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CWU Geology's Nick Zentner presents 'Mount Stuart: A Closer Look". Topics include the granite of Mount Stuart, Washington's Exotic Terranes, and the Baja-BC controversy regarding the origin of Mount Stuart. Record on October 13, 2010 at Raw Space in beautiful downtown Ellensburg, Washington. 115 folks attended the lecture.
In a world which is increasingly under surveillance and digital control, an enormous amount of data gets collected. This “Big Data” isn’t just a benign repository of information, however. It becomes the basis for making decisions and monitoring and assessing individuals and groups. People with agendas choose which data is worth saving, which colors the pictures they subsequently form about our world. In this talk, Professor Patterson will walk through several examples of ways of thinking about surveillance and control. He’ll present ways in which people on the cutting edge of technology have responded to protest and protect their privacy and yet practically still participate in the modern world. Finally, he’ll discuss when, if ever, it’s OK to lie to the databases that are trying to form a...
Many people imagine heaven as a spectacularly beautiful place somewhere “up there” where God resides and where loved ones are finally and eternally united. How did the hope for a blessed afterlife arise and evolve in Western religions? Why did the hope for a heavenly afterlife become so powerful? And what do our images of the afterlife reveal about our deepest fears and highest hopes as humans today? In this lecture, Professor Wright will address these and other questions related to the power of afterlife beliefs and images of heaven. He will also explore possibilities for future images of the afterlife in light of recent advances in technology and modern science.
CWU Geology's Nick Zentner presents 'Kittitas Valley Geology". Topics include local bedrock layers exposed in central Washington, the Yakima Fold Belt, and recent Ellensburg Formation deposits in Kittitas Valley. Record on November 17, 2010 at Raw Space in beautiful downtown Ellensburg, Washington. 157 folks attended the lecture.
"Wired for Love: The Importance of Early Attachment" Are early relational experiences really that important to the development of a person? Do the bonds we form in childhood make a difference in later intimate relationships such as our marriages? Beginning with animal studies conducted in the 1950s, Gurney presents classic and revolutionary research in the field of attachment and child development and discuss the development of children’s Internal Working Model (IWM). As a practicing clinical psychologist, Gurney will discusses the four different attachment styles and the ways they affect relationships in childhood and adulthood. She also considers the impact of parenting practices on the emotional world of children.
What happens to us after we die? The ancient philosopher Plato claims that our soul is immortal and after death, undergoes reward or punishment, followed by reincarnation. Another ancient philosopher, Epicurus, argues that our soul disperses at death, extinguishing our consciousness. Yet neither philosopher thinks that death is to be feared, and both argue that understanding death gives us reason to live a philosophical life in the present. Philosophy professor Rachana Kamtekar explains how Plato and Epicurus came to such similar conclusions from very different starting points and explores the relevance of their views for us today.
This presentation will highlight why Tucson has been nominated to become the first UNESCO-recognized Global City of Gastronomy in North America, and why it has become a nursery grounds for rediversifying the American diet as means to provide farmers with better livelihoods, celebrate our multi-cultural food heritage, and combat obesity and diabetes.
What lessons can we learn about food and foodways from the Roman Empire? A surprising amount. The Roman Empire encompassed some 50-60 million people, transforming the lives of its conquered populations. Wheat, olive oil, wine, and fish paste were mass-produced and transported thousands of miles, undercutting local food traditions. Agribusiness and monoculture supplanted independent farmers. Crops were harvested unsustainably. But at the same time many people benefited from greater food security than ever before. Who were the winners and losers in this, the first globalized food system?
Every loop in our social fabric involves food. When a friend passes or a baby is born, we gift the family with food. We gather to celebrate, reflect, and worship with food: wings on Super Bowl Sunday, birthday cake, Thanksgiving turkey, pozole de trigo for the Día de San Ysidro, Challah bread for the Sabbath. Even our everyday meals – how we prepare, serve and consume them – tell a story of who we are.
"Gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, organic, whole, raw, grass-fed, pro-biotic, non-GMO, no-carb, low-carb, slow-carb, Atkins, Paleo, Mediterranean. With so many diets and options for selecting food, the best choices for our health are unclear and only seem to get more complicated.
"Breaking All the Rules: Making Sense of the 2016 Presidential Election" The 2016 race for the White House has been unprecedented with one surprise after another. Join Professor Knecht as we try to make sense of the nominations of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and predict what might happen in November. We will look at how candidates use various campaign strategies to make their way to the White House and consider why those strategies usually don’t matter that much. Indeed, Professor Knecht will argue that the things people tend to focus on—campaign ads, debates, media coverage, issue positions, gaffs, hair— usually have little effect on who becomes the next president.
Professor Shaun Nichols and his research team spent months exploring attitudes towards death among Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists in India. His exploration was prompted by the philosophical argument that we should not fear the idea of death because there is no enduring self that remains exactly the same even during biological life. At most we (our selves) are a collection of values, convictions, and memories undergoing constant change. From this perspective, the future “you" who dies will not be the same person as “you" today. Because Tibetan Buddhists embrace the concept that there is no enduring self throughout biological life, they should be less afraid of death at the end of biological life. But are they? His findings may surprise you.
CWU Geologys Nick Zentner presents Floods of Lava and Water. Topics include the Washingtons Columbia River Basalts (Lava) and Ice Age Floods (Water). CWU Geologys Nick Zentner presents Wenatchee: Ice Age Floods. Topics include the bedrock of the Wenatchee area, and evidence for Ice Age floodwater . Central Washington University geology professor Nick Zentner discusses new research on the Columbia River Basalts. Lecture includes comparisons to flood .
"Celebrating Shakespeare@400 in Santa Barbara" In November 2016, Santa Barbara will play host to a series of performances by an international coalition of theatres and arts organizations, all celebrating the remarkable life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. Westmont Professors John Blondell and Mitchell Thomas offer reflections on the lasting legacy of Shakespeare that endures into the 21st century and share sneak peeks into the creative programming of the celebration, including work by Shakespeare’s Globe, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the National Theatre of Macedonia, the Lit Moon Theatre Company, and Westmont.
Rachana Kamtekar, Associate Professor of Philosophy, talks about leaving a legacy. She will speak about "Two Ancient Philosophers on Why Death is No Evil" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, as part of the Downtown Lecture Series on immortality. Video courtesy of the College of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona.
"Violence in the Holy Land Then and Now" Two religious studies professors will reflect on domestic violence and wars of conquest in the Bible and in the contemporary Middle East, drawing on their work and experiences there. Bruce Fisk has visited the Middle East dozens of times, exploring the area and doing research. The author of “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground,” he has led six student programs in the region in the last 10 years. Caryn Reeder lived in Jerusalem from 1999-2001 and led a student program in the Middle East in 2012. She spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the West Bank in 2013-2014, teaching at a Palestinian university and conducting research. Her work examined women, chil- dren and war in biblical and classical antiquity.