Coordinators Contact Frank Jordan Coordinator Neil Heil
“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
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 – "Survive the Culture Wars Like an Anthropologist" Amanda Zunner-Keating, Anthropology Professor When the speaker noticed that her students were struggling to reconcile political conflict, she started conducting fieldwork on the culture wars. Based on interviews with both far-left and far-right leaning communities and, in response to a politically-charged online bullying campaign against her, Amanda works to offer people in the U.S. practical anthropological tools aimed at taking the misery out of political dialogue.
Synopsis: Living in the United States today can often feel like going to battle against friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors as political views and ideologies seem to become more and more controversial. How is the average person expected to navigate through this politically-charged, globalized, and internet-based world? Cultural anthropologists can help. Cultural anthropologists are social scientists who have reconciled conflicting worldviews for generations and have a variety of tools that can help the average person improve communication, interpret confusing ideas, and better understand political "opponents." Join us to learn practical strategies that foster a healthier democracy through dialogue.
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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