Humanities Calendar - Spring Quarter

Spring Quarter 2015

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

Tuesday Travelogues
12:20-1:20pm (check locations below)
April 7: The Acadians of New Brunswick & Nova Scotia: from an anthropologist's perspective
     JKC 107; Presenter: Isabelle Miller
April 14: Into the Woods!: seven short, spectacular day-hikes for beginners
     WHI 105; Presenter: Jeanne Leader
April 21: The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
     WHI 105; Presenter: Peg Balachowski
April 28: Vietnam
     JKC 107; Presenter: Stephanie Doyle
May 5: Belize & Tikal
     JKC 107; Presenter: Ariana Stafford
May 12: Exploring India: Kakelao, Orccha, Khajuraho & Varanasi
     WHI 105; Presenter: Susan Wilson
May 19: Poland
     JKC 107; Presenters: David Thompson and Mattie Davis-Wolfe
June 2: Nepal
     JKC 107; Presenter: David Walker

The STEM & Humanities Café (series repeated from Winter 2015)
All events are scheduled for Tuesdays, from 10:00-11:00 am. Please note that the rooms vary.

Tuesday, April 7 – GWH 276
Cynthia Clarke, Anthropology
"FIRE! (Biology-Environment-Culture)"

Tuesday, April 14 – WHI 105
Dr. Fayla Schwartz. Biology
"Genetics & Aesthetics: Artificial Selection, Eugenics, & Gene Therapy"

Tuesday, April 21 -- WHI 105
Dr. Charles Fischer, English
"Frankenstein: The Dark Side of STEM."
How the marriage of technology and capital devastated labor and undermined basic human rights.

Tuesday, April 28 – Ceramics Studio, WHI 287
Thom Lee (Art) & Mike Story (Mathematics)
Place: Ceramics Studio in Whitehorse Hall
"Surfaces of Revolution: Mathematics Meets the Potter’s Wheel"
Note: Because this event will be held in the ceramics studio, space is limited and we can’t accommodate whole classes. If you would like to attend please contact to sign up in advance.

Tuesday, May 5 – WHI 105
Mike VanQuickenborne, Philosophy
"Science Is Not Our Friend: Why the Good Life Needs the Humanities"
While we should be friends with scientists, science itself should not be seen as our friend or (more dramatically) our savior. In order to achieve the good life, we need to have a rich immersion in the humanities. Despite the seeming irony, I plan to use some of the latest social scientific research in conjunction with philosophical reasoning to establish that the humanities, not STEM disciplines, ought to take precedence in education.

Tuesday, May 12 – WHI 105
Dr. Andrew Vanture, Physics & Astronomy
"Visions of Mars: SciFi and Science"

Tuesday, May 19 – JKC 106
Alyson Indrunas, Director of eLearning
"Book Nerd, Meet Tech Geek: How Open Educational Resources (OER) and Educational Technology Support the Liberal Arts"
How did a book nerd become a tech geek? In my work as the Director of eLearning, people are often surprised to learn that my background is in English Studies. If you are interested in #EdTech, #LiberalArts, and/or the #OER movement, bring your cell phone to this interactive talk. Audience members will be encouraged to live tweet to help the speaker with her research. #HumTalk15

Tuesday, May 26 – JKC 106
Dr. Steven Horn , Political Science
"In Defense of the ‘Grid’"

Mass Media Speaker Series
Once monthly, starting February 11th – May 27th at 12:30 pm
Whitehorse Hall Critique Space

Join EvCC’s award-winning student news-gathering organization, The Clipper, for a monthly speaker series exploring the history and current development of several types of popular mass media. The series begins February 11th with a new talk from Alex Alben, “Privacy and Personality in the Digital Age” followed by the following speakers:

Wednesday, March 11:
T. Andrew Wahl, “Sequential Reaction: A History of the American Comic Book”
Wednesday, April 29:
Eric Davis, “Rap 101: The Message Behind the Music”
Wednesday, May 27:
Jennifer K. Stuller, “Using Their Powers for Good: How Geektivists, Geek Grrls, and Gaymers Are Creating More Inclusive Communities”.

Funded by Humanities Washington and the EvCC Foundation, this event is free and open to the public. Contact: Andrew Wahl at 425-388-9419 or

Holocaust Survivor Forums
The campus and the community are invited to join the Humanities 150D Class for the 2015 Holocaust Survivor Forum Series during Spring Quarter 2015: 12:20-1:20 in WHI 105 101 on the following four Wednesdays.  This year's speakers include:
April 15:  Henry F.
April 29:  Pete M.
May 13:  Robert H.
May 27:  Eva C. (new location: BAK 120)

Forum speakers are provided by the Holocaust Center for Humanity  in Seattle.

Documentary Film: The Boys of Terezín
April 27, 12:20-1:20pm, BAK 120
The Humanities Alliance, with the generous support of the Global Education Initiative, presents a screening of the documentary film, “Boys of
Terezín.” Introduced by Mina Miller, Artistic Director of Music of Remembrance, this film looks at the powerful story of the courageous
and creative resistance of some young prisoners who secretly published a literary journal in Terezín Concentration Camp during the Holocaust.

April Poetry Month Read-In
April 29, 1:30-3:30pm, Russell Day Gallery, Parks Building
Possession Sound Writers invites you to celebrate poetry with a reading by EvCC poets Carla Shafer, Kathryn Johnson, Bethany Reid, Chayuda Overby and more, who will read their latest works. Three of these poets are published in Crosscurrents (the Washington Community Colleges Humanities Assn.) among others. Host and poet/instructor: Kevin Craft.  This event, which is free and open to the campus and the community, includes international poets reading in Filipino and Chinese (and maybe more languages).

8th Annual Passport to Culture & 2nd Annual Bali Bazaar
May 18,  10:00am- 2:00pm
JKC 101
Enjoy music and diverse cultures as well as  the chance to win prizes while you’re given the opportunity to interact with and celebrate our international students and cultural diversity at EvCC.  Also, save your money for the  2nd Annual Bali Bazaar Event, coming back right across the hall. This Bazaar offers unique gifts from the island of Bali in Indonesia.  Sponsored by the Anthropology Club and Partners for Global Education.
Contact Cynthia Clarke,,  (425) 388-9382

Real Talk Wednesdays
Every Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm
GWH 168

Diversity & Equity Center’s Real Talk Wednesday is an open forum in which students, staff, community members, and faculty can host meaningful and courageous conversations in order to create community and educate the campus on social justice issues, current events, trends, controversies, and most importantly topics that matter to you. Contact Abraham Rodriguez-Hernandez at or 425-388-9997

Study Abroad Club
Every other Friday (starting Oct 31st) at 12:30-1:30pm
PSU (Paperclip, Club Room)

This club offers the opportunity for EvCC students to learn about Study Abroad opportunities by meeting with faculty, coordinating trips, and learning how to raise funds. Contact Cynthia Clarke at or 425 388-9382