Spring Quarter 2022

A Sense of Place

Free Presentation/Discussion Series

Spring Quarter 2022: A Sense of Place

April 14: Klint Hull and Chris Tower, "Building a World: Creating Meaningful Settings for Fiction"

In fiction, the setting is not just where the story takes place: Setting is integral to character and plot. ​Chris Tower and Klint Hull discuss elements of setting, such as history, society, and environment, and lead an activity to craft a fictional setting from scratch.

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April 21: Leslie Slape, "The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: The History Behind the Play 'The Harder Courage'" 

When Robert Day moved his family into an abandoned logging shanty along the Lewis River in 1888, he knew it would be a struggle to make a life in the wilderness, but he never expected it would lead to murder. Playwright Leslie Slape explores the facts and events that inspired her historical tragedy “The Harder Courage,” set in 1891-92 in Cowlitz County when Kalama was the county seat.

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April 28: Mark Gaither, "Two Worlds - Three Realities: Teaching from the Other Side of the Planet"

Twice in two years, Mark has successfully taught a full load of courses for an entire quarter from Uganda. He explores the issues related to living and working in time zones separated by an 11 hour time difference and 8,892 miles. He also addresses the realities of living and working from two disparate communities while teaching in an online reality.​

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May 5: Betsy Richard, "Theatre: A Place to See Each Other"

Do we as a community value creativity and imagination as important resources? Join Betsy Richard, LCC Drama Faculty for a collaborative and experiential workshop exploring the safe place that theatre creates to foster the social/emotional connections needed to navigate creativity in any learning environment.

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May 12: Adam Wolfer, "Big Sky Country: The Montana Stories of Ivan Doig and Norman Maclean"

Ivan Doig and Norman Maclean are award-winning authors who wrote of the Montana regions they loved.  The presenter grew up in the Rocky Mountain region of Maclean and shared the Two Medicine Country with his large family. Hear how the writers' works share the beauty of the regions and the families that settled there.

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May 19: Allison McCrady, "In Search of a Safe Place: Refugees, Asylum-seekers, and Internally Displaced Persons"

We’ve all heard the stories of millions of people fleeing the violence in Syria and Ukraine. What do the various terms used to describe these groups really mean, and why does it matter? Drawing on her study in the field of international community development, LCC Adjunct Allison McCrady will discuss how legal definitions impact the kind of help vulnerable populations receive as they seek a safe place for themselves and their families.

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May 26: Lucas Myers, "Why We Call it Home"​

Ever wonder what makes a place your HOME? Why do we struggle to sleep away from it? Why do we struggle to defecate on vacation? Come learn why our body prefers our home and how this preference makes certain tasks in our lives difficult when we don't have a home or are away from it.

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June 2: Michael Strayer and Ann Williamson, "Making your way in the world today Takes everything you've got!"

Do you yearn for a place where 'everybody knows your name'? (Hat tip to songwriters Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo.) Where the barista knows your favorite beverage without you saying a word? A place where ideas are exchanged, and relationships are built? Come explore the critical role that “third places” can play in strengthening our sense of community and self.

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Join the Conversation!

We'll examine a new topic each quarter.

Attend our events in person in HSB 101 at 11:30am on Thursdays (social distancing required).  Or join via Zoom by clicking on the link provided to view the presentation.  Learn more about using Zoom

Attendance is free and open to the public.





Thursdays, 11:30am-12:20pm


To arrange accommodation for a disability, please contact Disability Support Services at disability@lowercolumbia.edu or 360-442-2341.

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About Community Conversations

Community Conversations discussion series examines a current topic each quarter during the academic year (fall, winter, spring). Attendance is open to the public. There is no charge to attend. Presenters are LCC faculty and local community and business representatives.

Students may receive credit by enrolling in Humanities 106 (Community Conversations).

Contact Community Conversations

  Courtney Shah/Social Science Instructor

   (360) 442 - 2678

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To arrange accommodation for a disablity call (360) 442 - 2341

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