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History Seminar Spring 2014 Schedule

May 28, 2014

The Fabled Spice Islands of Indonesia

Presented By Chris Foertsch

Today, spices like nutmeg and cloves hardly seem valuable or even exotic. Yet for millennia, European, Middle Eastern, and Chinese demand made spices among the most lucrative commodities in the world, prompting European nations to send explorers like Columbus, Magellan, and da Gama to risk their lives and their backers' fortunes to find their source, the mysterious Spice Islands. Where are these island specks and how did their aromatic products trigger the Age of Exploration and change the world?

May 21, 2014

The Influence of the Haitian Revolution on U.S. History

Presented By Nancy Rawles

Twenty years after the founding of the United States, the Haitian Revolution created the second independent country in the Americas. How would this revolution, in which an army of African slaves defeated the army of Napoleon, influence the history of the United States?

May 14, 2014

Flight of the Pilots

Presented By Bill Mullins

How could Seattle lose a major league baseball team after just one year? Bill Mullins will sort through the cast of culprits and a list of causes to discover how Seattle's first big league baseball team, the Pilots, became the Milwaukee Brewers after playing only the 1969 season.

May 7, 2014

How the Great Migration Changed the Fortunes of the Lorenzo Morris Family

Presented By Ed Morris

From 1910 to 1970, six million African Americans migrated out of the rural southern U.S. to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West. This great migration would change the landscape of many American cities. Come and hear the story of how the Morris family moved from Mobile, Alabama, to Boston, Massachusetts, and beyond. Learn about the circumstances that prompted the journey and the resulting opportunities that would influence the generations that followed.

April 30, 2014

Hammering Hoover, Reinventing Roosevelt: A Reassessment of the Great Depression

Presented By T.M. Sell, Journalism and Political Science Instructor

The traditional picture of the Great Depression paints a picture of Herbert Hoover as cold-hearted villain and Franklin Delano Roosevelt as saintly genius. Later reinterpretations of the decade-long disaster blame monetary policy, FDR’s policies, and workers’ greed for both the depth and severity of the nation’s long nightmare. Just as on the X-Files, the truth is out there somewhere.

April 23, 2014

The Nuremberg Trials

Presented by Rick Harkavy

The Nuremberg trials were the first time that the international community held a country’s leaders responsible for violating international laws. It was also the first time that individuals were charged with crimes against humanity—the inhumane treatment of civilian populations during a war. Come to History Seminar to hear about this important chapter in World War II—and world—history. Rick Harkavy is currently the rabbi of Bet Chaverim, a Reform synagogue in Des Moines. He was previously an executive director for a Holocaust Museum in the New York area, and while living in Israel, he worked at Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust Museum. Rabbi Harkavy also teaches a course entitled “Holocaust: Victims and Oppressors” for Highline’s Continuing Education Program.

April 16, 2014

Muhammad, Matisse, McDonald's: Historical Influences on the Culture of Modern Morocco

Presented by Jennifer Jones Geography Instructor, Highline Community College

Is he a wizard? No! He's an everyday Moroccan dude, living in one of the coolest multicultural countries in the world today. Come learn how Cleopatra, Ibn Battuta, and Jimi Hendrix helped to create today's Morocco-and you might leave with a few dirhams in your djeballa.

April 9, 2014

The Civil War Experience in the Pacific Northwest

Presented by Lorraine McConaghy Public Historian, Museum of History and Industry

Nope, there were no battles fought here, but there was dramatic disagreement about the same issues that sent men onto eastern battlefields: race and slavery, treason, secession, and suspension of civil liberties, like freedom of the press. Join us for a conversation with historian Lorraine McConaghy about her research and projects in this little-known period of Washington's history. She'll emphasize the story of Charles Mitchell, the only slave to flee Washington Territory on the tiny Underground Railroad of Puget Sound.

 


 

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