2017 Return to Evergreen
Engaging in Local Politics: An Interactive Community Conversation
Have you ever aspired to run for elected office or to take part in an initiative campaign that is important to you? How does an interdisciplinary education at The Evergreen State College provide you with the essential skills and experience for political service? If these questions pique your curiosity, this workshop is for you! Discover the ins and outs of campaigns and elections from experienced politicians and campaign managers. Today, more than ever, people want to learn how to influence national policy through engaging in local politics. Join in a participatory discussion where you will hear from Evergreen alumni that have run for local office, enjoyed successful political careers, and managed political campaigns. Bring your questions and ideas for a lively session.
Engaging with Longhouse Arts and Artists
Experience the power in the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples. Tour the expanding Indigenous Arts Campus, smell fresh cedar shavings in the Carving Studio, and take a first look at the recently constructed Fiber Arts Studio. Share in the Longhouse’s mission of promoting Indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression, and economic development.
- Laura GrabhornAssistant Director, Longhouse
Evergreen in the First Year: Stories, Rumors, Myth, Fact and Magic
That first year of classes at The Evergreen State College was wild and unprecedented, as those who were there and the stories told about it attest. On-campus housing and classrooms were not ready. No one could predict what would transpire when ambitious faculty teams and expectant groups of students gathered to embark on full-time programs of study. Here is your chance to get an unvarnished look at the adventures of the first few years through the eyes of four faculty and staff—Larry Eickstaedt, David Marr, Nancy Taylor, and Ernest “Stone” Thomas—at the beginning of their distinguished careers, as they, their colleagues, and students faced Evergreen’s fantastic opportunities and challenges. They will relive for us initial experiments in teaching, learning and advising, birth pangs of coordinated studies, issues of gender and race, student-faculty community, and crises of survival—experiences that shaped the college’s identity and prefigured the unique institution Evergreen would become.
Exploring Evergreen's 1000 Acre Woods
Join us in an educational walk through the beautiful woods surrounding The Evergreen State College campus core in this interactive session. Steve Herman and Scott Baker will navigate you through the various habitats and help you to identify the plants and animals in and around the forests of Evergreen. Sensible walking shoes, journal, and a writing instrument are suggested for this session.
Drawing Solutions: How a Simple Picture Will Change Everything
The odds against you making change in your life are 9 to 1 - against it. This powerful, dynamic workshop will show you how to beat those odds. Learn a simple, visual, goal-setting process that you can immediately use to help yourself turn vision into reality. Author of Drawing Solutions: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life, Patti Dobrowolski will show you how to leverage the latest neuroscience, business strategy, and your own imagination to train your brain in identifying and remaining focused on achieving your key goals. Find out how you can make changes more easily - and you don’t even need to know how to draw!
- Patti Dobrowolski '80
Founder, Up Your Creative Genius
Healing with Yoga and Song
Come give your body, mind and spirit a gift and enjoy the opportunity to relax, restore, and release in this sound healing yoga workshop. This workshop includes breathing exercises, gentle yoga poses, and meditation while receiving a Zaphir Blue Moon Chime attunement. It will be followed by a 45-minute healing sound concert of metal Tibetan singing bowls, crystal quartz singing bowls, bells, planetary chimes, tingshas, a rose quartz alchemy bowl, handheld crystal bowls & a healing gong. Take the opportunity to reduce stress, alleviate pain, improve sleep, increase concentration and create a deeper sense of well-being through yoga and vibrational medicine. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary.
- Kristen Rubis '01Executive Director of Empowerment 4 Girls
Introducing the Trans and Queer Center
Come check out the new Trans and Queer Center at The Evergreen State College! The Trans & Queer Center supports Evergreen’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and agender students, faculty, and staff. Meet students and learn more about the history of the TQC on campus.
- Amira Joy Norte CaluyaLGBTQ Coordinator
Just Mercy Seminar
Return to Seminar!
Join us for active reading and seminar as we dive into this year’s common reading for Fall 2017: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is a memoir by an attorney who has chosen to represent disadvantaged men, women, and children.
Described as a "powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most influential lawyers of our time," your facilitators will provide context and quotes from the text and help you explore several topics related to our existing justice system, how it fails, and ways to make real lasting change. You will receive a copy of the book so that you can explore the themes from our seminar in depth.
