Lecture Series

MCC Lecture Series Opens with ‘The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ on Sept. 23

The MCC Lecture Series opens the 2021-22 academic year on Thursday, Sept. 23 with Keith St. Clair, professor of political science at Grand Rapids Community College, discussing “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

Keith St. Clair

Keith St. Clair

The online presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. To join the Zoom meeting, please use the following link: https://muskegoncc-edu.zoom.us/j/95287125323  Meeting ID: 952 8712 5223 To connect to audio by phone, dial 1-646-558-8656.

St. Clair will examine the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict up to the present day. Although both parties have long histories that complicate matters, many of the reasons for the current conflict began in the 19th century. The internal divisions within the Israeli and Palestinian communities that make a resolution more difficult today will also be examined, as well as how those divisions play into the politics of the region. The talk will conclude with a look at where the peace process has stalled and where it may eventually lead.

For more information on the MCC Lecture Series, contact coordinator Andy Wible at (231) 777-0626 or andy.wible@muskegoncc.edu.

More Online Lectures During the Fall 2021 Semester

“Mechanisms of Associative Learning in the Aging Brain”
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.

Dr. John Disterhoft
Magerstadt Memorial Research Professor, Department of Physiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

“Entertaining Propaganda? How State-run Media in China Reinvent Themselves on Digital Platforms”
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Sheng Zou,
Post Doctoral Fellow
Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan

Previous MCC Lecture Series Topics

  • Participatory Ecologies & The House of Dust: Alison Knowles Expanded Publics – March 24, 2021
    Dr. Nicole L Woods, an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, re-examined Fluxus artist Alison Knowles’s digital poem and environments. Click here to view the March 24 lecture
  • “Using Anthropology to Understand COVID-19 and the Pandemic” – Feb. 18, 2021
    “Evin Rodkey, Ph.D., Anthropology Instructor at MCC.  Correction from the presenter: please note I accidentally call the virus the “19th version” instead of the “2019 version” (probably from looking at “19” on the screen when talking). Thank you, Evin Rodkey. Click here to view the Feb. 18 lecture
  • Submarines, Volcanoes, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life” – Jan. 21, 2021 Dr. Shannon Kobs Nawotniak, associate professor at Idaho State University working in its Volcanology Research Lab, Geology Co-Lead on the NASA FINESSE project and Deputy Principal Investigator on the NASA BASALT project. Click here to view the Jan. 21 lecture
  • Charting How Wealth Shapes Educational Pathways from Childhood to Early Adulthood: A Developmental Process Model” – Oct. 29, 2020
    Matthew Diemer, Ph.D.,University of Michigan Professor of Education. Click here to view the Oct. 29 lecture
  • “Civility: Its Uses and Abuses in Public Discourse” – Oct. 1, 2020
    John Corvino, Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University. Click here to view the Oct. 1 lecture
  • Why STEM (Still) Lacks Diversity” – Jan. 30, 2020
    Dr. Michael Kilburn,director of Outreach and Education at the University of Notre Dame’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics Center for the Evolution of Elements
  • “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter and How They Changed America” – Oct. 30, 2019
    Dr. Jennifer Cobbina, an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, and author of Hands Up, Don’t Shoot
  • “Building Bridges Across Racial Divides” – Oct. 3, 2019
    Larry Feldman, M.D., and Sandy Feldman, M.S.W., educators and consultants, adjunct instructors at Lake Michigan College, practicing psychotherapists and authors of Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide.
  • “From Big Data to Big Wisdom” – April 11, 2019
    Dr. Andrew Targowski, Professor Emeritus of Business Information Systems at Western Michigan University, author and a pioneer of applied information systems in Poland
  • “Shadow Imagery in Cold War Culture” – Feb. 20, 2019
    Dr. Erik Mortenson, literary scholar, writer, translator, and writing center consultant at Lake Michigan College
  • “Why Not Lying is Not Enough” – Oct. 11, 2018
    Sherman Clark, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School
  • “Ethical Challenges to Advance Care Planning” – April 16, 2018
    Devan Stahl, an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
  • “Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of disease” – March 15, 2018
    Dr. Trevor Hoppe, assistant professor of sociology at SUNY Albany, and author of Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of sickness
  • Names Writ in Water: Mythology, Symbolism, and the Natural World,” – Oct. 26, 2017 MCC English Instructor Michael Johnson
  • “Current and Emerging Water Resource Issues Facing the Planet” – Oct. 2, 2017
    Dr. Alan D. Steinman, the  Allen and Helen Hunting Director and Professor at Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon
  • “Take on Hate: Silence is Not an Option” – Feb. 2, 2017
    Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature and an adviser to the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE
  • “Indian Children in American History” – Nov. 17, 2016
    Matthew Fletcher
  • “Mindfulness: Practice and Benefits” – Oct. 5, 2016
    Dat Pham, PharmD, CDM
  • “Ancient Rome and Human Sacrifice – Jan. 28. 2016
    Dr. Celia Schultz,  University of Michigan faculty member and author/researcher on Roman religion and the history and literature of the Roman Republic
  • “The Importance of Myth: A Panel Discussion” – Oct. 29, 2015
    Andy Wible, Instructor of Philosophy at MCC; Michael Johnson, Instructor of English; Alfredo Hernandez, Instructor of World Religions; and Bill Utrecht, Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.