Mary Marki is a World Civilizations professor at Long Beach City College. Professor Marki has earned both a Bachelors and Masters degree in History from California State University, Fullerton and has done post-graduate research in Mexico, Switzerland and Chile. She spent over a year working as a full-time Western Civilizations instructor at ABAC University in Thailand. After living and teaching abroad for several years, Ms. Marki has settled in southern California where she can pursue her twin passions; teaching history and traveling the world. She continues to engage in historical research and is presently working on a second volume to her publication Voices of World History: Antiquity to Pre-Modern Times.
"The study of History has helped cultivate a passion for world cultures which inspired me to pursue my interests abroad once I completed my graduate degree. Following my studies, I spent nearly five years overseas learning languages, teaching and doing research in Europe, Asia and South America. These experiences not only furthered my expertise in the field of History but have given me a unique ability to identify with other cultures, resulting in a deep respect for diverse backgrounds. I attempt to utlize my travels and research in the classroom in order to engage and teach students about the fascinating peoples, places and events of World History."
"My courses are a general survey of the world’s cultures and peoples. The focus will be on a wide spectrum of human creativity and endeavor including intellectual thought, beliefs, art, scientific and technical advance, socio-political organizations and economic trends as well as significant events and people. "The dynamics of change will be questioned and analyzed throughout the time period. Emphasis is placed on themes that exert a continuing influence on the present.
"Classes are of a lecture-discussion type. Participation is encouraged! At the beginning of each class we review important material covered the class before. By the end of the course you should be able to identify and explain significant key events, people, places and trends within history. In short, you will have acquired some historical knowledge!"
-Professor Mary Marki
Professor Marki with her Western Civilizations course at ABAC University, Thailand, 2003