Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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DVD Sessions are at PCC CLIMB Center, Room 102. SE Clay at Water Street, across from OMSI. If parking in the PCC parking lot, payment of a parking fee is required. PCC Parking Permits are available from the Site Coordinator for $25 per semester.

Tuesdays 10am-12 noon

Turning Points in Middle Eastern History
  • January 10
    • 25) Selim the Grim - 1512
    • 26) Suleiman the Magnificent - 1520
  • January 17
    • 27) Second Siege of Vienna - 1683
    • 28) The Saud-Wahhabi Pact - 1744
  • January 24
    • 29) Napoleon Invades Egypt - 1798
    • 30) Murder at the Citadel - 1811
  • January 31
    • 31) French Invasion of Algeria - 1830
    • 32) East India Company in Yemen - 1839
  • February 7
    • 33) Egypt, Europe, and the Suez Canal - 1869
    • 34) Discovering Middle East Oil - 1908
  • February 14
    • 35) World War I in the Desert - 1914
    • 36) The Last Caliphate Falls - 1924
  • February 21
    • 1) A Meeting of Two Worlds
    • 2) Wilson & the Breakup of the Ottoman Empire
  • February 28
    • 3) The Interwar Period
    • 4) U.S. & the Middle East During World War II
  • March 7
    • 5) Origins of the Cold War in the Middle East
    • 6) Truman & the Creation of Israel
  • March 14
    • 7) Eisenhower, Cold War & the Middle East
    • 8) The Suez Crisis & Arab Nationalism
  • March 21
    • 9) Kennedy & Middle Eastern Nationalism
    • 10) Johnson—Taking Sides
  • March 28
    • 11) The Six-Day War
    • 12) The Nixon Doctrine & the Middle East

(To be continued Spring Term...)


Mondays, 10am to 12 noon

Poetry Reading Fun – Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6

Know a lot about poetry? Know nothing about poetry? Somewhere in between? There’s a place for you in the very popular class started by Norm Grant and now led by Jan Vaillancourt. We read from a variety of published works. Really FUN!

A Life Entertaining with Comedy and Music - Jan 16

Brian Bressler
Do you enjoy laughing? Brian Bressler does and hopes you do as well. Brian made his way through life by making others laugh, graduating from night clubs to television and film all while living in the City of Roses. His credits include Laugh-In and The Tonight Show. Be prepared to hear him sing some of his "silly songs," and maybe a straight song or two.

The Papermakers—Willamette Falls Industry - Jan 30

Bob Bresky
The entertaining saga begins with the much-ballyhooed open-ing of Oregon Trail pioneer W.W. Buck’s first Oregon paper mill in 1867. Industrial papermaking comes to the west bank of Willamette Falls in 1890, becoming part of America’s second largest paper company in 1928. The West Linn Paper Company continues its proud heritage today.

Sex on Six Legs - Feb 13

Gail Langelloto
Insects are capable of highly complex courting, mating and parenting behaviors, despite having a collection of neurons in place of a brain. Nuptial gifts, maternal care, male ornaments as honest advertisers of health and fitness, female choice and even traumatic insemination: stranger than you could imagine!

History of Flags - Feb 27

Ted Kaye
Ted Kaye, a vexillologist (flag expert) has spoken to us before on various topics. He wrote the guidebook on flag design and consults around the world. The fascinating story of the 2008-09 effort to update the flag of the state of Oregon (he served on the jury that selected the finalist designs). He will also speak broadly on national flags and answer questions using a huge flag that combines the flags of 216 countries.

Surveillance and You - Mar 13

Kristian Williams
This decades-long student and author of many books discusses the state of government surveillance and its dangers. He uses structured discussions to create audience involvement around the importance of privacy.

Current events

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Tuesdays, 1-3pm

Drone Warfare Today - Jan 10

Art La Flamme
The use of drones in warfare changed in 2001. United States first launched Hellfire missiles off of an RQ-1 Predator drone in Afghanistan. Since then, the very nature of drone usage has changed, from intelligence collection tools to being key parts of the targeting and killing process.

U.S. Supreme Court - Jan 17

Allison Gash
As we walk through the Court's history, meandering through landmark decisions, Professor Gash will use her research on law and social policy to highlight the importance of understanding the Court not only as a legal actor but also as a significant source of policy innovation and paralysis. Through this lens, Professor Gash will demonstrate why the Court's makeup--its personalities and its relationships--can make or break American public policy.

