Sierra College Insights series kicks off Friday in Truckee |

Sierra College Insights series kicks off Friday in Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Designed by Dr. Kim Bateman, Sierra College Insights is an engaging speaker series offered to the community at no cost on the Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus.

“Exceptional professors with an aptitude for facilitating interesting conversations has become a hallmark of Sierra College Insights,” shares Nicole Cheslock, the program organizer.

Topics for the fall 2016 program range from global religions to creative approaches to grief and diverse communication styles.

Theories and research-based findings will be shared and attendees will have an opportunity to share ideas and opinions with one another while learning from passionate educators.

After leading a fascinating discussion about ethics in spring 2016, Humanities Professor Kris Hansen will kick off the 2016-17 Sierra College Insights series with a focus on the world’s most prominent religions.

On Sept. 9, Hansen will present the cultural and institutional ideas that support religions and religious responses to globalization. For example, fundamentalism is one religious response to globalization.

In this session, explore Muslim fundamentalist reasoning and how it relates to globalization with a specific example from ISIS. Other religions and responses will be covered.

The Oct. 14 session features Dr. Bateman, Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee’s Executive Dean and Psychology Professor. Distinguished for her thought-provoking and entertaining presentations, Dr. Bateman authored “Crossing the Owl’s Bridge: A guide for grieving people who still love,” published this year, and is a frequent speaker and presenter.

In “Suicide: A Complicated Grief,” Dr. Bateman addresses the myriad of intense responses including guilt, vulnerability, despair, anger, and powerlessness that accompany suicides.

She explains, “This interactive session explores complicated grief with a focus on compassion for oneself as well as for lost loved ones.”

Join Communications Professor Rebecca Cobain for a hands-on workshop about communication styles on Nov. 4. “Yakkity Yak,” will include an individual assessment followed by active discussion about different communication styles.

“Do you find it difficult to communicate or get your message across to certain people? Find out your communication style and learn tips when communicating with others who have a different communication style than yours,” says Cobain. “This session is great for parents and kids, spouses and coworkers to attend together.”

Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee is located at 11001 College Trail Road in Truckee. Starbucks offers complimentary refreshments preceding each session and the discussions take place from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Visit for more information and to make reservations.

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