The Gadfly Cafe will open this semester for three conversations about issues that concern us all. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to drop in for these informal discussions to be held in the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities.
The talks for the fall will be on Wednesdays from 12:30PM to 1:30 PM.
As always, these are informal discussions and you are welcome to arrive late or leave early.
Education: Virture, Commodity, or Universal Right?
Abortion, Parenting & Individual Responsibility
Reparations: For Nations and For Races
In anticipation of Jared Diamond’s visit to Bakersfield College, April 6th, the Levan Center for the Humanities is sponsoring a special book reading group on Diamond’s latest book: The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? *
Faculty and Staff are invited to join a special Book Reading Group, led by Moya Arthur, to read and discuss this fascinating book, Friday, April 1st, from 10-12am in the Levan Center. If you would like to be included in this group, please contact Moya Arthur, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 29th. The group is limited to 20 participants. The Levan Center for the Humanities will be supplying the books, and these will be distributed to participants the first week of February.
* Review of The World Until Yesterday, by Vanessa Bush, in published in Booklist, “In the broader scope of evolution, it was only “yesterday” 11,000 years ago when we progressed from hunter-gatherer groups to modern states. Along the way, we’ve changed the ways we resolve disputes, raise children, care for the old, practice faith, nourish ourselves, communicate, and a host of other mundane and monumental human activities. Diamond, author of the highly acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel (1999) and Collapse (2005), offers a penetrating look at the ways we have evolved by comparing practices of traditional societies and modern and industrialized societies. Diamond draws on his fieldwork in New Guinea, the Amazon, Kalahari, and other areas to compare the best and most questionable customs and practices of societies past and present. Diamond does not idealize traditional societies, with smaller populations and more interest in maintaining group harmony than modern societies organized by governments seeking to maintain order, but he does emphasize troubling trends in declining health and fitness as industrialization has spread to newly developing nations. In this fascinating book, Diamond brings fresh perspective to historic and contemporary ways of life with an eye toward those that are likely to enhance our future. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Publicity and television and media appearances will be full-throttle for Diamond, an acclaimed scholar and best-selling writer and opinion-shaper.”