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Humanities

Humanities Learning Center

The Humanities Learning Center (HLC) is a group of dedicated faculty working alongside administrative, support staff, and community partners whose mission is to bring the relevance and vitality of the humanities to the Great Lakes Bay Region. This group is coordinated by Dr. Laura Dull, Associate Professor of History. For more information, contact lauradull@delta.edu.

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HLC Brown Bag Speaker Series

We are pleased to announce our Brown Bag Speaker Series for the 2013-14 Academic Year.  Please join us as we lunch and learn about current humanities research from members of the Delta faculty and staff.  These events are free and open to the public.

Our Upcoming Session:

    • March 25, Noon-1pm, N012,  Chey Davis, 

      "Harnessing the Numinous Experience: the Application of Awe in Our Everyday Lives."


Winter 2014 Brown Bag Schedule--Save the Dates

  • January 22, 11am-Noon, N012, Jeff VandeZande and Jim Gleason, “Two Cellar Dwellers Collaborate to Make Cellar Dwellers”
  • February 19, 1-2pm, N007,  Darci Doll, "Zombies in Society:  What an Inquiry Into Non-traditionally Animated Can Tell Us About Moral Status."
  • March 25, Noon-1pm, N012,  Chey Davis, "Harnessing the Numinous Experience: the Application of Awe in Our Everyday Lives."
  • April 14, Noon-1pm, N007, Dr. Crystal Starkey, "A Cognitively Enabling Approach: the Autism Spectrum in Composition."

Partying for Peace in Vienna:  Napoleon, Europe, and the Peace Puzzle, 2-330pm, Delta College Midland Campus, Room 131

An interactive history workshop for eighth-grade students.  
Explore European wars and the challenge of
building a lasting peace with Dr. Laura Dull,
Associate Professor of History at Delta College.
Explore European wars and the challenge of
building a lasting peace with Dr. Laura Dull,
Associate Professor of History at Delta College.
Explore European wars and the challenge of building lasting peace with Dr. Laura Dull, History. This event is free and open to eighth-grade students.  Reserve your spot by emailing lauradull@delta.edu.

Winter 2014 For the Delta College Community--Our Great Michigan Read, Annie's Ghosts  

The Delta College Humanities Learning Center, in conjunction with the Delta College Center for Organizational Success and the Michigan Humanities Council, is hosting the Great Michigan Read at Delta College, during the Winter 2014 semester. 

  • February 14, 10am, F120, "Mental Health Care: Then and Now," Led by Susan Harvey and Maureen Donegan, Psychology
  • February 28, 10am, F120, "Keeping Our Family Past Alive Through Oral History," Led by Dr. Amy French, History


Fall 2013 Brown Bag Speakers

  • September 25 (Wed), 1pm,  Dr. Nolen Gertz, N006, “What’s Wrong With (How We Think About) Torture?”  The idea that the torturer is not simply someone who performs a particular activity but rather someone who, through his activity, becomes something alien and nightmarish to us has become so ingrained in our understanding of torture that it is rather difficult to remember that, regardless of how we might feel about it, the torturer is still a person performing an activity.  Yet if we begin to take this simple fact more seriously and try to understand how particular people came to perform these particular activities then perhaps we can achieve a more realistic depiction of torture that is not just victim versus torturer, but instead something far more complicated.  Torture stands at the furthest extreme of debates surrounding what is permissible in war, and as such presents the clearest example of how the relationship between noncombatants and combatants can lead to the experience of exile and why understanding this experience is so important to contemporary policy debates.
  • October 17, 11:15am, H101, Ryan Petersen, “The Attempted Impeachment of Louis F. Post,” a fascinating and little-known tale of courage and principle in the midst of the fear and paranoia of America’s first Red Scare; pitting the most unlikely of heroes, an elderly and obscure Assistant Secretary of Labor, Louis F. Post, against a young J. Edgar Hoover and a powerful Attorney General with presidential ambitions.
  • November 6, 12:30pm, N012 (Off the Commons),  Dr. Amy French, "The Power to Protect Themselves: Michigan Workers' Attempts for Protective Labor Legislation.”  During the Industrial Revolution, labor and capital battled over work conditions.  Poor wages, legislative restrictions against unions, six-day workweeks, fourteen-hour days, unsafe working conditions, and infrequent pay stripped workers of control over many elements of their lives.  Join us to learn how these laborers used the legal system to fight against a powerful industrial machine for basic rights and better lives for average Americans. 
  • December, Mike Glowacki, Linda Petee, and Jason S. Lijewski, 

    Green Book: A Written and Visual Arts Publication Celebrating Sustainability through Creative Action."  

     

    Utilizing the campus and the community environment can create an engaging experience for teaching and learning and can serve as an invitation for partnership and participation. A grant-funded venture between the Sustainability Office and the Humanities Department produced Vol. 1, the first issue of an bi-annual publication that celebrates the intersection of people, planet and profit.  It features a collection of student, faculty, and community projects that unite these concepts through the use of words, images, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories, and artwork. This session will introduce the goals and generate collaborative ideas for Green Book Vol. 2.

Previous Speakers

Our 2013 Speaker:  Bestselling author, Ted Conover, "If This Road Could Talk: Stories from The Routes of Man."  April 3, 2013.

Ted Conover, award-winning author and NYU professor,spoke about his book, The Routes of Man, which explores the ways roads connect peoples and cultures. This event was made possible by financial support from the Humanities Learning Center, the Global Awareness Program, Special Projects Committee,and the Library Learning Information Center.


HLC Learning Community Courses

Many students ask, why do I have to take this humanities course?  I'm studying to .....be an accountant, a nurse, a welder, etc.  The HLC Learning Community Courses are designed with you as the focus--to demonstrate to you how the humanities support your success as a student, an employee, a citizen, and a human being.  They are taught by dynamic and innovative faculty members passionate about communicating the relevance of their disciplines.  We have selected courses that transfer to most institutions and help you complete the MACRAO agreement (see below).

Watch for our 2014-15 course selections.  

HLC Learning Community Courses

Many students ask, why do I have to take this humanities course?  I'm studying to .....be an accountant, a nurse, a welder, etc.  The HLC Learning Community Courses are designed with you as the focus--to demonstrate to you how the humanities support your success as a student, an employee, a citizen, and a human being.  They are taught by dynamic and innovative faculty members passionate about communicating the relevance of their disciplines.  We have selected courses that transfer to most institutions and help you complete the MACRAO agreement (see below).

Watch for our 2014-15 course selections.  


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