UW-Stevens Point: Free community lectures feature national and local topics

Faculty experts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will discuss a wide variety of national topics such as the 2012 election and local topics such as Wisconsin air quality in a public lecture series offered throughout the coming academic year.

The College of Letters and Science Community Lecture Series will be held on select Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Pinery Room at the Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main St., Stevens Point. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The first of eight lectures, “The Geospatial Revolution: Reshaping the World with Geo-based Technologies” will be held Thursday, September 13, presented by Keith Rice, professor of geography and director of the Geographic Information Systems Center at UW-Stevens Point.

“These scholars bring with them ‘real world’ experience used in the process of mentoring and guiding our students toward fulfilling and economically important careers,” said Christopher Cirmo, dean of the College of Letters and Science. “At the same time, faculty members are available to the community as a brain trust to engage and assist in all aspects of our complex lives. This is an opportunity to meet them, see what they do and ask questions.”

The Community Lecture Series follows with more information online:

* September 13 – The Geospatial Revolution: Reshaping the World with Geo-based Technologies, Keith Rice, Department of Geography and Geology

* October 11 – The 2012 Election: To Infinity and Beyond – Or Not , Dennis Riley, Department of Political Science

* November 8 – Raising the Thanksgiving Turkey: History, Nature, Culture, Neil Prendergast, Department of History

* December 13 – Let’s play tag with “Jumping-genes”: Soybean research at UWSP, Devinder Sandhu, Department of Biology

* February 14, 2013 – The Educational and Psychological Benefits of Study Abroad Programs, Justin Rueb, Department of Psychology

* March 14, 2013 – Acid Rain to Wood Smoke: Air Quality Challenges in Wisconsin, David Snyder, Department of Chemistry

* April 11, 2013 – Understanding Family Conflict at the End of Life, Amy Boelk, Department of Sociology and Social Work

* May 9, 2013 – Life Story Legacies: Students Document the Lives of Local Elders, Lynn Ludwig, Department of English