1. Bernard Silbernagel

    C961 02/05/14—02/26/14

    Wednesdays 10:00am—12:00pm $44

    We will trace the evolution of our understanding of the physical world from the time of the ancient astronomers
    to the discovery of the Higgs boson. The remarkably accurate observations of the heavens by ancient
    civilizations and the precise measurement of planetary motions led to Newton’s Universal Theory of
    Gravitation, one of the greatest triumphs of physics. A systematic understanding of thermal properties and
    electricity and magnetism provided the basis for the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th
    centuries. The 20thcentury discoveries about the structure of atoms and nuclei have transformed our technology and our lifestyles. While Einstein’s theory of relativity might seem esoteric, it is used every day in scientific experiments and in space exploration. Although many mysteries remain, we can discuss Black Holes, the Big Bang theory, and our evolving view of the fundamental components of matter. No prior knowledge of physics is required. Dr. Silbernagel is a retired senior scientist from Exxon Mobil Corporate Research Laboratories. He taught physics at UC Santa Barbara, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 4 sessions.

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  2. Kim Kraft
    C879 03/05/14—03/12/14
    Wednesdays 1:00pm—3:00pm $22
    A panel of international students who are attending Edmonds Community College on a scholarship from the US State Department will discuss their experiences in the United States compared to those in their home countries. Discussion may include topics such as: women’s issues, education, marriage and family, religion and politics. This year’s students come from Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa. Students will be selected to participate in the panel based on schedule availability and interest. Charlotte West, the Northwest Community College Initiative Assistant Coordinator and Amanda Fletcher, NWCCI Associate Director will be the designated facilitators. The Northwest Community College Initiative utilizes funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to host young leaders from around the world. NWCCI’s goal is to strengthen other societies by developing capable young professionals who will acquire technical and professional skills, leadership abilities, and an understanding of American society, democracy and culture. Three community colleges in Washington State (Edmonds, Pierce, and Whatcom) host students and provide them with an academic certificate program and cultural activities and workshops designed to introduce them to aspects of US cultures and to provide opportunities to share their culture with the college and local community. 2 sessions.

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  3. C904 09/24/13-10/15/13 Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm Katherine Hanson FBC $44
    What aspects of the Viking ethos did dramatist Henrik Ibsen seek to tap into? What was it about Fridtjof Nansen that caused his countrymen to imagine him as a modern saga hero? And how did the Icelandic sagas lead Helge Ingstad to a Viking settlement in northwest Newfoundland in the middle of the 20th century? In this brief foray, spanning four weeks, we will find answers to these questions in the literature of the Vikings (poems and sagas) and in illuminated lectures. Readings include the two Vinland sagas: Ibsen’s play The Vikings of Helgeland, and The Saga of the Greenlanders. All are available on Amazon.com. Katherine Hanson has taught Scandinavian literature for over 30 years, and is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the UW. 4 sessions.

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  4. C922 09/24/13-10/15/13 Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00pm John Hanford ESC $44
    An introduction to American popular musical traditions, designed to touch on representative works from the past century-and-a-half of American musical history, will provide some basic tools for discussion, critical thought, and appreciation of America’s various musical traditions: folk songs, Tin Pan Alley standards, blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, rock and its myriad substyles, rhythm and blues, disco, and popular “vernacular” music making. Participants are encouraged to bring in CD recordings and/or videos to analyze and discuss with their colleagues. John Hanford holds degrees in both political history and music, having earned his PhD in historical musicology from the UW. 4 sessions.

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  5. C964 09/23/13-10/14/13 Mondays 1:00pm-3:00pm Winston Brill CON $44
    Specifically designed for those with little or no science background, this course uncovers secrets of our biological past which relate to many of society’s challenges. How did a simple cell over billions of years increase its complexity to produce today’s diverse organisms? How did that cell arise from a lifeless Earth leading to humans becoming so creative? How much Neanderthal DNA do you have and why do chickens have genes for teeth? How does evolution relate to cancer and aging? How do evolution, creationism and intelligent design differ? Are we currently in a period of mass extinction? Up-to-date topics will be easy to comprehend through demonstrations and cartoons and with a minimum of jargon. Winston Brill teaches a course, Microbes and Society, at the UW to non-science undergrads. He also teaches short courses for the 50+ crowd through the UW OSHER and Bellevue College TELOS programs. 4 sessions.

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