This spring, the Edmonds Community College Lecture Series brings speakers to campus to raise awareness of the issues facing college students, earth month, poetry and creative expression, and gender violence. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place in the campus theater, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. For more information, call 425.640.1139 or go to www.edcc.edu/lectures.
]The lecture series, sponsored by the college’s Center for Student Engagement & Leadership, brings thought-provoking and inspirational speakers to campus selected by a committee of students and employees.
Earth Month speaker Peter Ward, 12:30 p.m., Thurs., April 11, Black Box Theatre. Peter D. Ward, Ph.D., is a paleontologist and professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Washington. Ward specializes in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event (the one that killed the dinosaurs), the Permian-Triassic extinction event, and mass extinctions in general. He was elected as a fellow of the California Academy of Science in 1984 and has been nominated for the Schuchert Medal, an award of the Paleontological Society. Ward has written many books including “Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future” and “The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps.”
National Poetry Month speaker Chas Jackson, 12:30 p.m., Wed., April 24, Black Box Theatre. Chas Jackson earned his Bachelor of Arts in screenwriting with a minor in marketing. He tours the U.S. and facilitates workshops on creative expression. Chas currently writes for the award-winning web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.” Chas began performing poetry as a dare and hasn’t stopped since. He was one of the breakout stars of the FX TV show, “Black. White.,” produced by Ice Cube. Performing his original poetry, he received high praise for his work on the show that later went on to win an Emmy award. He has competed as a member of the 2006 Los Angeles Slam Team and 2008 Atlanta Slam Team. In 2009, as part of team San Francisco, he performed on the final stage at the national poetry slam, placing third out of the nation’s 68 teams. Chas believes that poetry is the only way you can touch someone’s heart without his or her permission.
Filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro, 12:30 p.m., Wed., May 8, Black Box Theatre. A first-generation American goes in search of her identity. She discovers that the cycle of gender violence she’s been working hard to break in the U.S. is part of her history and culture on another continent. Eliaichi raises questions about the cultures we inherit and what we choose to pass down. She reveals how a bearing witness can break silences that have lasted lifetimes.