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Spring Quarter 2021

Race in America and Beyond

Free Virtual Presentation/Discussion Series

Spring Quarter 2021: Race in America and Beyond

April 15: Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society

Presented by Anu Taranath (Humanities Washington speaker)

Hair is simply a collection of protein filaments that sprout from our scalp, yet it carries great meaning for us and our society.

From twists and tapers to braids and buns, what’s on top of our head and how it is received by others often reflects society’s standards of beauty and desirability. Using song, video, poetry, and imagery, this interactive presentation encourages us to examine our cultural conceptions of gender, class, and race. Why, for example, is one kind of hair or hair style understood as “better” than another? Who says so? What are the consequences of sporting an unruly doo, and how has that changed over the years?

Join professor Anu Taranath to untangle the meaning of hair, and better understand the stories we tell about beauty, bias, and belonging.

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April 22: Fighting Exclusion and Perpetual Foreignism: Asian Pacific Americans and Civil Rights

Presented by Roy Vu (North Lake College, TX)

Dr. Roy Vu's presentation covers a brief history of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) and their struggles for civil rights, equality and social justice in the United States.  Consequently, APA freedom fighters live the "American Dream" by challenging and transforming our country to be a more inclusive and perfect union.

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April 29: Cowlitz Tribe: The Forever People

Presented by Tanna Engdahl (Cowlitz Elder)

Join Cowlitz Elder and Spiritual Leader Tanna Engdahl as she shares the history of the Cowlitz Tribe, including how history touched the Cowlitz people from precontact to the modern tribe.

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May 6: The Anthropology of Race

Presented by Trey Batey

Our modern concept of race---that humans exist in discrete groups identified by physical traits---is a relatively recent idea.  The field of anthropology has played a central role in the development and maintenance of this illusion.  More recently, anthropological research has largely rebutted this perspective by illustrating that race is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of human variation.  Please join this conversation on the past, present, and future of the anthropology of race.

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May 13: And Justice for All. Really?

Presented by Anita Quirk

We have all heard the phrase "and justice for all." In reality, does this hold true for everyone?  Where does the issue of racism fit within this reality? Come see and hear some information that may change your perception of how justice has been and is being applied to persons in our society.  

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May 20: Implicit Bias

Presented by the Kent Chamber of Commerce

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May 27: Race in a Global Perspective

Presented by Angie & Mark Agaba-Gaither and Dana & Brian Cummings

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June 3: How to [Not] Become a Racist

Presented by Michael Strayer

Racism is only one of many expressions of our evolved capacity to live and work in groups, and the human tendency to identify with an “us” in comparison to those who are different, “them.”  Are we born to hate, or is it learned?  Yes!  An examination of the biological, psychological and sociological origins of racism and strategies to understand and combat it.

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Join the Conversation!

We'll examine a new topic each quarter.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will hold the Community Conversations virtually through Zoom. On the day of the event, click on the link provided to view the presentation. Learn more about using Zoom

Attendance is free and open to the public.

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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