PubliCalendar: An American Reckoning

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Darren Davis February 16, 2015

For Monday
Christian Appy's American Reckoning

In his book American Reckoning, the most important domestic legacy from the Vietnam War (other than the hundreds of thousands of lives either lost or otherwise ruined) is how the war completely shook up our national identity. Turns out, America can lose. And lose ungracefully. 

Appy argues it was the hangover from this particular defeat that has profoundly influenced everything thereafter, from popular culture to current Middle East policy. His talk will break down these points, as well as offer advice on how to move forward.

Christian Appy's 'American Reckoning,' Mon, Feb 16, 7:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

For Tuesday

Increasing U.S. Access for International Tourists, Students and Workers

In what should be a real barn burner of a party, the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and the Washington Council on International Trade for a panel discussion about international visas and how they affect Seattle in terms of dollars.

In short, as a hub for tech, education, and tourism, Seattle attracts a lot of internationals looking to work, learn, and take selfies in our city. But does the U.S. visa system help or impede these would-be Seattleites, and what effect does it have on our local economy.

Panelists include U.S. representative from Washington's First District Suzan DelBene, Stewart Verdery of the Monument Policy Group, and Visit Seattle's VP of communications David Blandford.

Increasing U.S. Access for International Tourists, Students and Workers, Tue, Feb 17, 3:30pm, Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce 1301 Fifth Ave, Ste 1500, $30

Advance Notice for February 23

Marching In, On, and From Selma, 1965: We Shall Overcome

In the final installment of the five-part lecture series, University of Washington professor David Domke unpacks the events of 1965, where the public was faced with horrific images of civil rights marchers beaten in Alabama, followed by President Lyndon Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act.

The lecture series, entitled Marching to Selma: How MLK, LBJ, and the Civil Rights Movement Changed the World, aims to examine Dr. Martin Luther King's historic march, and break down each of the important movements that converged there.

Marching In, On, and From Selma, 1965: We Shall Overcome, Mon, Feb 23, 7pm, UW Kane Hall Rm 130, 4069 Spokane Ln, $40 

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