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History Seminar Winter 2011 Schedule

March 9, 2011

The History of Those Who Claim to Contact the Dead: Spiritualists and Mediums

Presented by Bob Baugher, Psychology Instructor

By popular demand—the spirits have spoken—Bob Baugher will make the presentation that was cancelled because of snow on February 23. They claim they can contact your dearly departed great uncle and your grandmother. Join us as we take a historical tour of those who call themselves spiritualists and mediums. Are they for real? Or is something else going on?

March 2, 2011

Savonarola and Renaissance Italy

Presented by Teri Balkenende, History Instructor

Heretic. Madman. Bigot. Fanatic. Saint. A fire-breathing reactionary and a passionate defender of the poor: the 15th century Dominican friar, Girolamo Savonarola, was all these things. He challenged the authority of the pope and brought the ruling Medici family of Florence to its knees; and he convinced even the most erudite citizens of this prosperous Renaissance epicenter that they must pitch their artistic and philosophical treasures into his “Bonfires of the Vanities” if they would save their immortal souls. Who on earth was this guy? And how did he get away with it all for so long? Join us for History Seminar to find out.

February 16, 2011

The Presidential Election of 1896

Presented by Tim McMannon, History Instructor

Tim McMannon will present on another important presidential election. But which one is it?

A little description might help:
The United States was facing its worst economic troubles in decades. Banks were failing, unemployment was high, and the economy seemed unable to climb out of the depths. The Democratic candidate was a rising young political star from a Midwestern state who had electrified the audience with a speech at his party’s convention. The Republican was a military veteran and experienced politician who had worked for reform but had not always achieved the results he hoped for.

Of course it’s the election of . . .

February 9, 2011

Rome, Carthage, and the Punic Wars

Presented by Chiemi Ma, History Instructor

What do wolves, chickens, and elephants have in common? Come find out as history instructor Chiemi Ma discusses Rome, Carthage, and the Punic Wars.

February 2, 2011

No History Seminar

January 26, 2011

Transforming the Region: The Effect of World War II on the Pacific Northwest

Presented by Brian Casserly, History Instructor

During World War II, the Pacific Northwest experienced significant economic and social transformations, the legacy of which continues to shape the society we live in today. From the expansion of Boeing and the area's shipyards to the development of plutonium production facilities at Hanford, the region's economy grew at unprecedented levels during the war years, leading to long-term economic change and a closer relationship with the federal government and defense spending. Wartime developments such as new employment opportunities for women, the internment of the area's Japanese American population and the migration of thousands of new people to the region, including African Americans and Mexican immigrants, would significantly reshape Northwest society.

January 19, 2011

The Gospel of Judas

Presented by Lonnie Somer, Anthropology Instructor

Rumors of the discovery in Egypt of an ancient Gnostic Gospel written on papyrus began to surface in the 1970s. It generated excitement and speculation as it was titled “The Gospel of Judas.” After a few decades of intrigue and its near destruction, it eventually surfaced, and its translation from its original Coptic into English was finally published in 2006. What did this document reveal? Was it actually written by Judas? Just what is a Gnostic Gospel anyway? Come to History Seminar and get answers to these questions and more!

January 12, 2011

From the Parabalani to ‘Angels of Mercy’ to Nurse Jackie: A History of the Profession of Nursing

Presented by Marie Esch-Radtke, Nursing Instructor

There are around 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States. (By comparison, there are approximately 800,000 physicians.) Despite their numbers, and although year after year the American public puts nurses at the top of the list of "most admired" professions for their honesty and ethics, many people don't fully understand where nursing came from or what nurses actually do. Come find out who the "Parabalani" were, how Florence Nightingale helped transform a trade into a profession, and the downside to being considered an "Angel of Mercy."

January 5, 2011

The Presidential Election of 1860

Presented by Tim McMannon

In November 1860, Abraham Lincoln won one of the strangest presidential elections in American history. It was also, arguably, the most important election in American history, since it led straight to the Civil War. Join Tim McMannon as we look back 150 years to the time when our nation was falling apart. We will consider not only this fateful election and its immediate results but also the events of the 1850s that led up to it.



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