Spring history seminars on the horizon

By Mitchell Roland - Staff Reporter



The popular History Seminars will be returning in Spring Quarter, but with a new twist.

Now in its ninth year, Highline professor Dr. Tim McMannon said he copied the Science Seminars and has been running his seminars "ever since."

The History Seminars have happened in fall and spring quarter every year since 2009.

Dr. McMannon said that he has three people lined up so far and is looking for more. This year one of the seminars will be a history "show and tell."

Similar to what you did when you were growing up, faculty and staff will be invited to attend with an item that is historically significant and talk about it.

Dr. McMannon said that he is still looking for four more presenters. He said that he does not plan on giving one himself, but that he is a backup plan incase someone else backs out.

The thing that Dr. McMannon looks for in a presentation is a "good story." He said people are not interested in long and boring presentations on history.

"We want to know what happened and why we think it happened," Dr. McMannon said.

The seminars are popular with older people, Dr. McMannon said. The crowd is mostly made up of faculty and retirees, with a few students mixed in. Students can earn one elective credit by signing up for History 190 and going to  the weekly seminars.

The class counts as an elective.

Dr. McMannon said that "people are naturally interested in knowing something about history."

Those who are interested in giving a presentation can contact Dr. Tim McMannon at tmcmannon@highline.edu.

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