January 2015

Local author Laura Swan presents her new book "The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement"

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:00pm

Laura Swan will read from her new book, "The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement." This is a free event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia. 

From the publisher:

The Beguines began to form in various parts of Europe over eight hundred years ago, around the year 1200. Beguines were laywomen, not nuns, and thus did not take solemn vows and did not live in monasteries. The beguines were a phenomenal movement that swept across Europe yet they were never a religious order or a formalized movement. But there were common elements that rendered these women distinctive and familiar, including their common way of life, their unusual business acumen, and their commitment to the poor and marginalized. These women were essentially self-defined, in opposition to the many attempts to control and define them. They lived by themselves or together in so-called beguinages, which could be single houses for as few as a handful of beguines or, as in Brugge and Amsterdam, walled-in rows of houses (enclosing a central court with a chapel) where over a thousand beguines might live--a village of women within a medieval town or city. And each region of Europe has its own beguine stories to tell.
Among the beguines were celebrated spiritual writers and mystics, including Mechthild of Magdeburg, Beatrijs of Nazareth, Hadewijch of Brabant, and Marguerite Porete, who was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake in Paris in 1310.

Attention Olympia musicians and local music fans!

The Olympia Timberland Library's new Olympia Made collection is now open to donations of locally made media--CDs, vinyl records, cassette tapes, DVDs, and VHS--from any point in Olympia's history, as long as condition is good. Items added to the collection will be available for checkout by anyone with a library card!

Questions? Call the library or e-mail amackey@trl.org.

Free Two-Part Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife Class Starts February 5

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Interested in sustainable landscaping practices that can result in reduced maintenance chores, including watering and mowing, while also attracting birds and butterflies? Join Stream Team and WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project for their popular "Naturescaping" workshop on Thursday, February 5  from 6-9 p.m. at the LOTT Wet Science Center, Olympia.In part 1, you'll get the overview you need to put together a draft landscape plan. If you participate in the optional part 2, you'll return on March 5 from 6-9 p.m. to have your personal draft plan reviewed by experts.

The class is free, but you  must register to participate. Go to www.streamteam.info and click on “calendar.” For more information contact WSU Native Plant Salvage Project at nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or 360-867-2167.



David Rovics, Brian McCracken & Meta Pigeon Parade

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TUE- JAN 27- 7PM- 816 Adams St. SE

David Rovics, the world renowned traveling protest radical singer songwriter and former student of Evergreen, is playing at Media Island, 816 Adams St. SE. Opening up for him will be Brian McCracken of Old Growth Poetry Collective and the local folk punk band Meta Pigeon Parade! This is open to all ages. Please donate to help those that create and spread radical music and poetry, pay what you can if you can and give more if able. Buy their music, zines and t-shirts. No alcohol or drugs allowed. Respect each other, the performers and the space.

Inequality: Town Halls for Educational Innovation

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

From today's inbox -

Friday Food Justice Film Series
·         Feb. 13, 1-3pm, Lecture Hall 1: Fed Up
·         Feb. 20, 1-3pm, Lecture Hall 1:  A Place at the Table
·         Feb. 27, 1-3pm, Lecture Hall 3: Food Chains

Food System Inequality Town Hall - March 4, Library 4300
·         9-10:30am – Open House and Student Research Poster Presentations
·         10:30am-12:30pm – World Café Discussions

Inequality: Town Halls for Educational Innovation
, a two year project funded by the Evergreen Fund for Innovation, is designed to bring together a wide range of students, staff, faculty and members of the Olympia community to hold ongoing forums on the unprecedented rise in income and wealth inequality that characterizes U.S. society.  The focus of this quarter’s activity is on inequality in the food system, and is being organized by students and faculty in the academic program Food: Coevolution, Community and Sustainability. Our goals are to build on the success of last quarter’s Town Hall on the topic of student debt, and to facilitate conversations and the identification of solutions to address food system inequality at the campus, community, national and global levels.

Gentle Yoga

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Interested in better health? Join Michelle Walz, certified Radiant Health Yoga instructor, for an evening of deep breathing, relaxation and mindful movement at the Tumwater Timberland Library. These techniques are helpful in decreasing stress and improving overall health. Please come comfortably dressed and ready to move your body and calm your mind. Michelle has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 13 years, and is also certified in Therapeutic Yoga.

Local author Michael Shurgot talks about his memoir "Could You Be Startin' from Somewhere Else?"

