Free Summer Lectures at the Commons 


Monday, June 16, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, June 17, 10am-12pm



Lake Forest Park Town Centre
3rd Place Commons
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington 98113




Ron Carnell


Kick off summer with two mornings of free topical lectures, beginning Monday, June 16. Perspectives on international politics, marriage, and the early development of racism as entertainment are all scheduled for Monday. Tuesday, begins your day with discussions on poetry, and preparing today's students as global citizens.


Monday, 6/16


U.S. Changing Role in the World 
9-9:50am - Larry Fuell


Are we witnessing a return to power politics, something akin to the Cold War? Has geopolitics returned with a vengeance as some critics of current U.S. foreign policy argue? A discussion of recent international developments and America's response.


Bio: Larry is the founding Director of the Global Affairs Center (GAC), a Shoreline hub for student success and community engagement. The GAC sponsors the highly popular evening Symposium series, which explores global themes, as well as the daytime Global Eyes brownbag discussions of international travel, service and research of students, faculty, staff, and members of the Community. The GAC also sponsored the Great Discussions program each spring, workshops, and visits to campus by national and international guests.


The Meaning of Marriage
10-10:50am - Rachel David

Is marriage still relevant? What role does it serve? Why are rates of marriage declining as some people fight for the right to get married? This talk will outline current attitudes towards marriage and speculate about the future of the institution.


Bio: Rachel David has a BA in Sociology from U.C. Berkeley and a JD from the University of Washington. Rachel has been teaching Gender and Women's Studies at Shoreline Community College for the past 15 years. She is particularly intrigued by issues of gender, power and communication in intimate relationships.


Racial Satire in Post-Reconstruction Era Lithographs 
11-11:50am - Melanie Hernandez

This presentation looks at the ways that print media—comedy, in particular—attempted to recuperate white social capital at the end of the nineteenth century through grotesque and violent representations of blackness masquerading as lighthearted fare.


Bio: Melanie Hernandez received her doctorate from the department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. Melanie's research on nineteenth and early-twentieth century "passing" narratives and visual epistemologies of race takes a comparative ethnic studies approach. She tracks Mexican-American racial formations since the U.S.-Mexican War against the black-white color line, and uses an African-American critical framework to critique exclusionary Chicano authenticity politics discourses. Melanie's most recent research explores visual affect through children's literature and picture books as sites of violent and resistant cultural production. Melanie is a recent visual culture Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, a Simpson Center Fellow in Public Scholarship at the UW, and a volunteer instructor for University Beyond Bars, where she teaches Composition at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, WA.

Tuesday, 6/17


How Poetry Works 
10-10:50am - Davis Oldham

This is a talk on how poetry works, with an emphasis on free verse, using a close analysis of one or two poems to illustrate. A combination of poetry appreciation and introduction to the analysis of technique.


Bio: Davis Oldham is an English professor at Shoreline Community College, where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. He has published in the Nebraska Review, Cranky, the Stranger, Z Magazine, and elsewhere. He has a Ph.D. in American literature and a MFA in fiction, both from the University of Washington.


Preparing Students to Engage the World as Global Citizens
11-11:50am - Sarah Zale

Getting an education should mean more than earning a degree for a job, more than acquiring knowledge. It should prepare individuals to be active participants in making the world a better and safer place.


Bio: Sarah Zale is the founder and director of The Listening Tree Project (LTP), a year-long, cohort academic program at Shoreline Community College that promotes a campus climate of equality, justice, and respect for all people, and facilitates student leadership development. She commonly teaches her English courses within learning communities / interdisciplinary courses. Sarah integrates Compassionate Listening ® and Theatre of the Oppressed into her curriculum.