Make American Great Again: How Myths About the Past Threaten Our Future
Twenty-five years ago, I published The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. In this workshop I will discuss how myths about “traditional” families have and have not changed since then, and what new myths have arisen. We will then have a conversation about issues facing contemporary families and about the use and misuse of history in American political discourse.
- Stephanie CoontzFaculty Emerita
Making Russia Great Again
Vladimir Putin’s Plan to Make Russia Great Again.
In the mid-1990s, before Putin became president of Russia, the emerging Russian political–economic elite decided to maintain Russia’s role as a super power, even though the then broken country possessed few attributes of a major player in world affairs. Russia’s political and economic recovery between 1998 and 2008, which coincided with Putin’s consolidation of personal power as president, provided a foundation for re-assertion of this older pattern of a robust and expansive Russian foreign policy. Western powers have blamed Putin for placing Russian foreign ambitions on a more confrontational path, but he merely embodied a world-view and foreign policy that the majority of Russia’s elite continues to favor.
An opportunistic practitioner of Realpolitik, Vladimir Putin thus represents a consensus of the power elite and much of the Russian population “to make Russia great again.” Putin is not a Communist, but a Nationalist – Centralist, always interested in enhancing his own personal power as he helps to rebuild a powerful and unified Russian state. He is more like nineteenth-century power politicians such as Metternich and Bismarck than the aggressive Soviet leaders that preceded him. Putin has appealed to the widespread feeling of “wounded nationalism” felt by a significant majority of the Russian population in the decades after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.
- Tom RaineyFaculty Emeritus
Parent and Family Advisory Council Fall Meeting
This session is designed for current and prospective Parent and Family Advisory Council participants. Our two annual in-person meetings provide time to connect with other Greener parents, family members, and college leaders. We discuss participation and engagement opportunities and discover the areas of highest interest for action toward supporting student success. Parent leadership supports programs, services, and opportunities that enrich The Evergreen State College's community and deepen student involvement and experiences. This session is recommended for Council participants and for parents and family of current students.
- Stacy Mears, parent of McKenna, Class of '21Parent and Family Advisory Council Co-chair
Seeing Beyond Your Subject: Image Composition in the Mobile Age
Most of us have cameras in our pockets at all times, making it easy to take photos whenever we like. Beyond Your Subject is an interactive workshop where notable alumni and staff photographers will teach you the basics of composition, framing, and capturing a moment through your mobile device. Use your phone to capture the true beauty and personality of your subjects like a pro. Additionally, workshop attendees will be able to take a tour of The Evergreen State College's own film development area and darkroom, along with the rest of our beloved Photoland.
Speak Out: Explore the Art of Storytelling
Join Elizabeth Lord '95, Professional Talker and co-founder of Olympia’s premiere storytelling event, StoryOly, for an interactive session. Learn the basics of compelling live, oral, performative storytelling. Discover how to shape a personal experience or memory into a captivating oral narrative and recall all of your story’s details without memorization. Learn what works when telling to an audience─and what doesn't work. You will come away with a tale to tell, whether for friends and family, or on stage at the next StoryOly event.
- Elizabeth Lord '95Co-Founder, StoryOly
Supporting Undocumented Students: Equity and Action
This session will introduce you to the efforts made by students, faculty, and staff to ensure the safety and security of The Evergreen State College's undocumented student population. Facilitators will provide an overview of the situation on a national level, as well as provide a more in-depth look at Evergreen’s past and present efforts, including the Retention Program for underserved students. You will also get a glimpse into the lives of the motivated and resilient students who are most affected by the current state of immigration policy. This session will prepare and empower you to serve your community’s undocumented population.
Sustainable Living in the Northwest
Are you interested in sustainable living in the Northwest? Are you one of the many Americans intrigued by tiny houses, organic farming, and alternate building methods? Our session facilitators Tanner Milliren and Daniel Cherniske are alumni of The Evergreen State College who share a passion for building shelters and growing plants and vegetables within a renewable and sustainable living model. This session will start with a presentation on sustainable building and growing at Evergreen, followed by an off-site visit to nearby Calliope Farms. You will tour a sustainably-built tiny house, see Thurston County's only permitted straw-clay house, and view a portable aquaponics greenhouse. You can meet with Calliope Farm's alumni owners, who grow well over 100 varieties of gourmet-quality, certified-organic vegetables and have been a part of the collaborative and vibrant local food movement since 2004.