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History Seminar Fall 2014 Schedule

November 19, 2014

King Arthur

Presented by Teri Balkenende, Highline College Faculty, History

Legends of the great King Arthur have been re-told and re-invented for hundreds of years. But is there any historical basis to the legend? Was there ever really an Arthur who led the Romanized British Celts in their battles against the Anglo-Saxon invaders? The answer depends entirely on whom you ask.

November 12, 2014

Seaplanes of Lake Union: 1914-1935

Presented by Jules James Steamship Virginia V Foundation Narrating Historian

Bill Boeing's Seaplane Station at the foot of Roanoke Street in Seattle launched famous first flights, legendary local careers, and dreams of aerial empires across Alaska. Come enjoy a photo-filled tour of ordinaries and greats as they pioneer commercial aviation to and from Seattle's Lake Union.

November 5, 2014

World War II, the U.S., the United Nations, and Africa

Presented by Emmanuel Chiabi Faculty member in the departments of History, Political Science, and Anthropology

It's a fishing boat! No, it's a warship! Two men promised to reshape the world after World War II, making it a better place, in which freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from want and fear would prevail. Can you recognize them? Join Emmanuel Chiabi as he tells the story of how these two people influenced the course of events during and after World War II.

October 29, 2014

The History of the Identification and Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Presented by Aaron Moehlig, Faculty, Chemistry

James Parkinson's name has been literally synonymous with Parkinson's disease since he published, "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy" in 1817, but this disease may have been around long before the publication of his seminal work. Ancient historians in India called involuntary muscle movement "Kampavata," and even the Old Testament may provide early observations of people suffering from what we now refer to as Parkinson's disease. This talk will highlight the historical record of the many historians, chemists, nurses, and physicians who have observed and treated the disorder. Come see how far we have (or haven't) come in diagnosing and treating Parkinson's disease over the past few millennia.

October 22, 2014

Immigration Policy in the United States

Presented by Ben Gonzalez, Faculty, Political Science

America has from its very beginnings prided itself on being a melting pot, a place where people of all nationalities could come fleeing persecution in search of a better life. However, the history of immigration policy reveals a somewhat ugly truth regarding who we have deemed fit for this “melting pot.” From the Chinese Exclusion Acts of the 19th century through the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, policymakers have sought to shape the cultural, racial, and ethnic contours of United States to preserve their notions of who is, or can be, American. Join Ben Gonzalez as he examines how immigration policy has shaped the nation as we see it today through who it has let in and who it has kept out.

October 15, 2014

Deluge: The Great Ice Age Missoula Floods

Presented by Eric Baer Faculty, Geology

Imagine for a moment all the world’s rivers combined flowing across Eastern Washington. Not just the Columbia, Mississippi, Ganges, the Amazon, Nile, but also every single small river and stream – all of that water, combined, coursing across the dusty plains of Spokane, Moses Lake, and down into Portland. Now take that vision, and multiply the amount of water by 20, and you might get an idea of the flood that occurred . . . and then occurred again and again . . .

October 8, 2014

The Mysteries of the Phoenicians

Presented By Sam Alkhalili, Faculty, Business Information Technology

If you're like most people, you have been wondering a lot about the Phoenicians lately. Who were they? you ask yourself Why is their history mysterious? What were their origins? When did they exist? Where and how did they live? What did they contribute to our society? Might there even be Phoenicians living secretly among us today? You just have so many questions. Well, you're in luck! Sam Alkhalili will answer all of these questions (and possibly even more, if you ask nicely) at History Seminar!

October 1, 2014

Historical Geography of the Big Kick Crops

Presented By Jennifer Jones, Geography Instructor

Have you had your Starbucks today? Do you enjoy an occasional cigarette after dinner? Or do you drink kava tea for insomnia? Mood-altering crops from different parts of the world have important-but sometimes forgotten-social and economic histories. For example, think weed only got popular in the 1960s? Think the pilgrims never drank? You may be surprised to discover what people in the past got up to! Come to History Seminar today to learn about the origins of coffee, kava, khat, cannabis, tobacco, and alcohol!

 


 

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