Winter 2014 Classes: Jan. 6-March 21
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|C903||01/07/14-01/28/14||T||Colonial America: The First Century - Class Full||$44|
|C967||01/07/14-01/28/14||T||The Crowded Cosmos||$44|
|C901||01/08/14-01/22/14||W||Art Crime - Class Full||$42|
|C919||01/09/14-01/30/14||Th||The Poetics of Heaven: Dante’s “Paradiso”||$44|
|C913||01/10/14-01/31/14||F||“The Oresteia” of Aeschylus, Part 2||$44|
|C965||01/13/14-02/10/14||M||Brrrrr!! The Geology of Glaciers||$44|
|C917||01/23/14-02/13/14||Th||Iceland in Crime Novels||$44|
|C905||01/17/14-02/07/14||F||Medieval History: Gothic Lives - Class Full||$44|
|C873||01/27/14||M||EU Update: Europe and Economic Crisis - Class Full||$11|
|C877||01/29/14||W||Vietnam: Historical and Cultural Perspective, Part 2||$11|
|C963||02/03/14-02/10/14||M||Marine Ecology: The Role of Natural History and Washington’s Rocky Outer Coast - Class Full||$22|
|C945||02/04/14-02/25/14||T||“Bible” Stories Contrasting the Wrath and Love of God||$44|
|C961||02/05/14-02/26/14||W||A History of Physics: A Layman’s Guide to the World’s Oldest Science - Class Full||$44|
|C881||01/15/14-01/22/14||M||China’s Economic Development: At What Cost to the Environment?||$22|
|C855||02/06/14-02/13/14||Th||The Social Media Transformation||$22|
|C875||02/07/14-02/14/14||F||Homelessness: Causes and Challenges in a Changing World - Class Full||$22|
|C923||02/14/14-03/14/14||F||The Role of Dance in Classical Music||$49|
|C883||02/19/14-02/26/14||W||A Little Course on Free Will||$22|
|C915||02/20/14-03/06/13||Th||Henrik Ibsen’s Verse Drama||$33|
|C922||02/21/14-03/14/14||F||Fact and Fiction - No Fee-Registration Required - Class Full|
|C921||02/21/14-03/14/14||F||Shakespeare’s “Richard II” - Class Full||$44|
|C959||02/24/14-03/17/14||M||Geology of Canada (eh?) - Class Full||$44|
|C957||02/25/14-03/18/14||T||Future Climate of the Pacific Northwest - Class Full||$44|
|C981||02/27/14-03/13/14||Th||Alfred Hitchcock at His Best: Three Classic Movies||$42|
|C853||03/04/14-03/11/14||T||Smart Living with Smartphones and Tablets||$22|
|C879||03/05/14-03/12/14||W||Potpourri of Cultural Presentations: An International Student Experience||$22|
|C851||03/06/14-03/13/14||Th||Big Data: Power, Privacy, and Risk in the Digital Era||$22|
|C909||02/24/14-03/17/14||M||Medieval History Gothic Lives “B”||$44|
Note: Classes marked FULL may have a waiting list; call 425.640.1830 if you are interested in that class.
*Note: Remember to check for changes in class schedule before the first day of class.
Let Alfred Hitchcock spice up your winter with adventure, humor and suspense. Enjoy these early classic films that established Hitchcock’s reputation as “the master of suspense”: “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1934), “The Thirty Nine Steps” (1935), and “The Lady Vanishes” (1938). Actors include Peggy Ashcroft, Leslie Banks, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat, Paul Lukas, Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty, and Peter Lorre in his first English speaking role. There will be special handouts, opportunities to discuss each film, and information about the early career of Alfred Hitchcock. John James is a retired librarian from Shoreline Community College with advanced degrees in history and library science, and a life-long interest in the best of popular music and film from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. 3 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C851 Big Data: Power, Privacy, and Risk in the Digital Era.
