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CWU Geology's Nick Zentner presents 'Mount Rainier Geology". Topics include the Washington's plate tectonic history, Cascade Range history, and a current inventory of Rainier's volcanic deposits. Record on November 3, 2010 at Raw Space in beautiful downtown Ellensburg, Washington. 133 folks attended the lecture.
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?
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.
Mary Stiner, regents professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, talks about leaving a legacy. She will lecture on Oct. 21, about "Love and Death in the Stone Age" as part of the Downtown Lecture Series. Video courtesy of the College of Behavioral Science at the University of Arizona.
"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.
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.
We are living in a new planetary epoch - the Anthropocene - in which humans are changing the environment at a global scale. Dr. Liverman leads us on an exploration of how our everyday food choices contribute to these changes and are in turn affected by them in an increasingly connected world. How can we ensure food security for all in a world where agriculture competes for land and water with cities, industry, and ecosystems; where climatic or economic upheaval in one corner of the world triggers food price rises in another; and where billions are hungry while others are overfed? This lecture will assess the state and geographies of our food system, tracing trends in environment, food production, trade and consumption, and identifying choices that can promote a more sustainable future for ...
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.
CWU Geology's Nick Zentner presents 'Wenatchee: Ice Age Floods". Topics include the bedrock of the Wenatchee area, and evidence for Ice Age floodwater that crept up the Wenatchee River Valley as far as Leavenworth. Record on June 5, 2013 at Ellensburg City Library's Hal Holmes Center in beautiful downtown Ellensburg, Washington. 205 folks attended the lecture.
This is a movie of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's lecture about his research, filmed at the First Unitarian Church on 12/08/2010 in downtown Portland, Oregon. This research served as the basis for his book, The China Study. His lecture is preceded by two clips describing his new movie, Forks Over Knives, a documentary about the relationship between diet and the occurrence of disease. This lecture was sponsored by NW Veg and was filmed and edited by Henhouse Productions LLC. Please contact henhouseproductions.net for information about permission to download and reproduce this movie.
In time for Halloween, Professor Hogle will explore the surprising evolution of the vampire as an immortal being and why it has has become increasingly popular as both a desirable and an ominous figure. For centuries, the mythic figure of the vampire embodied an evil immortality, bent on sucking life-blood from the living. Incorporated into 19th century Gothic fiction, this figure became symbolic of social and psychological evils, such as (sadly) the threat to "white purity" from the blood of other races, the depravity of the old-world aristocracy (as in Count Dracula), or the feared aggressiveness and greater independence of "liberated" women. But towards the end of the 20th century, the vampire-figure started to become "good" in some fictions and films. What does this recent change say ...
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.
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.
"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 Geology's Nick Zentner presents 'Tsunami In Our Future". Topics include Brian Atwater's coastal evidence for the January 26, 1700 great earthquake and Chris Goldfinger's turbidite evidence in Cascadia's submarine canyons offshore. Record on October 20, 2010 at Raw Space in beautiful downtown Ellensburg, Washington. 109 folks attended the lecture.
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.
Cheri Larson Hoeckley, Professor of English Chris Hoeckley, Director of the Gaede Institute Liz Robertson, Resident Director, Emerson Hall Cynthia Toms, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Global Studies; Moderator February 9, 2017 As globalization connects our lives across borders, the issue of immigration and migration remains a defining topic of our time. However, the many voices shaping the issue in political rhetoric often neglect the most important dimension: humans. As a result, the people whose lives are altered, displaced and even lost as a result of immigration are silenced. Hear from a group of Westmont faculty and staff who attempted to uncover the human stories and faces of immigration during a five-day immersion at the Tucson/Nogales crossing site. They’ll share personal...
Central Washington University geology professor Nick Zentner discusses field evidence for great earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest including buried soils onshore, turbidites offshore, and CWU Geology’s PANGA data from GPS receivers. Filmed at the Hal Holmes Center in downtown Ellensburg, Washington. February 10, 2016.