Western Science Center Fall 2014 Lecture Series in Collaboration with MSJC

Journeys, Expeditions, and Voyages
Intellectual Growth and Cultural Change Through Travel
Thursday Nights, 7:00 pm
Western Science Center Theatre
2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet, 92543
Free to Members
$5.00 for Students with I.D.
$8.00 for Non-Members
September 4th, 2014
Journey to the Origin of an Idea: Alfred Wallace the Forgotten Discoverer of Natural Selection
Speaker: Dr. Nick Reeves, MSJC Biology Professor
Sometimes a journey leads to more than a new place. Alfred Wallace's journeys to the Amazon rainforest and the Malay Archipelago revealed a revolutionary way of thinking about nature. In this lecture, the forgotten naturalist Wallace will be reexamined and his improbable and death defying path from obscurity to scientific immortality will be revealed.
October 2nd, 2014
Bridging Worlds: The Iwakura Mission and Recasting Japan’s Position on the Global Stage
Speaker: Christina Yamanaka, MSJC History Professor
After centuries of self-imposed isolation, leaders of the Japanese government embarked on a mission to the Western world in 1871 in search of new political and cultural models that would help galvanize the industrial and modern transformation of their country. These government travelers, inspired by their years abroad, will enact policies to further distance Japan from its feudal heritage, provoking a samurai rebellion, a restructuring of social institutions, and a questioning of Japanese identity in the wake of Western influence. This comprehensive and often painful transformation that Iwakura Mission travelers helped orchestrate, will ultimately lead to Japan ascending the world’s stage and becoming a global powerhouse by the beginning of the twentieth century.
November 6th, 2014
The Lotus Eaters: Expatriate European Artists in Bali before WW II
Speaker: John Seed, MSJC Art Professor
John Seed will talk about important European artists – including Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet and Romualdo Locatelli – and show examples of their work, while also discussing how the Hindu culture of Bali affected their imagery.
December 4th, 2014
Travel as a Political Act
Speaker: Stacey Searl-Chapin, MSJC Political Science Professor
In this presentation, Dr. Stacey Searl-Chapin will explore a surprising dimension of popular television travel host Rick Steves, his politics. How can one be a mindful, political traveler? What are the social and political implications of such an approach to travel? The discussion will center on the country of Iran as a case study.