The FBI estimates that art crime, including theft, fraud and vandalism, results in billions of dollars of losses every year, and Art Crime will delve into this seamy underworld. Our first class will tackle art theft. What do Vermeer’s “The Concert,” Henry Moore’s monumental “Reclining Figure,” and a panel of van Eyck’s “Ghent Altarpiece” have in common? Each has been stolen, present whereabouts unknown. Is a mysterious Dr. No purloining great works of art? What drives criminals to target such unsellable objects? The next week we will take on the troubling topic of art vandalism, looking hard at Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” and Velazquez’s “Rokeby Venus” in an attempt to see the assassin’s scars. What drives people to stab a Pouissin, throw acid at a Durer, or take a hammer to a Michelangelo? Is there a method to their madness? Session three will examine art forgery, which has a lofty history: Michelangelo (unwittingly?) forged an antique cupid, and an early Bruegel engraving bears the name “Bosch.” Han van Meegeren’s “Vermeers” fooled Hermann Goering, but can any forgery possibly withstand modern technological scrutiny? Join us and find out! Rebecca Albiani earned her BA degree in art history and Italian at UC Berkeley and her MA in Renaissance art history at Stanford. She gives a popular lecture series at the Frye Art Museum. 3 sessions.
|C945||02/04/14–02/25/14||Tuesdays||10:00am–12:00pm||Rev. Richard Gibson||ESC||$44|
Rev. Gibson has planned a NEW course exploring some fearful and loving stories that will help us see the Dark Side, “Bible” warfare, colonialism and the treatment of women, alongside Jesus’ gentle touch: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, eating with sinners and touching lepers. We will read familiar stories with new eyes. Dick Gibson is a CRI teacher, retired pastor from Terrace Presbyterian Church in Mountlake Terrace and an amateur archaeologist. 4 sessions.
“Big Data” is a trending topic in technology news, frequently linked to stories about government surveillance, privacy scandals, and excessive customer tracking by corporations. At the same time, we hear that “Big Data” can identify hard-to-see patterns, reframe social problems, and suggest innovative solutions. Critics and advocates both have valid points to make. But how can we gain a deeper understanding of the controversies and complexities surrounding this powerful idea? This two-part course will address the basics of “Big Data” both as an organizational approach and as an idea in our public discourse. Drawing on academic research and current events, we will examine: 1) how institutions are collecting and combining different types of data; 2) the risks and implications of data-driven policies; and 3) the role of citizens in arguing for transparency and fairness. Ample time will be given to questions and discussion. Colin Lingle is a doctoral candidate in the UW Department of Communication, where he studies civic engagement, media, and digital society. He has more than a decade of experience working at technology companies in education, entertainment, and advertising. 2 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C981 Alfred Hitchcock at His Best: Three Classic Films.
Our Cascade and Olympic mountains owe their rugged beauty to the actions of glaciers. The Puget Basin and Eastern Washington have been profoundly affected by the massive ice sheets of the Pleistocene Ice Age. We will discuss how and why glaciers form and behave, how they modify the land over which they move, and possible causes for the Earth’s ice ages. Donn will print a colored copy of his class notes for you, cost: $5. If you would like to have one you must call the CRI office to order (425-640-1830) as soon as you have registered for this course. Donn Charnley is emeritus professor of geology at Shoreline Community College. He earned his MS degree in geology from UW and has taught for Seattle Public Schools, Shoreline CC, UW, and for CRI since 2003. 4 sessions. No class Monday, January 20.
This is a repeat of the Fall 2013 class. China’s rapid economic development has come with environmental costs for China itself as well as for the rest of the world. This short course will describe four areas in which economic growth has brought environmental degradation: energy, agriculture, water, and forests. It will consider also the global effects of these changes in China, as well as official and popular attempts to limit and mitigate the environmental effects of that country’s rapid development. Lectures will be accompanied by copious illustrations, copies of which will be made available on line to course participants. Stevan Harrell was on the faculty at the UW as professor of anthropology and environmental and forest sciences. He has taught China studies and has done extensive research in Taiwan and China. 2 sessions.
What happened after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock? We will examine this question as it explores the development of American colonial society from 1607 to 1700. Taking a topical approach, the series will provide a view of what life was like for settlers in the 1600s, starting with an emphasis on social and economic development of the colonies. We begin by looking at the myths and realities of Puritan New England and how religious intolerance and dissent led to the founding of other colonies. Development of the tobacco and rice cultures of the southern colonies, impact of slavery on the social structures of their societies, and attitudes towards love, marriage, childhood and family life are explored. Rapid growtht of colonial economy made it an important source of raw materials and a major market for British goods, shaping social development of the colonies. We will examine the evolution of the American economy and subsequent transformation of colonial government as England attempted to impose a colonial bureaucracy to regulate trade. James Rigali earned his PhD in history at the UW. He has taught American history at the UW as well as Pacific Lutheran University and North Seattle Community College. 4 sessions.
|C871||02/24/14–03/17/14||Mondays||10:00am–12:00pm||David E. Smith||CON||$44|
Week one will present an overview of moral theories in circulation today, including egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue theory. Subsequent weeks will see the application of those theories to abortion, war, and euthanasia. David E. Smith earned his PhD at Temple University, Philadelphia. He has lectured in philosophy and religious studies at Central Washington University. 4 sessions.
|C967||01/07/14–01/28/14||Tuesdays||1:30pm–3:30pm||Mark C. Waterbury||CPC||$44|
Astronomers are rapidly discovering thousands of planets circling stars other than our sun, and that is just in our galactic backyard. Along with a growing understanding of the origins and limits of life, these discoveries support the idea that the universe is home to vast numbers of living worlds. Beginning with an orientation to the scale and structure of existence, we will explore the formation and circulation of the stuff of life, and consider what it means for our own living world to be a part of the vastly larger realm that pervades the cosmos. Mark C. Waterbury is an itinerant physics and astronomy professor at Bellevue College and Seattle Community Colleges. After receiving degrees from Michigan State University in materials science and chemistry, Dr. Waterbury worked as a scientist and engineer for the Air Force and Navy, was CTO of two tech startups, and wrote a book about the Amanda Knox case, “The Monster of Perugia—The Framing of Amanda Knox.”4 sessions.
Europe is emerging from its deepest economic crisis since the 1930s. The severity of the Great Recession created what many observers consider to be the greatest crisis in the history of the European Union, threatening the stability of the euro single currency and undermining confidence in European integration. How has Europe responded to the crisis and what will be the long term impact on the EU’s development? This course will seek to provide perspectives on these issues, while also offering an overview of the basic nature and functions of the European Union. Philip Shekleton is the Associate Director of the European Union Center of Excellence of Seattle and the Center for West European Studies, both at the UW. 1 session.
|C922||02/21/14–03/14/14||Fridays||9:30am–11:30am||Bev Christensen and Marge Young||FBC Private Dining Room|
No class or processing fee—registration form must be completed
We are not your average book discussion group! Participants make their own reading choices and come prepared to present brief reviews and share their appraisals. You may select a past or current author in any genre. Learn from each other through informal discussion. Marge Young and Bev Christensen are avid readers and have been a part of this class for years. This is a non-fee class but requires registration. If this is the ONLY class being taken, there is no processing fee. 4 sessions. *This class runs concurrent with C921 Shakespeare’s “Richard II.”
What does global warming mean for us right here in the Pacific Northwest? Climate changes have significant implications for natural resources, as well as for the people who depend on them. We have seen news of changes in temperature and precipitation, snow pack, salmon habitats, and low-lying coastal areas. Join Dr. Ed Sarachik for an exploration of future climate in our region and its implications for all of us, the basic concepts of climate itself and how our climate in the Pacific Northwest is influenced by the interactions between seasonally varying atmospheric circulation patterns (weather) and the mountainous terrain within the region. Learn about the interactions of climate with geography, physical systems, natural resources, and large-scale climate variations, such as El Nino/La Nina and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Armed with an understanding of past and present climate, we will better understand future climate and the changes that may occur. Currently emeritus professor of atomospheric sciences at the UW, Ed Sarachik has taught and published extensively in meteorology, oceanography, and climate. He is co-author of “The El Nino/Southern Oscillation Phenomenon,” published by Cambridge University Press, and is affiliated with the Climate Impacts Group at UW. 4 sessions.
