle of winter. We will focus mostly on the industrialization of tomatoes in Florida - a story of big business, industrial chemicals, environmental destruction, and untold human misery. We will also look at the struggle by migrant workers to fight back against the most egregious abuses - including some inspiring victories over some of the largest food corporations in the world.

November 2, 2011

Ties between Economic Justice Movements and Organized Labor in the U.S.: Thoughts about Inter-movement Effects

Presented by Michael Mulcahy, Assistant Professor of Sociology,Central Washington University - Des Moines

The rapidly spreading “Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Together” movement calls attention to the extreme economic and social inequalities in the U.S. Some labor unions have endorsed or joined the protests, based on a shared interest in reducing economic inequality and fostering social and economic justice, particularly through the creation of living wage jobs. Join Michael Mulcahy as he examines the relationship between organized labor and the living wage movement from 1994-2002. His presentation will focus on two questions: First, in this historical case, did the inter-movement relationship strengthen labor unions, as scholars and activists expected? And second, does this case provide a useful reference point for understanding and interpreting the current relationships between the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and organized labor?

October 26, 2011

Wise Women: A History of Midwifery

Presented by Marie Esch-Radtke, Nursing Instructor

Women have always been healers, the doctors without degrees, cultivating and prescribing healing herbs, tending to the mysteries of life and death, learning from each other and passing on their secrets from mother to daughter. Barred from formal education, they were called “wise women” by their neighbors, and charlatans and witches by the authorities. Join Marie Esch-Radtke in a brief look back at the history of these women and the future of midwifery at “Wise Women: A History of Midwifery.”

October 19, 2011

African-American Experience in Georgia’s Lowcountry

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

Who are the Gullahs and Geechees? The descendants of West Africans, who were brought over in bondage to the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia and who strive to preserve their way of life, their culture, and their language. We’ll look at their beginning history and where Cornelia Bailey (below) and others are now.

October 12, 2011

Mali: Land of Timbuktu, Griots, and Bean Eaters

Presented by Chris Foertsch, ABE/ESL Instructor

The modern West African nation of Mali was the scene of a series of rich and powerful ancient empires that controlled trans-Saharan trade for centuries. European explorers eventually made their way to the legendary city of Timbuktu and the fabled Niger River, subsequently imposing colonial rule under a French flag. Today, though beset by poverty and other concerns, Mali is one of the most stable democracies in the region, its diverse ethnic groups coexisting peacefully--and playfully!--with a rich cultural heritage that includes an internationally renowned music scene and griot singer-storytellers whose traditions go back dozens of generations. Chris Foertsch shares information, pictures, and stories from this interesting corner of the world that few Americans know much about.

October 5, 2011

American Degeneracy: Small Genitals, Big Teeth, and Jefferson's Obsessive Quest to Reshape the European View of Inherent Old World Superiority

Presented by Lonnie Somer, Anthropology Instructor

In the mid-1700s, the prominent French naturalist Buffon proposed a new theory in which he claimed that the wildlife, introduced domesticated animals, and both Native Americans and European immigrants to the Americas suffered from progressive biological, and, in the case of the humans, moral and intellectual degeneracy relative to their European counterparts. This view came to be widely accepted among many of Buffon's European colleagues over the next few decades. During and immediately after the Revolutionary War, Thomas Jefferson became obsessed with disproving this claim, which he believed would undermine both economic and diplomatic support among European nations for the United States and discourage would-be immigrants from settling in the young nation.

September 28, 2011

Highline Community College: Why Here? Why Then?

Presented by Tim McMannon, History Instructor

As Highline turns 50, it makes sense to kick off our celebration with a look back at the very beginning (a very good place to start): the founding of Highline Community College. Hey, we'll even go back before the founding! Find out what made this a logical place for King County's first community college, consider some of the obstacles that had to be overcome to make this college a reality, and revisit some old friends and vanished scenes.

 


 

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