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Winter Quarter 2021

Get the Message

Free Virtual Presentation/Discussion Series

Winter Quarter 2021: Get the Message

January 14: Fundamentals for Successful Communication

Presented by Stefanie Gilberti

Communication is an essential practice for daily functions. It’s a complex process that fulfills instrumental goals, social needs, identity development and management, and contributes to our physical well-being. During a pandemic, when face-to-face interactions are limited, what can we do to ensure a successful exchange of ideas? How do we make sure we “get the message” and stay connected? Let’s find out!

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January 21: Alexa, is that you?

Presented by David Rosi

Is that a person on the other side of the conversation? David Rosi takes a look at technology and communication. 

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January 28: Tell it Slant: Getting the News from Poetry

Presented by Abbie Leavens

What individual, societal, and universal Truth can teach us about our world and the experiences of those who inhabit it. 

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February 4: The Puritans and MeToo: Gossip, Scandal, and the Memory of Early America

Presented by Melissa Johnson

The puritans and Pilgrims are often remembered as uptight and stodgy, but a series of sex scandals involving ministers during the seventeenth century shows that the conventional images of both the male authorities and of women in early America need reconsideration. These scandals are remarkable not just for their salacious details and stereotype-busting narratives, but also because the stories became public through the words of women. Looking back from the twenty-first century, when gossip about famous men's sexual wrongdoing has repeatedly become front-page news, I ask why these stories about Puritan indiscretions are not more widely known and what lessons we can learn about gossip as a form of communication from interrogating both the puritans and their historians.

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February 11: Cultural Hegemony and Manufacturing Consent

Presented by Trey Batey

In human societies, social control is accomplished by various means. Coercion by force is one such method. In the absence of force, though, how do power structures in complex societies maintain social control? One solution is a population's accepting the dominant cultural ideology as natural and inevitable---what social theorists call cultural hegemony. A primary institutional tool used to "manufacture consent" and acceptance of the status quo is the media. "It is what it is," but, does it have​to be that way?  Let's find out.

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February 18: Theater for Social Justice

Presented by Betsy Richard

How do we use Applied Theater in community-based education as a tool for social change?

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February 25: Virtual Telephone: Truth and Rumors at our Fingertips

Presented by Ian King & Lindsay Keevy

Misleading and false information is created with the intent to bait and mislead us, and when we click “share” we are not only contributing to its wildfire-like spread but often we are also putting money in the creator’s pocket. Join LCC’s faculty librarians to learn how to critically consume the information we encounter on a daily basis. Together we'll examine some popular false or misleading news and social media items to see how we can improve our evaluation and critical thinking.​

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March 4: That is Science: Communication and Miscommunication of Science Ideas

Presented by Adam Wolfer

Science is an important way of looking at and understanding our world. Science helps us understand how the world works, but is often confusing to many. This presentation explores what makes science different, how we share science concepts, and what happens with contentious science (or when science is ignored).

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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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