Humanities Calendar - Spring Quarter

Spring Quarter 2016

All events are free and open to the campus and the community.  Please check back as additional information becomes available.

Exploring Unintended Consequences: The "Faustian Bargain"
Sometimes even our best efforts to improve human life, save the planet, and promote progress and prosperity end up creating unintended, negative consequences.  How can STEM & Humanities work together to prevent or to solve the seemingly intractable problems resulting from these unintended consequences? Must we accidentally destroy when we mean to create? Are we making a "deal with the devil"? These encore presentations, free and open to the campus and community, are made possible by the support of the Office of Instruction. If you missed attending in winter quarter, mark your calendars now for...

Apr. 5: Fayla Schwartz, botany: "Hitchhikers and Invited Guests Gone Bad - The Invasive Species Problem"
Apr. 12: Jason Ripper, history: "Thanks, Obama!: Inventions, Unintended Consequences, and the Political Sphere"
Apr. 19: Diane Brown, psychology: "Motivated Bias: Why we insist on being right and persist in harming ourselves"
Apr. 26: Andrew Vanture, astronomy & physics: "The Atomic Bomb"
May 3: Cynthia Clarke, anthropology: "Marshall Islanders after the atomic bomb tests"
May 10: Andrew Wahl, journalism: "Future Past: EPIC 2014 and the Modern Media Landscape"
May 17: Mike VanQuickenborne, philosophy: "Body:Mind::Sport:E-sport: The Danger of a Soul in a Digital World"
May 24: Charles Fischer, English: "The Tears in Things: Religion and Science in Late Modernity"

JKC 106

Holocaust Survivor Forums
April 13: Bob H., Belgian child survivor
April 27:  Ron F., son of child survivor, Kindertransport
May 11:  Steve A., child survivor, Kindertransport
May 25:  Henry F., teen survivor (replacing Morgan A.)
JKC 101
12:20-1:20 pm
The campus and the community are invited to join the Humanities 150D Class for the 2016 Holocaust Survivor Forum Series, sponsored by the EvCC Foundation. Forum speakers are provided by the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle.

Tuesday Travelogues
Please join us for another quarter of armchair travel. All presentations are in Jackson Center (JKC) room 107 from 12:20-1:20pm. As in the past, these events are free and open to the campus and the community.

April 12: The Acadians: Part II; Presenter: Isabelle Miller
April 26: China & Indonesia: "It's a Good-Looking Camel: Highlights & Hijinx of an EvCC Delegation"
     Presenters: Katie Jensen, Karl Ritter, Michelle Barnes, Joe Graber, and Visakan Ganeson
May 3: Hostels, Homestays, & Airbnb; Presenter: Britta Eschete
May 17: Tuscany; Presenter: Amy Wilcox

Panel Discussion: The Refugee Experience: Fleeing War & Violence
Come hear the stories of some EvCC students as they share their families' journeys to safety here. This event is free and open to the campus and the community thanks to the generous support of the Global Education Initiative.
April 18, 2016
JKC 101

The ​Festival of Foreign Film & Philosophy​
Join philosophy instructor Mike VanQuickenborne for screenings of an international lineup of films over the period of five Tuesday evenings. A discussion will follow each film. This event is free and open to the campus and the community. For more information contact
Five Tuesdays (see below)
Monte Cristo 101
5:30 to approximately 8:00pm

April 26: Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (Brazil, 2013)
May 3: One Night (Una Noche) (Cuba, 2012)
May 10: Two days, one night (Deux jours, une nuit) (Belgium, 2014)
May 17: The Red Chapel (AKA Kim Jong-Il’s Comedy Club) (Det Røte Kapel) (Denmark/North Korea, 2009)
May 24: Talk to Her (Hable con ella) (Spain, 2002)

Possession Sound Writers presents: Lunch Poems with Rick Barot
Thursday, April 28
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Russell Day Gallery
FREE and OPEN to the general public

   Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received his MFA from the The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Darker Fall, Want and the PEN award-winning Chord.He lives in Tacoma and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.
   About Chord, Publishers Weekly writes, in a starred review: “At his best, Barot seamlessly weaves history, image, and etymology in ways that offer the reader new eyes to see language and the world it describes.... Barot’s poems transfix and transform through his remarkable ability to pack and unpack narratives within the space of an image."
   Barot is a poet of casual profundity and suprising grace. Take a break from your busy work day to hear some amazing poems from one of the region's emerging masters, and celebrate National Poetry Month in style.
   Possession Sound Writers hosts poets and writers every quarter at EvCC and in the greater Everett area. The "Lunch Poems" series is sponsored by the Everett Community College Foundation. We are grateful for their ongoing support.

Special Screening: "The Boys of Terezín" Documentary
Thursday, May 5,
12:20-1:20 in Baker 120

​Classes are welcome and no reservations are necessary.​

The Boys of Terezín takes you inside the infamous concentration camp – seen through the eyes of teenage boys imprisoned there, and remembered through the words they wrote in a clandestine magazine. Meet five remaining survivors, reunited 65 years later at the premiere of an oratorio that gives musical voice to their lost friends’ extraordinary poems. Find the latest information about The Boys of Terezín.

Introduced by Mina Miller, Artistic Director of Music of Remembrance, a non-profit organization dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings, and commissions of new works. MOR is the only independent non-profit organization in the world with this comprehensive mission.  Contact: Joyce S. Walker,

Modern-Day Slavery: Human Trafficking
Thursday, May 19
8:50-9:50AM - Session #1
10:00-11:00AM - Session #2
11:10AM-12:10PM - Session #3
The Humanities Alliance, with the generous support of the Global Education Initiative, brings three outstanding speakers to campus to discuss the modern-day issue of human trafficking. This event is free and open to the campus and the community and classes are welcome. Please attend one, two, or all three sessions.

Session #1 - Speaker: Celia Chessin Yudin
Anti-Trafficking Outreach Coordinator (WARN - Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network)
8:50-9:50 AM

Session #2 - Speaker: Velma Veloria
Activist & former Washington state legislator
10:00-11:00 AM

Session #3 - Speaker: Paula Newman-Skomski
Founder, Peoria Home
11:10-12:10 AM

Peoria Home provides long-term secure housing with an array of support services for women with a history of sex trafficking, prostitution and chemical dependency. Services include therapy, drug & alcohol treatment, medical & dental care, legal services, educational opportunities and job training.

Japanese Anime & Manga Arts Festival (JAMAF 2016)
May 20th & 21st
Jackson Center

Japanese Club and the Nippon Business Institute present the Japanese Anime & Magna Arts Festival (JAMAF 2016). This event is free and open to the public. During the festivities the NBI will showcase its unique curriculum by offering presentations and activities highlighting traditional and popular Japanese culture portrayed in anime and manga. EvCC faculty as well as scholars, artists, and performers from Puget Sound and Japan will present. Visit our website for more programming details. Like our Facebook page to stay up to date about developments: