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September 19, 2011 - June 15, 2012
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The Evergreen State College Traveling Seminar Series Presents:

Public Higher Education in Crisis: Redefine or Recommit?

November 12, 2011, Olympia, WA

A group discussion co-facilitated by Dr. Rudy Martin, Evergreen Faculty Member Emeritus, and Dr. Lee Lambert ‘87, President, Shoreline Community College

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Programs and the Evergreen Alumni Association

Program Overview

This seminar will start with a few premises:

  • That we need to engage our best thinking in focusing on the goals and mission of higher education in light of such pressing issues as changing economics, technology and the globalized world order.
  • That since it is a pillar of American democracy, public higher education requires our greatest defense.
  • That we need to consider essential questions like access, quality and cost as we develop "best steps" to support our goals.
  • That we must invest whatever resources are necessary to reinforce and secure the place of public higher education in American society.

Join us in collaborative, creative and critical thinking about an issue that is vital to us all.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
4:00–5:00 pm Reception
5:00–7:00 pm Seminar
5115 Klahanie Drive NW, Olympia 99502
Hosted by Evergreen Provost Michael Zimmerman and Andrea Gullickson
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served 
Limit of 25 Seminar Participants
$20 per person
Register now

Seminar Facilitators
Dr. Rudy Martin, Faculty Member Emeritus, The Evergreen State College

One of Evergreen's 18 founding faculty members, Rudy Martin served as Faculty Chair, Academic Dean and in a variety of other functions at the college. He describes himself as “a relatively unusual creature, a Western African-American, born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1935 and transplanted to California's Monterey Peninsula in 1943.”, During the 27 years he spent at Evergreen, he taught with a large number of faculty members in a wide range of academic offerings in the humanities and arts, usually stressing American/African-American culture and writing. He retired in June 1997 “to write, travel with my wife Gail and spoil our grandchildren.”

Dr. Lee Lambert ‘87
Dr. Lee D. Lambert is the president of Shoreline Community College. A leader and advocate for technical college education and community innovation and change, Lee is also a champion for internationalization, closing the achievement gap, environmental sustainability and 21st-century technologies to increase access and outcomes for students. His work has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Pacific Regional Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.

Dr. Michael Zimmerman, Academic Vice President, Provost, The Evergreen State College

Prior to his appointment at Evergreen, Michael Zimmerman was Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College. He received his Ph.D. in ecology from Washington University in St. Louis and an A.B. degree in geography from the University of Chicago. Michael’s ecology work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Philosophical Society, among others. An elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has professional interests in science literacy and the evolution-creation controversy. He founded The Clergy Letter Project, an international organization devoted to demonstrating the compatibility of religion and science. Michael's book, Science, Nonscience, and Nonsense: Approaching Environmental Literacy, was published in 1995 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Dr. Andrea Gullickson
Andrea Gullickson is a faculty member in the Stages of Discovery: Revolutions in Art and Science program this year. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa. She was a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Music at both the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Butler University. An oboe soloist, Andrea has performed at concerts throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Suggested Advance Viewing Assignment

7 skills students need for their future,” YouTube video presentation by Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group. 

Remarks by Thomas Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, National Governors Association Annual Meeting, C-SPAN Video Library 

Your regular, yearly gifts to the Evergreen Annual Fund are vital to the continued support of students and faculty. Thank you.

The goal of the Traveling Seminar Series is to bring together members of the extended Evergreen community to rekindle the joy of intellectual exploration.