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"Go West" at Coe's Thursday Forum

Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8613 or lzingula@coe.edu

2008-10-15 11:14:34 - General

The history of the American West has captured the attention of a wide range of audiences.Beginning Oct. 30, that audience will be Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series with "'Go West, Young Man': The American West and the Development of the American Character."

Making her Thursday Forum debut, Assistant Professor of History Melody Miyamoto will present the lure of the West and the ways it affected the American Dream and, thus, American character.This forum exposes a West full of colorful characters, triumphant stories, and a multitude of perspectives.

Miyamoto will define the West as both a place and a process for Indigenous Peoples, Whites, and many other forgotten cultures.Topics will include exploration, expansion and exploitation as the idea of manifest destiny is analyzed. The focus will include missionaries, Gold Rushers, Mormons, the trans-continental railroads, cowboys and outlaws, and the movement of Indigenous Peoples onto reservations.

The forum concludes by placing the West in the context of the 20th and 21st centuries. Miyamoto will go beyond the "Myth of the West" to address current issues and examine how Westerners shape American character even today.

The lectures are held Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 - please note there is no Thursday Forum on Nov. 27 due to Thanksgiving - in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins at 9:15 a.m. and lasts until about 11:30 a.m. The course is open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost of the four-part series is $30, or $10 per week.

For more information, call (319) 399-8561.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "'Go West Young Man': The American West and the Development of the American Character" - Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 13, 20
  • "Memoir of the Middle East" - Dec. 4, 11
  • "Between Town Hall & Cathedral: The Rise of Siena and Florence" - Jan. 8, 15
  • "The World of the Harp" - Jan. 22, 29
  • "The Catalan Case: Past, Present and Future of a Nation Without a State" - Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • "The Photographic Truth" - March 5, 19, 26 and April 2
  • "Four Musicals that Have Helped 'Save' Broadway" - April 9, 16, 23, 30