Edmonds Community College announces 2014 lecture series

Edmonds-CC-logoEdmonds Community College has announced seven presentations for 2014 in its ongoing series of public lectures with thought-provoking and inspirational scholars, artists, activists, and community leaders.

All are free and open to the public. They will be held at the Black Box Theatre on campus.

Here are the speakers:

Eva Abram | 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14

Conversations in the Humanities: “Slavery in the Northwest: The Charles Mitchell Story”

The University of Washington alumna will share the story of one of the few documented cases of slavery in Washington state — which nearly started a war between the U.S. and Canada.

Talib Kweli | 12:30 p.m., Thursday., Jan. 16

Brown Bag Lecture Series: “Hip Hop as a Tool for Social Activism”

For more than 15 years, Talib Kweli has been a force in New York hip-hop, with an expansive international audience. Performing with a unique style and dedication to his music, Kweli has worked with artists as diverse as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Common, The Roots, Norah Jones, and KRS-One. Kweli’s appearance is a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20.

Panel Discussion of the Life and Cells of Henrietta Lacks | 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28

“Science, Society, and Individual Perspectives”

This panel discussion will offer an examination of the dark history behind one of the most important tools in modern medicine, the cells that once belonged to Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951). It will be moderated by Elliott Stern, Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics at Edmonds CC and includes Communication Studies instructor Jasmine Torres-Germack and Paralegal instructor Scott Haddock. The discussion is in advance of the Edmonds CC Community Read event April 23 featuring the bestselling book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Alex Alben | 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11

Conversations in the Humanities: “Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Future”

The former RealNetworks executive and former Washington state congressional candidate writes a guest column on media, technology, and politics for The Seattle Times. “Analog Days” explores the changes brought about by the conversion from analog to digital culture over the past 30 years.

Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple  | 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20

“Living on One”

Ingrasci and Temple’s journey began in 2010 when — along with two other university students — they took two cameras and spent their summer living on $1 a day in a rural Guatemalan village. They released YouTube videos about the experience to help their friends learn alongside them in real time. The videos quickly received more than 700,000 views, inspiring them to complete a feature-length film, “Living on One Dollar.” The film won for Best Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival.

Traciana Graves | 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 4

“Don’t Call Me a B -: Empowerment for Women’s History Month and Every Other Month”

Using song, storytelling, and multimedia activities, Graves — in an event in honor of Women’s History Month — celebrates the unsung heroines who used their voices to create a more tolerant, equal society for people of all backgrounds. Graves, president of Project Bully Free Zone and T-Graves, New York-based bullying prevention and support organizations, says her presentation is a critical and interactive opportunity for all women and men committed to employing social justice and advocacy to creating more equity on campus and in the world at large.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles | 7 p.m., Friday, April 18

Conversations in the Humanities: “Human Trafficking in Washington: From the Historic Mercer Maids to Sexual Exploitation in Internet Ads”

Kohl-Welles, the sponsor of many anti-trafficking bills, will use historical accounts, film, and current events to examine and provide context for what’s being done to intervene and prevent human trafficking. Kohl-Welles received Seattle Against Slavery’s 2010 Lincoln Freedom Award for her legislative efforts.

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