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History Seminar Spring 2016 Schedule

June 1, 2016

The History and People of Kurdistan

Presented by Sheelan and Abdulkareem Shamdeen

Did you know . . .

  • that the Kurds are the largest nation in the world without a country?
  • that the Kurds are different from other ethnicities like the Arabs or Persians?
  • that the regional government of Kurdistan is one the biggest allies of the US government in its fight against ISIS?
Well, now you do-and you'll learn much, much more about the Kurds and Kurdistan at today's History Seminar!

May 25, 2016

World War I Comes to the Northwest: The Spruce Production Division

Presented by Bob Nylander

When the United States entered World War I in 1917, it had something it and all its allies wanted: Sitka spruce timber for aircraft construction. Extraordinary measures were taken to harvest as much spruce as possible. The lives of workers, soldiers, and industrialists were profoundly affected by the measures taken by the Army Signal Corps Spruce Production Division.

May 18, 2016

Three Flights: 1915-1919 The Birth of the Boeing Company

Presented by Jules James

Local historian Jules James presents stories of three pivotal seaplane flights:

  • Raising-a-militia announcement flight, 1915
  • Inaugural flight of the Boeing Company's first airplane, 1916
  • Canadian Landing Rights Weekend, 1919

May 11, 2016

The Kosovo Police Service

Presented by Steve Lettic

If you could build a brand new police service how would you do it? Come to History Seminar for a historical--and slightly humorous--perspective on the United Nations efforts to design and train a multiethnic and gender-representative police service in Kosovo.

May 4, 2016

The Zatari Syrian Refugee Camp

Presented by Amal Mahmoud

During the year that Amal Mahmoud spent in Jordan as a Fulbright Scholar, he volunteered to teach and train teachers of English one day a week at the Zatari Syrian Refugee Camp. The camp, located about 100 miles north of Amman, houses close to 100,000 Syrian refugees. Amal will share his experience working at the camp and the plight of the camp residents. A PowerPoint presentation will provide a glimpse into life at the camp.

April 27, 2016

Talking Story: AANAPISI at Highline

Presented by Cheryl Carino-Burr, Rolita Ezeonu, and Ekk Sisavatdy

What is AANAPISI and what is its significance to the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities? In honor of AAPI Heritage Month in May, this presentation will be discussing why AANAPISI's are a critical piece in confronting the stereotype of the Asian model minority. The model-minority myth is so dangerous because it's really a distortion of where the hidden achievement gaps are. Join us in this group presentation, which will include a student panel. At Highline, AAPI's made up over 22% of the student population in 2013-2014 (Institutional Research).

April 20, 2016

Chicano Soul: Dismantling the Racial Binary in U.S. Popular Music

Presented by Cisco Orozco

This seminar will present the history of "Chicano Soul" artists in a thriving music scene in San Antonio, Texas, from the years 1954 to 1970. This scene represents one of many musical dialogues between Chicana/o and African American communities and the rich cultural exchange that continues to shape the musical soundscape we call "American popular music." However, experiences like these are underrepresented in the dominant narrative, oftentimes deemed insignificant. Learn about this interesting, rich musical history and its implications for the cultural politics of U.S. American identity and culture.

April 13, 2016

Thanatourism

Presented by Justin Taillon

Thanatourism, also known as Dark Tourism, Dark Spots, Fatal Attractions, Morbid Tourism, Grief Tourism, and Atrocity Tourism, is tourist visitation to sites of historical death, disaster, and morbidity. This presentation examines a specific dark spot, Hearne, Texas, which served as a World War II prisoner of war camp, housing German, Italian, and Japanese soldiers from 1942 until 1946. The presentation provides insight to the way dark spots are perceived, used, and consumed by thanatourists through the lens of socio-cultural influences.

 


 

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