The Life & Writings of C.E.S. Wood - Jan 24

(Co-Author) Tim Barnes
Learn about the man who was the most influential cultural figure in Portland during the forty years surrounding the turn of the twentieth century. He helped found the Portland Art Museum, Multnomah County Library and The Portland Rose Festival. He has often been called a soldier, lawyer, poet, painter, raconteur, bon vivant, politician, free spirit, and Renaissance man.

The Science of Spiritual Growth - Jan 31

Glenn Richardson
Glen Richardson of PSU will explain three aspects of human spirituality and seven stages of human spiritual growth from the point of view of the science of human development.

Frank Lloyd Wright & Modern Architecture - Feb 7

Duane Ray
On this 150th Anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday, we will delve into the story behind iconic buildings designed by Wright, such as Falling Water and the Johnson Wax building. He influenced generations of later architects. We will also look at work by Pei, Gehry, Niemeyer and others.

Portland Engages with the World - Feb 14

Tim DuRoche
Presentation and discussion about the Portland World Affairs Council: who they are and why the various programs they support are so important in helping Portlanders engage with the world. This includes lectures with scholars and dignitaries; opportunities to meet and even host international visitors of all ages and backgrounds; education sessions and insightful travel opportunities with the World Affairs Council.

Black History - Feb 21

James Harrison
Hour 1. Beatrice Morrow Cannady. One of the most influential social activist Portlanders in the early years of the twentieth century. She worked hard to advance the conditions and rights of Blacks in the Northwest during the Jim Crow years.
Hour 2. Two high flyers. Look up in the sky—is it a bird, no a plane, actually two aeroplanes flown by a Black woman and a Black man—the stories of two remarkable Americans that inform and amaze.

Gettysburg Part I - Feb 28

Anne McGee
This class will view the Gettysburg DVD, based on Jeff Sharra's Killer Angels historical novel, and discuss the players, the strategies, the events and the impacts of this battle on both Union and Confederate armies as well as the larger implications and outcomes for both sides. The battle took place over 3 days, and so we will spend 3 sessions examining the conflict, one for each day.

Gettysburg Part II - March 7

Anne McGee, This is a continuation of Part I

Gettysburg Part III - March 14

Anne McGee, This is a continuation of Parts I & II

Neighborhood House

Wednesdays, 10am to 12 noon

Family Farming—Willamette Valley - Jan 11

Jon Iverson
We have all seen the signs, "Century Farm" and probably think, "That's a nice piece of Oregon history." But if you are like me, you have no idea of what it takes to keep the farm in the family and run the kind of complex business that meets the multiple challenges facing today's farming family. Jon Iverson, working farmer and President of Clackamas County Farm Bureau, will explore those challenges and the rewards of maintaining the farming tradition of the Willamette Valley. We will learn about the skill set needed to address the myriad of decisions that impact the success of today's farmer.

Part I - Educational Policy Debates in the U.S. - Jan 18

Richard Winters
The development of educational policy and systems has been widely debated. - Public vs. Private? Compulsory public education? - New York created a model.

Part II - Shaping Public Education in the U.S. - Jan 25

Richard Winters
Richard Winters explores the development of the custodial system, the drive to equalize funding, and the consequences of its partial success and its partial failure. He compares the “School Choice” advocates and the political Right’s idea that education should be privatized. Does the future of Public Schooling include both technology and learning?

Dale Chihuly - Artist in Glass - Feb 1

Duane Ray
Chihuly is an internationally known artist in glass and a world wide inspiration to others. The Chihuly Museum in Seattle is unique - and well worth your visit. His installations around the world have met with enthusiasm. This presentation includes many colorful photos of amazing creations and installations.

Media Snake Oil - Feb 8

Duncan Gilman
Social media has been changing the way people get news, find entertainment, and keep up with friends and family. Can you trust everything you see? Gilman will highlight ways in which business and news outlets use social media to influence consumers. Why do advertisements follow you around the internet? Or how you ended up on an unfamiliar email list?

The Right Thing in Our Plural, Religious Society - Feb 15

Dan Sockle
Dan Sockle, author of America’s Jihad, has had a career in intelligence, criminal and civil investigation and collaborated with Rotary "Peacebuilders. He will define “jihad” as having multiple layers of meaning, the highest being “always do the right thing.” He will explore living with our Muslim neighbors.

