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History Seminar Fall 2012 Schedule

November 14, 2012

Robin Hood: The Man and the Legend

Presented by Teri Balkenende, History Instructor

Everyone knows the stories of Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor and who lived his life in the greenwood surrounded by his "Merry Men." But was there ever really a Robin Hood? And if so, how much do the legends reflect his true circumstances? The answers may surprise you.

October 31, 2012

History and Philosophy of Batik

Presented by Visiting Faculty from Indonesia: Hendriane Namotemo, Maryke Alelo, Andi Musdariah, and Edwin Sanusi

People might recognize Batik merely for its beautiful motif and color. However, the beauty of Batik also lies in the philosophy that is contained in it and that becomes apparent in the Batik-making process.

October 24, 2012

Power of Cultural Interaction: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of the Social Construction of Gender

Presented by Alicia Lewis, Sociology Instructor

People’s perception reflects their entire existence, the way people are viewed, and their total way of being. Through this presentation, we visit historical and contemporary dominant cultural and subcultural perspectives of gender and sexual identity and expression. We will further explore intersections of identity when exploring gender fluidity, as well as some of the more subtle and covert forms of bias pervasive within and throughout the queer community.

October 17, 2012

Corn in World History: From Central America to Northwest Cameroon?

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

History teaches us that corn was first "engineered" and cultivated in ancient America, but tell that to the Kom of Northwest Cameroon, where Emmanuel Chiabi was born and raised, and they will tell you that you do not know your history. Like most young people who grew up in Kom, Emmanuel ate corn, in one form or another, three times a day. Today, a Kom man will tell you that he has not eaten until he has eaten fufu corn. Many Kom people believe that corn is indigenous to their area. Emmanuel himself believed that until he learned otherwise in his US history courses

October 10, 2012

The Evolution of Twitter

Presented by Ellen Bremen, Communication Studies Instructor

Is a tweet a sound a bird makes? Yes (but it's another type of message, too!). Is a follower someone who walks behind you? Yes (and you can have a whole bunch of them). Are 140 characters . . . well . . . just not enough to send a coherent message? 500 million active users would disagree! In this week's History Seminar, learn about the Evolution of Twitter. Find out how this social media/microblogging service emerged from a kinda-sorta-text to changing the way we interact with the world (and it has nothing to do with people's sandwiches).

October 3, 2012

The Presidential Election of 1912

Presented by Tim McMannon

It’s déjà vu all over again at History Seminar! One candidate seems to think that government intervention is necessary to ensure fairness in the economy. The other implies that less regulation and more marketplace competition are the way to go. And this is, of course, the election of . . . (Oh, and there are two other candidates, one of whom is the president.) Ok, it’s the election of 1912.

 


 

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