"Veteran's Issues: Hollywood and the Homefront"
5/4/2016 - 6/1/2016
All class sessions at EdCC Gateway Building Room 352. What happens when Hollywood turns its attention from war to the warrior and focuses on the lasting effects of armed conflict on veterans and their families? Examine the role of the media in shaping public perception of veterans, and how the depiction of veterans in movies has changed over time. We will view “The Best Years of Our Lives” and examine the issues presented in the film in their historical context, as well as in comparison to issues veterans face today. The final session will feature a panel discussion with veterans from different periods, presenting a multi-generational view of how veterans’ issues and public perceptions have changed over time. Chris Szarek served in the US Navy for 20 years as a Seabee, retiring in 2009. After retirement, Chris earned a BA in communications and an MBA from UW. He currently serves as the director of the Veterans Resource Center at Edmonds Community College. No class May 25th. 4 sessions
No Class 5/25/2016.# vimeo.com/156424196 Uploaded
"Smile, Wince, Learn: What Political Cartoons Say and How
5/4/2016 - 5/25/2016
All class sessions at EdCC Gateway Building Room 352. Explore what political cartoonists communicate to us about current events through their drawings and captions. An examination of contemporary and historical examples reflecting different political perspectives will help participants see and find the cartoons messages, identify the cartoonists’ visual and verbal devices for making us laugh and/or think, consider how, and how much, cartoons influence us, and explore whether cartoons tell the truth. We will discuss the ethics and fairness of political cartooning. Is anything off limits or should be? Course requirement: participants bring their sense of humor, an open mind, and two political cartoons a week from any sources. Aspiring cartoonists are welcome, but no drawing skill is necessary. Dr. Michael Knapp is a retired professor of educational leadership and policy studies from the UW, who has appreciated and learned from political cartoons across his entire lifetime.# vimeo.com/156424293 Uploaded
Nuclear Energy: Myths, Facts, and Future, Todd Cloutier
Should we view nuclear power plants as energy sources for the future? The central argument of “Pandora’s Promise,” a 2013 documentary film, is that nuclear power is a relatively safe and clean energy source that can help mitigate the serious problem of global warming. We will view the film and explore the questions it raises: is fear of nuclear power justified based on facts? What were the failings of the nuclear power industry in the past? What were the dangers and how do they compare with other energy generation sources? Join the class as we consider different nuclear technology options and their associated power generation, waste cycles and radiation levels. Todd Cloutier is a former US Navy Submarine Officer with 24 years of experience in nuclear power. He is certified as a nuclear propulsion plant engineer, served as an instructor for nuclear propulsion and radiation health courses, and operated nuclear plants on submarines worldwide, from initial startup to complete shutdown. Now retired from the US Navy, he is technical director for Mission Planning Systems at Monterey Technologies, Inc., producing software for planning of military operations, emergency management and response. He is president of Sustainable Edmonds, a community non-profit dedicated to taking local actions to address global challenges posed by climate change. 2 sessions.# vimeo.com/145653300 Uploaded
iPad Basics Chris Altwegg
Do you wish that you could use your iPad more efficiently and effectively? If you are like many users, you know a few basics and realize that there are many more things you could be doing. This class will cover the Apple web browser called Safari, as well as getting and sending email, editing and enjoying photos, reading books and magazines, watching videos and playing games. Explore all the basic settings and utilities, learn about security, the iCloud, and how to download photos to and from your computer and iPhone. Finally we will look at some third party apps that are particularly useful. This class is hands-on, so bring your iPad and your questions. Chris Altwegg maintains a website called “The iPad iPhone Guru.” He has been teaching iPhone and iPad classes for the past two years and has used Apple computers and products for over 30 years. Although he is an enthusiastic Apple fan, he is also a critical thinker who will give you straight answers and opinions. His career in advertising, marketing and printing has given him an understanding of the best ways to communicate ideas to people. Chris says, “I’m patient, I don’t use jargon, and I’m not satisfied until I see the light of understanding in your eyes!” 3 sessions.# vimeo.com/145653012 Uploaded
What is the framework and thinking behind global trade? Topics to examine include the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership and fast-track authority; World Trade Organization; Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) and what it really means; North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other free trade areas; the role of reciprocity; protectionist illusions; and why both Abraham Lincoln and Louis XIV were wrong. We live in an imperfect world! Bill Spruce retired from the US Foreign Service after postings on three continents, specializing in trade negotiations and economic issues. He earned degrees in business and economics from American University and University of Texas at San Antonio, where he was an instructor for twenty years. 2 sessions.# vimeo.com/145313942 Uploaded
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