Western Science Center Lecture Series

A lecture series on Imperialism & Colonialism at the Western Science Center in Hemet begins February 7th
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $8 Non-member, $5 Students (with ID)
Free to WSC Members
A lecture series developed in collaboration with Mt. San Jacinto College
February 7th: High Imperialism in the Age of High Technology: The European Measure of the World (1870-1914)
- Jim Davis, Ph.D., MSJC History Professor
Europeans dominated the world to an unprecedented extent at the end of nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. That dominance emerged from Europe's Second Industrial Revolution, a
period of economic development based on new technologies. While these technologies fueled the
western economy, they also enabled Europeans to dominate a large measure of the globe.
March 7th: Pandemic: Paving the Way for Colonialism
- Pam Ford, MSJC Anthropology Professor
When an epidemic strikes a continent or hemisphere never before hit by that disease, the ramifications are infinite. The smallpox pandemic in the New World made colonization a relatively simple process for the invaders from Europe and a nightmare for those who were already living here.
April 11th: Crop Imperialism
- Jason Hlebakos, MSJC Environmental Studies Professor
Examines the role of the developed world in spreading green revolution mega crops and agricultural
techniques around the globe to the detriment of locally-adapted landrace biodiversity and traditional
agricultural practices.
May 2nd: Balls, Bats and Chants: Indigenous Responses to Colonialism
- Erik Ozolins, MSJC Anthropology Professor
Although colonialism often causes the complete loss of culture among indigenous societies, many cultures have come up with interesting cultural blends that manage to preserve aspects of their
traditional behavior.
For more information contact Erik Ozolins, MSJC Department of Anthropology, at 951-639-5725 or eozolins@msjc.edu
Western Science Center
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