Among our world’s continents and countries, Canada has many “top of the chart” geographical features: second largest land area, longest coastline, largest fresh water lakes, nearly half the size of North America, and an abundance of natural resources from forests and fisheries, to minerals and ice age-derived tundra and prairies. But to the inquiring mind, the most interesting feature of Canada’s multivariate features is its geology; in particular, it hosts some of the planets oldest rocks (over 4 billion years old). From that humble origin, it expanded in all directions, finally becoming the familiar shape and form of North America in its entirety. Yes, the US, Mexico and Central American countries are but the southernmost “provinces” of Canada! Canada’s (and the US) eastern margin lost chunks of land that became parts of western Europe; and its western margin was rifted off Siberia before it accumulated the micro-continents that gave us the complex mosaic of Alaska, BC and Washington (we melt the political boundaries here). The northern Canadian Shield hosts some of the planet’s largest meteorite craters, and the central plain is contiguous with that of the US in age and formation. Geologist and earth/space science educator Linda Khandro is an ex-pat Canajun, who still looks north with fascination at the complexities of this chunk of North America. 4 sessions.
In 1864 Ibsen left his native Norway bound for Rome. The eternal city was for Ibsen, as for so many other artists, a life changing experience and a turning point in the dramatist’s career. The first work he completed there was a verse drama titled “Brand”, the name of a stern and idealistic pastor with a will of steel. One year later, 1867, Ibsen had written another verse drama, “Peer Gynt”, in which he tells the story of a man who is Brand’s opposite. These “twin” works immediately established Ibsen as one of Europe’s most important writers. Katherine Hanson has taught Scandinavian literature for over 30 years, and is currently an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the UW. 3 sessions.
We will trace the evolution of our understanding of the physical world from the time of the ancient astronomers to the discovery of the Higgs boson. The remarkably accurate observations of the heavens by ancient civilizations and the precise measurement of planetary motions led to Newton’s Universal Theory of Gravitation, one of the greatest triumphs of physics. A systematic understanding of thermal properties and electricity and magnetism provided the basis for the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. The 20th century discoveries about the structure of atoms and nuclei have transformed our technology and our lifestyles. While Einstein’s theory of relativity might seem esoteric, it is used every day in scientific experiments and in space exploration. Although many mysteries remain, we can discuss Black Holes, the Big Bang theory, and our evolving view of the fundamental components of matter. No prior knowledge of physics is required. Dr. Silbernagel is a retired senior scientist from Exxon Mobil Corporate Research Laboratories. He taught physics at UC Santa Barbara, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 4 sessions.
Why does homelessness affect our social sense of cleanliness, morality and decency? What makes us want to cross the street when we see a homeless person panhandling on a corner? Though there has been homelessness throughout the history of the United States, the sheer number of people currently without a home has not been equaled since the Great Depression. The composition of people finding themselves homeless has changed from those experiencing it in the 1950s-1970s. The reasons for homelessness have also changed since then. We will examine the causes, faces, and cycle of homelessness, government policies, and homelessness seen as uncleanliness and “out of place.” Karen Bancroft has been sole instructor for a Masters level policy class entitled “Poverty and Inequality” for the School of Social Work at the UW and previously was assistant teacher for the course. The topic is close to her heart because she too was homeless, off and on, for three years in the 1990s. 2 sessions.
|C917||01/23/14–02/13/14||Thursdays||10:00am–12:00pm||Jim and Pat Thyden||CON||$44|
This class provides an introduction to Iceland through popular crime novels. Class discussions and PowerPoint slides will focus on Iceland’s history, culture, and nature, as well as plots and characters, rather than literary analysis. Students should read “Running Blind” by Desmond Bagley before the first class meeting. Then we will read in order: “Jar City” by Arnaldur Indridason, “House of Evidence” by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson, and “Last Rituals” by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. All are available at amazon.com. Jim Thyden is a retired Foreign Service Officer who was once posted to Iceland. He earned his MA at the UW Scandinavian Department and studied Icelandic at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Jim has taught many CRI classes on international affairs and Scandinavian crime novels. Pat accompanied Jim to Iceland and their other overseas posts and also studied Icelandic. She has taught several CRI classes. 4 sessions.
This is a repeat of the Fall 2013 class. The problem of free will has been debated for centuries. We look for the causes behind physical and historical events, yet we experience our own actions as freely and truly ours. Indeed, our very sense of self hinges on being moral agents. In an attempt to solve this conundrum, religion has often employed the notion of an immaterial soul that somehow controls human action in the world while being able to ward off worldly influences. But science today teaches that the mind is the product of a material brain and explores the effect of environmental and genetic factors on human behavior. Free will has become a much-discussed topic of late. Is free will an “illusion?”
