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).

Fall Quarter 2023 Community Conversations

Our "The Pacific Northwest" series will begin September 28, 2023.

All events are located on campus in LCC HSB 101
Thursdays, 11:30am-12:20pm AND available to watch on Zoom (Learn more about using Zoom)
Attendance is free and open to the public.

View this quarter's conversation schedule below


Fall Quarter 2023

NOTICE: Community Conversations will be on hold for Winter 2024. Continue to follow us for Spring 2024 Conversations. 

September 28, 2023

Presenter: Adam Wolfer


Journey of Discovery: A Literary Exploration of the Northwest


T​he presenter has lived the vast majority of his life along the Lewis and Clark Trail and has been fascinated with the area explored by the Corps of Discovery. The presentation will examine literature that takes place in the areas traversed by the Corps and examines the lives of the people that have lived there from the 1840’s to modern times. Works by Northwest authors such as A. B. Guthrie, Sherman Alexie, James Welch and others are explored.

October 5, 2023

Presenter: Danielle Robbins

An Introduction to the History of Longview


The Cowlitz County Historical Museum presents: "An Introduction to the History of Longview" with Education Coordinator Danielle Robbins. Don't know much about Longview's history and looking for a good place to start? Learn a little about Longview's beginnings and some of its most prominent landmarks in this peek into the city's founding.

October 12, 2023

Presenter: Ron Holcomb

Constant Chaos: The Daily Battle to Protect the Environment

Hear how environmental disasters, large and small, are managed in Washington.

October 19, 2023

Presenter: Chris Towers

Red Paint: A Conversation with Sasha LaPointe

Chris Tower will be speaking with Coast Salish author, poet, and artist Sasha LaPointe. Brought to us in conjunction with Northwest Voices.

Join the Northwest Voices workshop event with Sasha LaPointe at 12:45pm in HSB 101 following this conversation. See full NW voices event details at Northwest Voices Authors (

October 26, 2023

Presenter: Mark Gaither

Northwest Pioneer Family

Follow the 3 generations of the Gaither family as they relocated from Indiana to Washington Territory after the Civil War.

November 2, 2023

Presenter: Tanna Engdahl

Cowlitz Tribe: The Forever People

Villages with Salish and Sahaptin-speaking populations dotted southwest Washington rivers including the Columbia River for centuries. With four stronghold areas, their territories were vast: mountains, prairies, rivers, and wetlands.  The people eventually became known as Cowlitz, a modern adaptation deriving from numerous spelling attempts. Their place in history has been mercurial as one of the most persecuted, resilient, and emergent of Washington Tribes.

November 9, 2023

Presenter: Chris Tower

You're Wrong About: A Conversation with Sarah Marshall

Chris Tower will be speaking with Portland writer, podcaster, and media critic Sarah Marshall. Brought to us in conjunction with Northwest Voices.

November 16, 2023

Presenter: Elena Boleyn-Ross

Northwest Adventures

Discover local trails and waterways for your next outdoor experience. Outing ideas include local hiking, running and walking trails, as well as kayaking and paddle boarding locations, with a thorough overview of each venture.




To arrange accommodation for a disability, please contact Disability and Access Services at or 360-442-2341.

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Contact Community Conversations

  Courtney Shah/Social Science Instructor

   (360) 442 - 2678

Need Disability Accommodation?

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