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“Fridays with the Professors” is an informal group that meets irregularly on Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Friendly Valley Church. The professors all come from College of the Canyons. Often entertaining and always educational, the topic may be from the speaker’s area of academic expertise, such as science, history, politics, or theater. It may be a hobby, such as a weapons collection or playing the bagpipes; or it could be an account of an excursion to Europe or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Here is the planned schedule for the Fall Term. More details will be added as they become known
Oct 11 – “Estate Planning – A Part of Life” Judith Sack, Estate Planning Attorney since 1998, crafting estate plans for clients that are designed to serve their needs today and in the future. COC Adjunct Faculty, Business and Paralegal Program, Business Department teaching Business Law, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, and Wills, Trusts & Estates. The focus of this presentation is on how an estate plan may be designed to accommodate a person’s journey through life. It should facilitate management of a person’s assets, create a team to assist the person if it is needed, and transfer assets at their passing.
Oct 18 – “Pompeii, a visit to this ancient city” Kevin Anthony, Professor of Hotel, Restaurant Program The speaker has conducted several tours of the city of Pompeii with College of the Canyons Study Abroad programs. Professor Anthony received the College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation Award for 2018 for his tour of Pompeii. Using Google Maps, he was able to craft a tour of the most famous city of antiquity. He provided insights into the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, destruction of the city and the lifestyles of the citizens. Join us, as we explore this famous city.
Oct 25 – “The Music and History of the Highland Bagpipe” James Gilmore, Professor of Mathematics at COC James Gilmore is an amateur piper and has been piping for over 30 years, studying in both the US and Scotland and competing at the Highland games. There will be a short program of pipe music, including the traditional March, Strathspey and Reel tunes and also examples of Piobaireachd (“pibroch”), which is the classical music of the Highland Bagpipe. We will also learn about the history and design of the Highland Bagpipe. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.
Nov 1 – “From Savage to Citizen: American Indians in 19th Century” Aaron Silverman, Adjunct Instructor in the COC History Dept. Ph.D. in History from UCLA, specializing in the 18th and 19th Century. An overview of alterations of Native American status with the Federal government in the 19th Century, as well as indigenous responses to the demise of tribal sovereignty.
Nov 8 – "Rhetoric & Language Styles" Aimee Newton, Instructor, Communications Studies Dept., COC MA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Rhetoric Synopsis: In Rhetoric & Language Styles, we will explore how to use different types of devices to capture your audience's attention. Persuasion as a craft originated from Ancient Greece, where Aristotle taught us that it is not simply what you say that is important, but also how you say it. By presenting yourself as a credible speaker who is passionate about your topic and uses sound reasoning, you will be better able to convince your audience to change their minds or call them to action.
Nov 15 – TBA (Anthropology-related) Amanda Zunner-Keating
Nov 22 – "Grief and the Holidays" Gina Thompson, Grief Recovery Specialist Having experienced her own grief, Gina is passionate about helping people with a broken heart. As a Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist, she walks people through the correct action steps that can lead to recovery due to death, divorce or the more than 40 other life events that can cause grief. The holidays, especially the first ones after the death of a loved one, a divorce or other loss, are especially difficult for people who are grieving. Often, friends and family members of those affected by a loss are unsure how to act or what to say to support their grieving loved one during the holidays. Join us as we present a set of holiday tips that give some basic, practical, and emotionally helpful guidance for both the grieving people and the friends and family near them.
Nov 29 – Thanksgiving recess
Dec 6 – TBA Michele Jenkins
Dec 13 – “Brain Gym for Seniors, Part 2” Veronica Getskow, Associate Professor of Child Development, L.A. Valley College
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