Are we part zombie and don’t know it? What about moral responsibility, about law and punishment? Recommended reading for this course: “Free Will” by Sam Harris. Robert Bates has a BA in philosophy and has done graduate work at the University of Chicago and DePaul University. His current interest is in how the biological sciences are reshaping our understanding of human nature. 2 sessions.
|C963||02/03/14–02/10/14||Mondays||1:00pm-3:00pm||Robert T. Paine||CON||$22|
TSession 1 will introduce the importance of observation and natural history, leading to hypothesis testing and experimental manipulations which reveal the underlying process (competition and predation) that produce a pattern. Intertidal zonation will be illustrated and discussed, as will keystone species, trophic cascades and food webs. The last half hour will be a “show and tell” involving the display and participant handling of some of the many devices we use to explore the biology of marine organisms. Session 2 will first be on physical disturbance and how that diversifies pattern and contributes to coexistence. An example familiar to all is forest fire. Then moving on to rocky shores and mussel beds, while nature is often disturbed, it also recovers, and experiments can reveal some of the underlying processes that generate rich patterns. The second lecture will continue this theme, focusing on natural variations in species abundances in space and time, showing that moderate disturbance can lead to a richer, more diverse and interesting ecosystem. Robert T. Paine earned an AB, Harvard and PhD, University of Michigan. He taught at the UW for 36 years and is now emeritus professor. Dr. Paine is an elected member , US National Academy of Sciences, and was recently was awarded the International Cosmos Prize (Japan). 2 sessions.
Beginning with an examination of the glorious 1100s and 1200s, the Benign Centuries of the Middle Ages, we will take an in-depth look at the nobility and feudalism, everything from cruppers to crusades. And we will look at the forces that helped to curb this lifestyle: chivalry, towns and trade, and the Magna Carta. With the help of local church records we will find details about the lives of women and their influence on the economic and social realms of the Middle Ages. Biography will help to illustrate such women as the abbess Hildegard of Bingen, Queen Blanche of France, and merchant’s wife Margarita Datini. We will even dip into an epic romance of the era, “Parzival,” to further illuminate the lives of the knights and their ladies. Kristi Busch holds an MA in museum studies from George Washington University. She has been a storyteller in both performance and therapeutic settings, teaching courses in history, civics, philosophy, and mythology. 4 sessions. C909 Medieval History runs concurrent with C871 Contemporary Ethics.
In completing the presentation begun in the Fall quarter, we will consider the issues of conflicting systems of justice and the possibility of divine intervention in human legal systems which led to the balance of the Democratic system of government in 5th century Athens. Those issues are still passionately debated in the 21st century. Text used by Mr. Peters: “The Oresteia” translated by Robert Fagles. (There are several editions, all good.) Dennis Peters has been teaching Humanities courses in high school and community college and for CRI. 4 sessions.
We will engage in reading and discussion of the third and final volume of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” the “Paradiso,” in which Beatrice, the embodiment of Divine Love, reveals the secrets of Empyrean Heaven to Dante the Pilgrim. Special attention will be paid to the theological issues raised in this portion of the “Commedia.” The recommended edition of the text is John Sinclair’s translation (“The Divine Comedy,” Volume 3: “Paradiso.” Galaxy Books, 1961; a literal translation, with facing page of the original Italian text—widely available, on Amazon for as little as one penny). Students are requested to read through Canto 8 for the first class meeting.
Sean Taylor holds a PhD in English from the UW, and has taught as professor at Portland State University and Hamilton College. His main areas of expertise are Old and Middle English literature. 4 sessions.
|C879||03/05/14–03/12/14||Wednesdays||1:00pm-3:00pm||Charlotte West and Amanda Fletcher||CON||$22|
A panel of international students who are attending Edmonds Community College on a scholarship from the US State Department will discuss their experiences in the United States compared to those in their home countries. Discussion may include topics such as: women’s issues, education, marriage and family, religion and politics. This year’s students come from Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa. Students will be selected to participate in the panel based on schedule availability and interest. Charlotte West, the Northwest Community College Initiative Assistant Coordinator and Amanda Fletcher, NWCCI Associate Director will be the designated facilitators. The Northwest Community College Initiative utilizes funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to host young leaders from around the world. NWCCI’s goal is to strengthen other societies by developing capable young professionals who will acquire technical and professional skills, leadership abilities, and an understanding of American society, democracy and culture. Three community colleges in Washington State (Edmonds, Pierce, and Whatcom) host students and provide them with an academic certificate program and cultural activities and workshops designed to introduce them to aspects of US cultures and to provide opportunities to share their culture with the college and local community. 2 sessions.
