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Exploring Washington’s Geology
with Eugene Kiver
A short introductory course that covers the geologic development of the State of Washington over the past 1800 million years. Examples of geologic sites in all parts of our state will be covered in an illustrated lecture format. Included will be plate tectonics, the Northern Rocky Mountains; Columbia Plateau; Cascade Mountains (and our local volcanoes); Salish Sea and San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Mountains. The final session may be a field trip. No prior geologic training is necessary.
Instructor: Eugene Kiver, Ph.D., R.G.Dr. Kiver graduated from Case-Western University in Ohio and later earned his doctorate in Geology from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He taught Geology for 34 years at Eastern Washington University in Cheney and conducted an active research career that emphasized landforms and surface processes. One of his major interests is the Missoula Floods story that he has researched over 30 years. He has co-authored three books: “Geology of U.S. Parklands”; “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods”; and his most recent book: “Washington Rocks!”
Guns: Fundamentals, Rights, and Laws
with Alan Brewer
Gun control and ownership rights continue as an area of public debate, but many people feel their lack of knowledge about how guns work limits both their understanding of the issues involved and their credibility when stating their views. This course is intended to give you enough knowledge to maintain your credibility in these discussions. The first half of the course covers how guns work, the different types of guns and ammunition, and an overview of how to use guns. The second half covers the constitutional foundation of the right to keep and bear arms, and then the set of federal laws and Supreme Court decisions that set the current boundaries of civilian gun ownership. We will end with a discussion of the issues surrounding current gun violence statistics, and gun issues in general.
Instructor: Alan Brewer Alan learned to shoot when he was 9, and has kept learning about guns ever since. His knowledge of guns has allowed him to maintain credibility in all the conversations he has had regarding gun ownership and controls. He is retired, and spent most of his career as a technical support engineer and a writer of technical documentation. In both roles he learned how to logically present complex information in a way that enables people to quickly understand confusing issues. He has two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Business Administration.
Inside North Korea
with Mark Wenzel
This course examines the political, social and economic life of North Korea. We will study the formation of the North Korean state and the forces that have driven it in the last 70 years. As the U.S. government seeks an agreement with North Korea to address nuclear weapons and regional security, this course provides important historical and current context. Topics will include arms development, gulags, education, propaganda, diplomacy, food insecurity and more. The class structure will include videos, in-class readings, small and large group discussions.
Instructor: Dr. Mark Wenzel Dr. Mark Wenzel has served as school superintendent in Anacortes for five years. Mark earned his doctorate from the University of Washington in education leadership and master’s degrees from UW (Asian Studies) and London School of Economics (political communication). He lived in Korea for six years and has a lifelong interest in North Korea.