Porterville College

March C.H.A.P. looks at the Great War & Climate Change

Porterville College’s Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) will continue its spring schedule at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in the PC Theater with “A Century of Disaster: The Dark Legacy of the Great War” presented by PC History Professor, Jay Hargis.

In 1914 Europeans rushed to destroy their world in what we now call World War I. Over the next four years more and more parts of the world, including the United States, were drawn into this conflict. The myth of the war is that it ended in victory in 1918, but in truth, the problems it created and/or failed to solve have smoldered on over a century to the present day. Its legacy of death, disease and continuing conflict threaten us all.

The talk will take place from 7-8 p.m.in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required for the event.

On Friday, March 20 don’t miss a special C.H.A.P. talk entitled “Climate and Ancient Civilizations: An Archaeologist Looks at Cooling and Warming” with Professor Emeritus at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Brian Fagan.

Did climatic shifts collapse civilizations? How did rising sea levels affect history? Have El Niños changed human societies beyond recognition? Dr. Fagan, renowned author and archaeologist takes us on a 10,000 year journey as he describes the complex relationships between a wide variety of human societies and long– and short-term climate change. He shows us how today’s warming world has roots that go back deep into the past. The talk will take place from 7-8 p.m.in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required for the event.

On Wednesday, March 25 enjoy a special lunchtime presentation titled “From Home Front to Front Lines: Women and the Great War” presented by PC History Professor Rebecca Baird.

The First World War marked a transformation in women’s lives, both in Europe and in the United States. Societal norms were turned upside-down as women flooded the workforce and gained new political rights. The Great War touched women’s lives in profound ways, altering their place in society and opening the path for continued change.

The talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.in the PC Theater.  The event is open to the public and free to attend. Please visit the front desk to obtain a parking permit for the event.

The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) was organized in 2002 to enhance students' awareness of certain important aspects of our society to which they may previously have had little or no exposure. A theme is chosen by CHAP members each school year, and faculty members across the campus are encouraged to integrate elements of that theme into their coursework. Additionally, a variety of field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and videos are presented throughout the year and are all open to the public. For more information about C.H.A.P. call Richard Osborne at (559) 791-2298.

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