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).

Winter Quarter events begin January 12, 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


Winter Quarter 2023  |  Books that move us

Whether it is mind expanding or guilty pleasures, reading can bring us excitement, information, joy, and community. Our series includes discussion of literary giants, popular fiction, and how reading brings us together.

January 12th, 2023

Presenter: Ashley Cahill

Harry Potter, Harvard, and the Secrets to a more fulfilling life

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The Harry Potter novels are the best-selling book series in history. Have you ever wondered why? Come unlock the magic the series hides and look even deeper at how the stories set the stage for what research shows can lead to a more fulfilling life.

January 19th, 2023

Presenter: Becky Connolly

Laughter & Literature: Not your Mother's Book club!

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What do you get when you bring together five teachers who love to read but don’t want to do homework? We got book club meetings filled with lots of laughter, interesting literary discussions, and intergenerational life lessons. The bonus? We don’t have to feel the least bit embarrassed about our guilty pleasure of reading!

January 26th, 2023

Presenter: Hiedi Bauer

That's Wild: Dark Magic on the Pacific Crest Trail

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February 2nd, 2023

Presenter: Chris Tower

CANCELED (This event will be rescheduled at a later date)

"I like to read banned books"

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“Protect the children,” they cry, “save us all from profanity, violence, obscenity, and dangerous ideas!” Chris Tower examines graphic novels, prose novels, and other banned publications; the given reasons for the censorship; the underlying, “real” reasons for the bans; and what it means to be “banned” in the United States now and then.

February 9th, 2023

Presenter: Hilary Walther

Enchanted by Romance Novels

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How Novelists and Instagram are Promoting Literature's Greatest Guilty Pleasure, the Romance Novel.

February 16th, 2023

Presenter: Adam Wolfer and Mavourneen Rister

Distracted by Monsters: The Storytelling Genius of Stephen King

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February 23rd, 2023

Presenter: Alexis Khoury

Telling it slant

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A look into the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

March 2nd, 2023

Presenter: Fighting Smelt

A guilty pleasure literature debate

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Can "trashy" books be considered good literature? The award-winning LCC Fighting Smelt debate team presents affirmative and negative arguments in this exhibition debate.

March 9th, 2023

Presenter: Alan Rose

How books transform us

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In the personal odysseys that are our lives, books can serve as signposts, reflecting the people we once were, who we are now, and who we may yet become.

This quarter's community conversations is sponsored by a grant from Humanities Washington

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  Courtney Shah/Social Science Instructor

   (360) 442 - 2678

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