Lifelong Learning Lectures

Fall 2014 Lifelong Learning Series
Oct 16—Nov 20, 2014

**Lectures are held at the Ruby Sisson Library in the large meeting room on Thursdays from 6:00-7:15 pm.**
No registration is required. Lectures are free.


Thursday October 16, 2014

“The Making of Lucky Henry Walker”

John Porter

Hurricane Katrina created tens of thousands of Gulf Coast refugees. John and Beth Porter fostered a rescue dog from the disaster. John will tell Henry’s story and its evolution from a thank you note, to a writing project and a solo performance. He will discuss the Ninth Ward of New Orleans nine years after with implications for disaster preparation and how pets affect our lives.

Thursday October 23, 2014

“A Brainy Talk”

Jean Strahlendorf, PhD

What chemical changes occur in our brains that cause neurological disease? Where do these chemical imbalances occur in our brain? How can we medically treat these disorders and enhance our brain function? Jean will explore these questions and explain basic brain function and consequences to behavior, personality, memory, and identity when brain chemistry misfires.

Thursday October 30, 2014

“Halloween Traditions Around The World”

Julie Loar

Celebrations and rituals that honor the dead have similar symbols and icons in cultures around the world from Japan to Mexico and Russia to South America. Learn how people honor their ancestors and try to understand the  unseen world that lies beyond our physical existence.

Thursday November 6, 2014

“Saving Southwest Forests”

J.R. Ford, Owner, Pagosa Land Co.

Forest restoration protects the watershed, decreases risk of wildfires, creates local jobs and brings power to our homes through biomass fuel. The goal of this process is to return forests to pre-human settlement conditions and use the woody residue for energy.

Thursday November 13, 2014

“What Does God Look Like?”

Leanne Gobel

Throughout human history the divine has been represented visually on cave walls, in sculpted bone and ivory, carved into pottery , painted on walls, paper, and canvas  and even captured in photographs. Leanne will look at ancient and contemporary images of “god” created by men and women around the world and across time.

Thursday  November 20, 2014

Living And Working With Rescued Wolves”

Paula Watson

Wolves have long suffered because of myth, ignorance, and misinformation, cruelty and prejudice. They are not vicious man-killers, nor are they cuddly Disney characters. Come and learn the truth about these amazing animals- their physical attributes, communication skills, behavior and life cycles. Hear amazing stories from Paula Watson, Director of WolfWood, about what goes into caring for the more than 80 wolves and wolf/dogs that have a forever  home at her refuge in Igancio, CO in La Plata County.

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