A panel discussion taking place on Jan. 27, 7:00 on Zoom. Three West Shore Community College professors present several different perspectives on the science of our warming planet: Professor of Biology Dr. Paul Bilinski will talk about renewable resources and fossil fuels; Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Eric McLearon will discuss diseases, flooding, and mass migration; and Professor of Chemistry Dr. Sonja Siewert will address weather changes.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, items have disappeared from store shelves and prices have increased. What is the supply chain, and why is it broken?  Jason Brand and Anthony D’Ambrosio, both executives at the international firm Supply Chain Solutions, will explain how supply chains work on large and small levels.

“If you’ve been curious to understand what is going on with supply chain issues, these guys are the total experts,” said Dr. Matt Sanderson, chair of the humankind planning team. “They will define the supply chain and explain the major components involved in it. They will discuss the recent problems with the supply chain as well as the role of the pandemic in those problems. They will also look forward to the future and talk about possible innovations that may develop in response to recent supply chain issues. This will be a very informative session for anyone who wants to understand more about this pressing issue in our society today.” 

“While it has been a challenging decade for US businesses – first with the sweeping tariffs on China, then with the extreme imbalance in the global shipping environment – I hope, through this talk, we can convey that there has never been a better time for innovation in our industry,” said Jason Brand, one of the panelists for this event. “The low-hanging fruit in our sector has never been so ripe, and we need fresh minds to come to join us and rethink the world of international logistics and help change the way the world does business.”

West Shore Community College is pleased to announce a humankind event on March 16th at 7pm. This event will be a WSCC faculty panel discussion of the novel, The Women of the Copper Country. This event is also part of the college’s participation in the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read. The Women of the Copper Country is Mary Dora Russell’s imaginative retelling of the 1913-1914 Copper Country Strike in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The novel looks at this important event from multiple points of view, but primarily through the eyes of the determined women who were leaders of the strike, particularly America’s “Joan of Arc” Annie Clements.      

“West Shore’s participation in the Great Michigan Read is particularly special this year because it coincides with the college’s ongoing humankind theme of ‘movement,’” according to WSCC Professor of English and Education, Seán Henne, who chaired the Great Michigan Read’s regional selection committee. “The novel focuses attention on the role of immigrant communities in the cultural and economic development of the state.   A novel as intense as this one provides a powerful starting point from which we can try to have better conversations about the intersections of immigration, culture, labor, religion, poverty, and just growing up in America, both during the 1910s and today.” 

Henne will participate in the panel discussion to offer his perspective as a Professor of English on the novel’s literary achievement.   He will be joined by his colleagues Mike Nagle, Professor of History, and Dr. Sonja Siewert, Professor of Chemistry.   Nagle will use his historical expertise to address issues of immigration, working conditions, and the historical accuracy of this work of fiction while Dr. Siewert will address the novel from a scientific perspective, for example explaining the geology of that part of the upper peninsula and discussing the processes used to turn ore into purified metals.