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 3:00pm

Local author and retired SPSCC Professor Michael Shurgotwill read and discuss his new memoir "Could You Be Startin' from Somewhere Else?: Sketches from Buffalo and Beyond".  The title is the punch line from an Irish joke the author's mother told every St. Patrick's Day. The obvious answer to the question is "No"; no one can start from somewhere else. With this as his premise, Shurgot explores his early years growing up in a middle-class, multi-ethnic neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, from the late 1940s to the early 1960s to find the roots of his adult life. The book evokes an era and a culture in post-war America that is worthy of remembrance. These "sketches" evoke fond memories of the author's childhood: an exuberant, witty Irish mother; a reserved, quiet Ukrainian father; often turbulent relations between siblings and parents in an era of prescribed parenting roles in traditional families; and the enduring love that kept this family intact during economic hardships and personal difficulties.

This is a free event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Thierry de Duve at Evergreen

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
From today's inbox:
This year’s occupant of Evergreen's Daniel J. Evans Chair in Liberal Arts is Thierry de Duve, a historian and philosopher of art. He is Professor Emeritus from the University of Lille 3, and was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, for the fall semester of 2013. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism(1991), Kant after Duchamp (1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). Recently, he finished a book of essays on aesthetics, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.
Thierry will be at Evergreen weeks 3, 4 and 5. He's scheduled to deliver two public talks on campus and one at the Seattle Art Museum. He will also be teaching in the programs, It’s About Time (faculty Greg Mullins, Shaw Osha and Trevor Speller) and Structures and Strictures: Fiction, Mathematics and Philosophy (faculty Kathleen Eamon, Steven Hendricks, Toshitami Matsumoto and Brian Walter). These talks will be based on the six articles he published in Art Forum last year. 
At Evergreen, he will give two public talks, one on Monday, 1/26 from 5:30-7:30 pm as part of the Critical and Cultural Theory series and a second on Wednesday, 2/4 from 11:30-1:00 pm as part of the Art Lecture Series (we expect this to be quite full). 
In Seattle, Thierry will be giving a lecture at SAM on Thursday, 1/22. 
Funded by a State grant and matching donations from many generous people, The Daniel J.

Torture, Empire, and the CIA

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Takes place at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia 98501.  Free. 

This presentation will focus on the recent Congressional report on the extensive use of torture and other violent actions carried out by the CIA after 9/11.  
∙    What did we learn from the report, and was it really anything new? 
∙    When will the prosecutions come? 

We’ll also discuss the history of the CIA — its origins as a clandestine spy agency,  its role in the emergence of American global power after World War II. 

We’ll talk about what happened in 9/11.  First, what didn’t change – the use even before 9/11 of torture and assassination;  and then what did change – the CIA after 9/11 as a clandestine paramilitary force with black sites, drones and combat capabilities.  

Finally we’ll pose the question:  Is there a role for the CIA in which it contributes something important to our welfare as a nation and yet is firmly under democratic control?   How can we get to that point? 


Dr. David Price, Professor of Anthropology at St. Martin’s University   Author of Weaponizing Anthropology:  Social Science in the Service of the Militarized State and frequent commentator on counterinsurgency and the relationship between the military, CIA and academics.

Dr. Steve Niva, Professor of International Politics at The Evergreen State College   Writes and speaks about the new forms of warfare and violence in the post-9/11 world, including the rise of joint special operations warfare carried out by JSOC and the CIA.

Sponsored by the Green Party of South Puget Sound, contact person Janet Jordan, 360-232-6165

Robert Egger, founder of the DC Central Kitchen, at Evergreen

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Evening and Weekend Studies and the President’s Diversity Fund welcome Robert Egger, founder of the innovative social justice/food justice nonprofit, DC Central Kitchen, on February 3 and 4.

We invite faculty and staff to join a seminar from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, February 3, in Library 1005. We’ll discuss a chapter from Robert’s book, Begging for Change, and an article he wrote for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP and I will send you the articles.

Robert will be our featured speaker at the Evening and Weekend Liberal Arts Forum in the Longhouse, from 6-9 pm on Wednesday, February 4, on "The Power of Community." For the past 25 years, Egger has been challenging the way nonprofits think about their work, how Americans view the homeless and how food is used to help men and women escape poverty. Join us for a provocative, inspirational dialogue about the role you can play in changing your community.

Please join us. Guests are quite welcome.