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Economic Profile of a Country  
Planned Communities
History Museum Visit
Visit a Historic Site or Historic Home in the Region  
Children of Conflict  
Sex Education  
Iris or Eden  
A Time to Speak  
Taking Marriage Private  
Attend a Mental Health Lecture/Seminar

The Case for Ending Cannabis Prohibition

SCC Events on Campus

St. Charles Community College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Please email accessibilityservice@stchas.edu with your accommodations request. It is recommended that you contact the college 10 business days prior to the event. See Accessibility for Campus Guests.

Addiction

Noon Feb. 5, 2014
SSB Auditorium

Many individuals do not view addiction as a treatable disease, and some may even think that they are immune to it. However, chemical abuse does alter the function of the brain to create a real threat to which every human is susceptible. This lesson explores the topic of addiction and discusses the definition of addiction as well as some of the recent science behind it. Additionally, it provides explanation for psychological vs. physical addiction, risk factors and drug use vs. drug abuse.

Presented by Kathi McKenzie, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

"42" Film

7 p.m. Feb. 5, 2014
SSB Auditorium

In 1946, Jackie Robinson is a Negro League baseball player who never takes racism lying down. Branch Rickey is a Major League team executive with a bold idea. To that end, Rickey recruits Robinson to break the unspoken color line as the first modern African American Major League player. As both anticipate, this proves a major challenge for Robinson and his family as they endure unrelenting racist hostility on and off the field, from player and fan alike. As Jackie struggles against his nature to endure such abuse without complaint, he finds allies and hope where he least expects it.

More information on IMDB.com

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@gmail.com
636-922-8544

Making Things in Madagascar

10 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014
SSB Auditorium

Life on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar differs in some important ways from the life most of us are familiar with here in the United States. William Griffin, SCC professor of anthropology, will discuss the economics of daily life for the people of Madagascar in terms of how they produce the things they need in a non-industrial context. Consideration will also be given to how these productions are damaging what is left of the tropical rain forest in that country.

Contact Information:

Will Griffin
wgriffin@stchas.edu
636-922-8465

Neuroplasticity in Amputees

10 a.m. March 10, 2014
SSB Auditorium

Contact Information:

Mitch Harden
mharden@stchas.edu
636-922-8495

Mental Illness: Is It Just a Different Brain?

1 p.m. March 11, 2014
SSB Auditorium

Our understanding of mental illness has advanced rapidly over the past few decades. New tools in genetics and neuroscience have uncovered significant pieces of the puzzle. Scientists also agree that key environmental risk factors are what link these pieces together. The aim of this presentation is to explain what may cause mental illness based on the collective effects of basic brain mechanisms and the environments.

Contact Information:

Vi Rajagopalan
vrajagopalan@stchas.edu
636-922-8624

"Tracy and Jess" Film and Discussion

6:30 p.m. March 12, 2014
SSB Auditorium

“Tracy and Jess” documentary; Q&A by filmmaker Jim Dreyer and dementia-sufferer and documentary star Jess Dreyer.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Adolescence and Crime - Doesn't the Brain Make Me Innocent?

1 p.m. March 13, 2014
SSB Auditorium

This presentation will focus on the development of the prefrontal cortex as well as the emotion regulation centers in the brain, including whether the development of these areas impact teen delinquency and decision making, and if teens should be held responsible for their crimes. (Should teens be tried as adults or children who made irrational choices because of immature brain development?)

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information:

Marvin Tobias
mtobias@stchas.edu
636-922-8552

The Case for Ending Cannabis Prohibition

10 a.m. April 3, 2014
SSB Auditorium

Presented by John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation

Mr. Payne graduated from Washington University in 2005 with a B.A. in history. He taught high school social studies before working as a public policy analyst at the Show-Me Institute. Currently, he serves as the executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, is a board member of Alumni for Liberty and is a Republican committeeman for the city of St. Louis.

Contact Information:

Paul Roesler
proesler@stchas.edu
636-922-8265