Free lecture series to return to Fort Lewis College

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Free lecture series to return to Fort Lewis College

Topics include climate change, the Inca Empire
Durango cartoonist and artist Judith Reynolds sketched Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson to accompany the two-part lecture set for Sept. 20 and 21 at the Durango Arts Center.
Life-Long Learning lecture series

All lectures will be held at Fort Lewis College’s Noble Hall Room 130 unless otherwise noted. All are free and open to the public.
Sept. 14: Deborah Lycan, director of biochemistry/molecular biology at Lewis & Clark College, will open the fall series with “CRISPR: Transforming Biomedical Research – Opportunities and Dangers.”Sept. 20 and 21: “Two Presidents who Transformed the West: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.” Scholar-actors Steven Edenbo and Bob Gleason will give the presentation at the Durango Arts Center.Sept. 28: “Promoting the National Parks in the Depression Era.” Cory Pillen, assistant professor of art history at FLC, will discuss how governmental agencies promoted a balance between use and preservation in national parks during the 1930s.Oct. 5: “Why Should You be Concerned about Population Growth in the USA?” John Seager, president and CEO of Population Connection in Washington, D.C., and former member of the Environmental Protection Agency, will examine how education might improve the lives of our children on our planet.Oct. 12: “‘One of These Days, Alice,’ What is Domestic Violence and How is it Treated?” Dolores T. Mazurkewicz, retired psychotherapist and domestic violence treatment provider, will explore and provide examples of types of domestic violence plus treatment programs.Oct. 19: “Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits.” Chip Colwell, senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will examine the controversies over repatriation and ask how to balance religious, scientific and academic concepts of freedom.Oct. 26: “Can Technology Solve the World’s Water and Sanitation Problems?” Christie Chatterley, FLC assistant professor of engineering, will examine nonprofit innovations and ask if these interventions are effective.Nov. 2: “Sanskrit: The Language of Indian Civilization.” Bill Malandra, former professor of pre-Islamic civilizations of India and Iran, will examine the connections between Sanskrit and European languages.Nov. 9: FLC symposium on climate change, 1 to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, will be lectures and discussions featuring Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.Nov. 16: “After Death – Then What?” Dennis Aronson, retired senior instructional designer for California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and former Peace Corps volunteer, will examine research findings regarding reincarnation, near-death experiences and intimations of past lives.Nov. 30: “In the Footsteps of the Inca.” Gary Rottman, retired scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, will discuss the Inca Empire and its dramatic decline after the Spanish invasions based on research and his recent experience walking the Inca Trail.

Free lecture series to return to Fort Lewis College

Durango cartoonist and artist Judith Reynolds sketched Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson to accompany the two-part lecture set for Sept. 20 and 21 at the Durango Arts Center.
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