LFrom royal occasions to peasant entertainment, to Medieval and Renaissance periods and beyond, dance has consistently inspired composers. Dance provides structure, rhythm and energy to countless compositions, and offers a means of connecting “art” music to the popular culture of the day. Steve Reeder has spent his entire career in broadcasting, teaching and public speaking. He now programs and hosts classical music shows for Northwest Public Radio, serves as a pre-concert speaker for the Seattle Symphony, and is the on-stage narrator for the orchestra’s multi-media concert series, “Beyond the Score.” 4 sessions.No Class on February 28th.
We will perform a close reading of the “history-as-tragedy” that almost got Shakespeare and his company of players arrested in 1601 for its controversial portrayal of a flawed monarch and the rebellion that deposes him. Seattle Shakespeare Company will be performing the play concurrent with the course, and special discounts will be arranged for students to attend. Students are requested to read through Act 2 for the first class meeting. Any edition of the text will do, though it is recommended to find one with line numbers and footnotes (the instructor prefers Signet Classic paperbacks, widely available). Sean Taylor holds a PhD in English from the UW, and has taught as professor at Portland State University and Hamilton College. His main areas of expertise are Old and Middle English literature. 4 sessions.
Mobile devices are becoming the book-reading, email, research, and communication companions that most people never imagined a decade ago. Studies are predicting that, in the next two years, 80% of us will be using smartphones and 50% of us will be using tablets. This usage will prevail even around the house when regular computers and phone service are handy. In this class, we will explore which mobile devices make the best sense for your lifestyle. Whether you already own a mobile device or are considering purchase, you will learn about the technology and how to use it more effectively. In the first session, we’ll look at a bit of history, current manufacturers and providers, and the strengths and weaknesses of various devices. The second session will be a “hands-on” discussion and sharing. Bring your devices, share your insights and experiences, and get some practical help. Brian Boston’s mission is to connect people with their family, friends, hobbies and interests using technology. His 35 years of experience including 18 years with Microsoft, helped him in training hundreds of support engineers and thousands of end users. Through his company, Boston Legacy Works, Brian educates and supports individuals and small businesses, advising and assisting on purchase, usage, maintenance, and security. 2 sessions.
As a platform for user-created content and interaction, social media are impacting all kinds of human communications. Ordinary people are now producers of news, not just passive receivers.
Politicians connect with their constituents online through Facebook and Twitter. Social movements as diverse as the Occupy Movement and the Tea Party gain national and global audiences through their concerted use of social media, which create and support new communication dynamics and change the way we participate as citizens in our society. You will explore the basic concepts of social media and its different platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and within the context of the US experience see how journalism is changing. You will better understand how citizens, political organizations, political actors, and social movements use the media to shape their messages, to ultimately re-shape society, as it transforms the ways we communicate. Sheetal Agarwal is a doctoral candidate at the UW where she studies technology and innovation in political, civic, and journalistic contexts. Sheetal is a lead researcher for the UW Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and is an award-winning former investigative journalist for the Center for Public Integrity based in Washington, D.C. 2 sessions.
This is the second of a series of two classes. The first dealt with Vietnam’s history and culture before the Vietnam War. Ambassador Michalak will discuss Vietnam’s development since the war, some of the issues that grew out of the war and how the US and Vietnam have reconciled their differences to achieve good working relations. He also will discuss current issues, such as Vietnam’s economy and relations with its neighbor. Michael Michalak was US Ambassador to Vietnam from August 2005 to February 2011. Significant issues during his tenure included economic and commercial relations, human rights, regional issues, military-to-military relations, health diplomacy, and education. A career diplomat in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Michalak’s previous assignments included: ambassador to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), deputy chief of mission in Tokyo, and other positions dealing with China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Eastern Europe. He is now retired from the Foreign Service. 1 session.