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Fall Quarter 2021

Across the Lifespan

Free Presentation/Discussion Series

Fall Quarter 2021: Across the Lifespan

September 30: Grow Up, America: How we define adulthood

Presented by Courtney Shah

When does someone become an adult? Has it changed over time? We examine the legal, social, economic, and political ideas of adulthood in American history.

Watch the presentation recording here.

October 7: The Impact of Attachment on infant and Toddler Development

Presented by Kristine Langley and Michelle Strozyk

Kristine and Michelle will explore the quality of parent child attachment and how it impacts a child’s map of the world and, ultimately, their resilience. We will discuss how a child’s inner map may be redrawn and the implications for our communities and services to children.

Attend in person or watch live via Zoom.

Watch the presentation recording here.

October 14: 25 Going on 5: Why Adult Children Still Need Their Parents

Presented by Allison McCrady

Drawing on research in the field of international community development as well as years of personal experience as a mom, I'll look at the process of re-defining our role as parents when our kids are all grown up, and how the principle of "co-powerment" can help us help them.

Attend in person or watch live via Zoom

Watch the presentation recording here. 

October 21: Estate Planning and Guardianship: Basics You Should Know

Presented by Anita Quirk

What is your estate? Who should have an estate plan? What is a guardianship? We will explore the answers to these and other questions important for you and your estate, no matter your age.

Attend in person or watch live via Zoom

Watch the presentation recording here. 

October 28: Live Long and Prosper

Presented by Annette Ward

Are you thinking about the Golden Years?  And wondering whether it will be a special time for fun and family OR the name of the nursing home in which you will be confined.  Learn strategies you can employ now to retain (or regain) your health, so you will thrive physically, mentally and emotionally throughout your lifespan.

Attend in person or watch live via Zoom

Watch the presentation recording here.

November 4: Their Bun, My Oven: A Journey through Surrogacy

Presented by the Shiree Bent

There are many routes to creating a family. Join us as we talk about the in(ies) and out(ies) of one such path: surrogacy.

Attend in person or watch live via Zoom

Watch the presentation recording here.

November 18: End of Life Matters: Hospice and Palliative Care

Presented by Karen Joiner

What are the choices when cure is not longer likely? How do I ensure comfort for myself or my loved ones? Palliative and hospice care similarities and differences, and their role in comfort and health, will be shared in this session.

Attend in person or watch live via Zoom

Watch the presentation recording here.

December 2: The Tremendous, Terrific and Terrifying Teen Brain

Presented by Michael Strayer

From about the ages of 11 to 25 the brain is exploding with growth and development, making billions of new cell connections while also eliminating other unused connections. This process makes teens capable of remarkable.

Attend in person or watch live via Zoom

Join the Conversation!

We'll examine a new topic each quarter.

Attend our events in person in HSB 101 at 12 noon on Thursdays (masks and 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.




Note: no speakers on November 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov 25 (Thanksgiving)


LCC Health & Science Building, Laufman Lecture Hall, Room 101


To arrange accommodation for a disability, please contact Disability Support Services at 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

Need Disability Accommodation?

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

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