2016 Return to Evergreen

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Return to Evergreen on Saturday – making it a really special day. 

We'll share photos and highlights soon.

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm sessions

  • A Village Conversation

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm / Library Floor 1 – CCAM TV Studio

    The history of The Evergreen State College is one of innovation. This session will bring some of Evergreen’s early innovators together for an unfiltered and unscripted conversation. Hear the panel of Evergreen leaders as they speak their truth, offer wisdom, and share stories of the journey of Evergreen from past to present.

  • Bezango, WA: Feel the Impact of Northwest Comic Artists

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm / Communications Building – Film Screening Room 326

    Bezango, WA, a film directed by Ron Austin ’91 and Louise Amandes, tells the tale of cartooning and comics in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the alternative community. See the film and hear the panel of alumni artists as they explore the connections between the comics, cartoons, and Evergreen.

  • Drawing Solutions: How a Simple Picture Will Change Everything


    The odds against you making change in your life are 9 to 1. This 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 drawing to train your brain to identify and stay focused to achieve key goals. Find out how you can make changes more easily and you don’t even need to know how to draw.

  • Engaging with Longhouse Art and Artists

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm / Longhouse

    Experience the power of the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples: smell the cedar of the carvings being created to support the new fiber arts studio, interact with the art of the Longhouse through a guided tour, taste indian tea, and pick up a drumstick and sing along with an elder on the drumming plank.

  • Exploring Malheur, Steens Mountain and Evergreen’s 1000 Acre Wood

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm / Library Proper, Floor 3 – Cappy's Corner

    Join Steve Herman for an indoor talk about the various fieldwork destinations he’s explored with students including Malheur Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain. Provided the weather conditions make a forest walk safe, take a walk through the beautiful woods surrounding the campus core. Scott will navigate you through the various habitats and identify the plants and animals in Evergreen’s wild setting.

  • It's the Water: Policy and Purity

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm / Library Floor 4 – L4300

    Water is essential to our survival. Our question is, what happens when it becomes contaminated and unfit for human consumption? Are you aware of the surrounding environmental impacts? We will take a look at the effects it has on communities, health, and environmental issues and what policies are currently in place to keep our water sources fresh and clean.

  • Teachers Are Agents of Change

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm / Library Floor 2 – L2708

    Join this interactive dialog as we examine: How do our senses, experiences, and racial and cultural identity inform your teaching practice? How do you see yourself as an agent of change in your classroom and in your community? How do your experiences shape your role as a teacher in a diverse society?

  • The Writer’s Way: Finding and Claiming Your Process

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm / Library Floor 1 – L1412

    This session combines a panel of some of Evergreen’s faculty writers with opportunities for participants to explore and expand their process as writers. Panel members will speak briefly about their evolving process of writing, sharing ideas and tips along the way. Participants will then work in small groups to discuss and reflect on ways to develop and enlarge their own writing process.

3 – 5 pm sessions

  • A Sense of What’s Coming : Exploring the Future-Historical Perspective through The Collapse of Western Civilization

    3 – 5 pm / Library Floor 1 – L1001

    Join us for active reading and seminar as we dive into this year’s common read, The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. This genre-bending novella is a key example of “cli-fi” (climate fiction), and strives to alarm us into action by taking the perspective of a future historian looking back at human inaction in the face of climate change. We will discuss what this text has to teach us about effective communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and urgency.

  • Explore Fine Art Printing at Evergreen

    3 pm – 5 pm / LAB II, Room 2225

    Etching, serigraphy, and letterpress printing are all about creative process, expressive materials, unique tools and machinery, and cultivating the patience, care, and precision of fine craft.

    Join Evergreen arts faculty Emily and Steven and entrepreneurial artists-alums Jami and Myrna for a fun, hands-on tour of Evergreen's new printmaking and letterpress studios. Our new, beautifully designed printmaking studios boast state-of-the-art non-toxic processes with classic etching and serigraphy workspaces for students. Located in the book arts studio, Evergreen’s letterpress shop allows students access to a stunning collection of metal type and the opportunity to participate in an age-old tradition of celebrating words in print. While you get your hands a bit dirty in the studio, you'll hear about how students use the studio, and Jami and Myrna will tell you how they made their creative passion their business.

  • Ireland in History and Memory

    3 – 5 pm / Library Floor 1 – L1005

    Were you a part of the Ireland program? Are you interested in traveling to Ireland? Please come join us for a virtual walk through the histories and memories of Ireland and Irish Studies. Can you smell the coconut scent of gorse bushes in the salty sea air, see the sunset over the rocks bordering the beach, hear the sound of a sean-nós singer working through one of those Donegal melodies, touch the wool that local sheep have left on the fences, and taste that Barry’s tea and brown bread with Irish butter? Yes, you can.

  • Myths About Past Family Life and How They Harm Contemporary Families

    3 pm – 5 pm / Library Proper, Floor 3 – Cappy's Corner

    In this workshop, Stephanie will discuss some of the historical myths about family life, love, and marriage that her research has exposed and is continuing to uncover. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas about the myths that harm our families and communities today for a back-and-forth discussion.

  • Fulfilling Our Innate Need to Create: Technology's Role in Building a Community of Creators and Problem Solvers

    3 pm – 5 pm / Library Floor 4 – L4300

    This hands-on session is one you don’t want to miss. Learn how the democratization of and access to technology is creating new opportunities for students, educators, artists, and entrepreneurs to change our world. The “maker movement” and the interactive interface between people and technology are transforming society; the informed session leaders will provide their unique and insightful perspectives from using technology in education to creating it as an employee of one of the world’s largest technology companies. In addition, participants will witness exciting examples of maker technology in action, and, most fun of all, create your own project with easy-to-use technology (an open-source and hardware Arduino kit) with no previous experience needed.

  • Taking Care of Our Amazing Environment: Shellfish and the Puget Sound

    3 – 5 pm / Library Floor 1 – Lobby

    Join research biologists, Aimee Christy and Mary Middleton, and members of the Evergreen Shellfish Club as they discuss the ecosystem services of shellfish and the importance of Puget Sound stewardship. Learn about local issues of concern including eutrophication in Budd Inlet, bacterial contamination, ocean acidification, and marine debris. Then, discuss actions that you can take every day to take care of this amazing environment. Hands-on activities will be offered.

  • Taste the Organic Farm’s Harvest


    Enjoy a wooded trail walk from main campus to Evergreen’s Organic Farm led by faculty member David Muehleisen, Ph.D and students from the Practice of Organic Farming program. Hear about the farm’s history and learn how student projects continue to grow and improve the five acres of farmland. Once you arrive at the farm, take a tour through the fields in the peak of harvest season. No visit to the farm is complete without tasting the delicious produce. You will be treated to a hands-on cooking demonstration before returning to main campus full of ideas and inspiration for your own garden!

  • Voices Unite at KAOS

    3 pm – 5 pm / KAOS Radio in CAB, Room 101

    Have you ever wanted to be a broadcaster or a DJ? Come join us at KAOS, the diverse, free-form radio station broadcasting from Evergreen to the South Sound area. Tour of the station, watch video clips of KAOS in its early days through today, go into the production booth to lend your voice to the station, and then kick back to listen to some music.

Ready to Register?

Register today or register in-person on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.