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Anacortes Senior College



Our Classes

Artists of Skagit

$30

with Lexie Lamborn

Calendar Jan 14, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Our coordinators, art enthusiast Linda Harris, artist Jan Hodgman, and art collector, Tina Brown, are gathering representative artists from the Skagit Valley to share their talents with Senior College students. Each week two skilled artists will present their work and discuss their media and creative process. Check the ASC website for an upcoming calendar.

Participating Artists: Lanny Bergner, Jennifer Bowman, Al Currier, Greg Dugan, Kathleen Faulkner, Leo Osborne, Jim Redding, Cynthia Richardson, Anne Schreivogl, and Annette Tamm.

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Understanding World Wide Religions

$30

with Jim Barrett

Calendar Jan 14, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Religion impacts all of us every day: foreign policy, government decisions, social interactions, and the wars we fight. What is religion, why do people believe, where did it come from, and why don’t most people talk openly about it? What are the similarities, the differences, and the benefits to followers of the major religions? What trends can we identify? These and other questions will be discussed as well as your own experiences with religion, in this “no-judgment” course.

Instructor: Jim Barrett Ed.D. Jim received his BA from Western Washington Univ. and his masters and doctorate from the Univ. of Washington in Higher Education. He was employed by the UW for 32 years in several Health Science positions and retired as Director of the Dept. of Health Sciences Center for Educational Resources and as an affiliate professor in the Dept. of Medical Education. For the past seven years he has researched and written on the subject of comparative religion.

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Volcanoes And The Washington Cascades

$30

with Gene Kiver

Calendar Jan 14, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn where and how volcanoes work and form, along with their benefits and hazards. Dr. Gene Kiver explores the evolution of the five major active Cascade Mountain volcanoes. Can we predict an eruption? What volcano is next? What other Cascade volcanoes have erupted in the 19th and 20th century?

Instructor: Dr. Gene Kiver  graduated from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and later from the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he received his Doctorate in Geology. He taught Geology for 34 years at Eastern Washington University in Cheney and conducted an active research career that emphasized landforms and surface processes. Glacial geology of the western United States, geothermal ice caves on Mts. Rainier and Baker, national park geology, speleology, and the Missoula Floods are his main professional interests. Research and volunteer activity with the Ice Age Floods Institute continues today. He has co-authored two recent books, On the Trail of The Ice Age Floods and Washington Rocks!. Washington Rocks! is written for the non-geologist interested in learning about some of the amazing geologic sites in the State of Washington.

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Cosmology: the Evolution of the Universe

$30

with Barrie Hughlock

Calendar Jan 16, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Cosmology: The Evolution of the Universe presents the standard model of cosmology. The content includes the evolution of the universe from its fiery origin in the Big Bang and its initial ultra rapid inflation, through its continued slowing expansion, cooling and congealing from the relentless force of gravity acting on matter to form galaxies, quasars, stars, and black holes that make up our current observable universe. Additionally, the consequences of the more recent discoveries of dark matter and dark energy will be presented. The final lecture will cover speculations on topics such as the fate of the universe, the multiverse, the holographic universe and the computational universe. We have learned much about our universe, and it is awesome and still very mysterious. No prior science or math background is assumed. The only prerequisite is an open mind.

Instructor: Barrie Hughlock, PhD, received his PhD in physics at Brown University, with a thesis on neutrino-electron physics. He spent most of my career in aerospace. At Grumman, in the Nuclear Physics Group, collaborating with NASA on the calibration of the Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope, one of the four instruments contained in the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. At Boeing as an Associate Technical Fellow, he specialized in space and atmospheric radiation effects on satellite and airplane systems. He has taught physics courses at North Seattle Community College, at Bellevue College’s continuing education department, which were designed for the interests of retirees. Barrie takes great pleasure in teaching and advocating for science to address the spiritual, environmental and social needs of society.

Metals and Civilizations

$30

with Paul Thorne

Calendar Jan 16, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Metals have been worked by humans for over 5,000 years. Without metal tools, hardware, utensils, and weapons, civilization as we know it would be stalled in the Stone Age. The overall impact of metals on civilization, starting with copper, then bronze and finally iron, will be presented. Of all the metals, iron has had the most profound impact on our lives. Blacksmiths are the individuals who work iron into useful objects. This is the story of blacksmiths – their knowledge, metals, skills, tools, and place in history.

Instructor: Paul Thorne is a master blacksmith with over thirty five years’ experience in industrial, architectural, and artistic forge work. He currently teaches blacksmithing through group and private classes at his Anacortes studio. You can view his work at his Web site.  

The Politics of Climate Change

$30

with Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Calendar Jan 16, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mark Lijek and Dr. Michael Newbrough investigate one of the most interesting and relevant of current issues. Although immersed in a crisis atmosphere and a sense of urgency, there aren’t many venues offering a calm and open discussion of the “politics” involved, i.e., what should the government do in confronting climate change. This overview will be team-taught and will examine climate history, catastrophic scenarios, forces for change, the role of humans, and alternatives and solutions.

Instructors: Mark Lijek and Michael Newbrough. Mark Lijek is a retired Foreign Service officer. He served principally in Iran, Hong Kong, Nepal, Poland, and Germany as well as at the State Department in Washington. He holds BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from American University. He grew up in what is now Shoreline and has lived in Anacortes since retirement in 1996.

Michael Newbrough holds a BA in French and an MA in Political Science from the Univ. of Nevada, and a PhD in Political Science from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar (graduate study in International Relations) at l’Université de Paris. He was a professor in the Dep’t of Economics, History, and Political Science at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA for 30 years. He has found refuge in Anacortes for the last 15 years.

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