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History Seminar Fall 2013 Schedule

November 20, 2013

European Witchcraft Trials

Presented by Teri Balkenende, History Instructor, Highline Community College

In the three hundred years between roughly 1450 and 1750, as many as 100,000 individuals were tried in the west for the crime of witchcraft. Of these, approximately half were convicted and executed. What were the reasons behind this slaughter, and why did so many confess to the crime? Join Teri Balkenende at our last History Seminar of Fall Quarter to find out!

November 13, 2013

The Black Hawk War and the Archaeology of Black Hawk’s Village

Presented By Lonnie Somer, Anthropology Instructor, Highline Community College

In 1832, more than 1000 Native Americans crossed the Mississippi River and returned to their village of Saukenuk, located in modern-day Illinois, under the leadership of the Sac war captain Black Hawk. More than half of his followers were women and children. The village and surrounding lands had been taken over by American settlers, and Black Hawk and his followers were determined to reclaim their land. What ensued would pit Black Hawk and his people against the U.S. military, local militias, and their Native American allies. The conflict would leave more than half of Black Hawk's followers dead, Black Hawk captured and imprisoned, and their lands east of the Mississippi River lost to them.

More than 100 years later, the site of Saukenuk was once again under threat, this time from bulldozers, which would destroy the site for the development of a highway, as well as from looters, who would strip the site before archaeological work could be undertaken. What followed was a race against time.

November 6, 2013

The Japanese American Cases

Presented by Roger Daniels, Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cincinnati

After Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt, claiming a never documented “military necessity,” ordered the removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II solely because of their ancestry. As Roger Daniels movingly describes, almost all reluctantly obeyed their government and went peacefully to the desolate camps provided for them.

In his recently published book and in this presentation, Professor Daniels focuses on four Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans, who, aided by a handful of lawyers, defied the government and their own community leaders by challenging the constitutionality of the government’s orders.*

*From the book’s description provided by the University Press of Kansas

October 30, 2013

The Environmental History of the Duwamish River

Presented by Jonathan Betz-Zall, Environmental Science Instructor, Highline Community College

Come and learn about the twisted history of Seattle’s only river: the Duwamish. Today we see it as an industrial sewer, but it used to glow with life, and it could again if we clean it up. Understanding how the river got corrupted can help us heal our environment.

October 23, 2013

The Call to Care: A History of Nursing Education in the United States

Presented by Marie Esch-Radtke, Nursing Instructor, Highline Community College

From sharpening needles and rolling bandages to interacting with high-fidelity simulators—how educating nurses for our country has evolved over the past 300 years, and why it’s important. Join us for a peek into the growth and development of a dynamic profession.

October 16, 2013

A Brief History of the Mexican Revolution

Presented by Adrian Sinkler, Political Science Instructor, Highline Community College

Outside of the European conquest itself, the Mexican Revolution is the most violent conflict in the history of the Americas, claiming the lives of nearly two million people (1 in 7 Mexicans) and involving an unmatched amount of infighting (and assassination) between its primary leaders. Despite its scope, scale, and importance, few people outside of Mexico know the fascinating history of this at once tragic and triumphant event. Adrian Sinkler invites you to hear his thoughts on the causes, course, and consequences of the 20th century's first "social revolution."

October 9, 2013

Coming Home: Baseball's America

Presented by Bill Woodward, History Professor, Seattle Pacific University

A conversation about baseball's grip on America, using metaphors of hope and homecoming to trace the history of the game - and our nation.

October 2, 2013

Taino Rock Art

Presented by Jennifer Jones, Geography Instructor

America's first underground rock group? Caves in the Dominican Republic are full of images left by people thousands of years ago. Come see the rock art of the indigenous Taino--the people who met Columbus.

 


 

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