Oregon Food Bank - Feb 22

Kyle Hummel
Oregon Food Bank is here to save our neighbors in need! Beating something like hunger is hard and it’s big thing to do. Learn how we feed our neighbors in need, why and how important you are in the fight to end hunger in our communities. Together we are strong, together we are going to end hunger.

Voices of Dissent - Mar 1

Dawn Carol
Voices from here and abroad, male and female, historic and contemporary, remind us of what we've gained through the efforts, sacrifices, energies, of those who've championed causes so that respect and dignity might be enjoyed by the disenfranchised and the rest of us. Dawn Carol will introduce presenters Joe Bennett, Phil Levine and Robby Robertson. Informative and provocative!

Women in History - Mar 8

Panel of SSI Women
Speakers will be a panel of SSI women. As for many earlier times, "Each will introduce us to another remarkable female who helped shape the history of our country and the world."

Shanghai Ghetto - Mar 15

Ernie Culman
In 1939 thousands of Jewish refugees escaped Nazi persecution to the only place left open to them: Shanghai, China. At that time the city consisted of an International Settlement, primarily under British control, as well as a French enclave and a section already occupied by Japan. No Visas were required, just a passage by ship. I was one of these refugees and will share my experiences before and during the war years.

Thursdays, 1 to 3pm

House of Savoy - Jan 12

Hoke Harden
We'll take a fast paced and lively trip through history as the original Celtic tribe of Saubadia, the Allobroges, continued to thrive, expand and amass land, wealth and political power. Hoke Harden will describe his journey from his first glimpse of curious building fragments of European history garnered through the wine business to the intense travel and study to ferret out the time line of the royal family. Why did they virtually disappear in the middle of the 20th century?

Attracting Hummingbirds, Song Birds & . . . Jan 19

Jim Kronenberg
A review of hummingbirds, song birds and small animals indigenous to Oregon. Their habits, preferences and requirements to take up residence in your yard and provide you the benefits of pollination, insect control and visual and aural enjoyment. Then he will give a history of Land Grant University Extension Services and the benefits and resources available to each of us.

Book Potpourri - Jan 26

Kathy McCulloch
Tell us about a book you like, a book you don't like, a book of poetry or a cookbook or a romance or any genre,. And if you don't want to talk about a book just come to listen. I guarantee that you will have a list of must-reads when you leave. This class is totally interactive and always popular, always unexpected, always stimulating.

Metro News Reporting - Feb 2

Jim Redden
Jim Redden of the Portland Tribune has been reporting on local events for 30 years, with a focus on City Hall politics, land use planning, and crime stories. He will discuss changes since the Great Recession which are altering the character of the city and the region.

Seeds of Global Unity: 1. Baha'i Faith - Feb 9

John Dale
The Baha'i World Faith arose in 19th century Persia. We explore its origins, its character, and its 21st-century vision throughout the world. (see also Feb 23rd)

Life in Palestine - Feb 16

Art Wright
This is a film Land and Honor by Art Wright. It is largely a road trip through Israel/Palestine. Part observational part poetic, the film includes visits with residents of Palestine from many walks of life in an attempt to clarify contemporary issues there. Included in the film is author Zaha Handoush who was in Palestine researching her recent novel Die Standing Like Trees.

Seeds of Global Unity: 2. Esperanto - Feb 23

John Dale
Whatever happened to the international language, Esperanto? Well, it's alive and vigorous worldwide, especially on the Internet. Learn all about its activities even here in Oregon. (See also Feb 9th)

From Policeman to PI: True Tales - Mar 2

Mike Maunder
When Mike Maunder retired from the police force, he started his own private investigator company. Mike will present an actual case involving an innocent man facing the death penalty for a murder robbery. This case shows what could happen if due diligence is not done with police investigations. Mike will also address what was printed in the media about the case. This promises to be an informative and interesting first-hand account.

History of Cooking - Mar 9

Kathy McCulloch
(. . . mmm good!) Food is the history of civilization. Let's explore the use of food and its preparations from 2000 BCE to today, from the tombs of Egypt to the wheat fields of this country. Bring your favorite bib and prepare to sample!

About Wales - and Welshmen - Mar 16

Mary Ann Spear
It’s all about Wales & Welshmen! We will show some areas of Wales and then talk about Welsh people. Several famous Americans are Welsh - Frank Lloyd Wright, signers of the Declaration of Independence, . . .