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‘Wicked Witches and Big Bad Wolves’ presentation set for Friday in Truckee

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 2016 spring Sierra College Insights series kicks off this week with a "wild" start.

"Sierra College Insights inspires dialogue, and the conversations often continue at home," says Dr. Kim Bateman who will kick off 2016 with "Wicked Witches and Big Bad Wolves: The Wild Within" on Friday, Jan. 8.

Evoking angst and suspense with images and selections from childhood bedtime stories, Dr. Bateman's captivating presentation will highlight the dichotomy between traditional legends and contemporary fairytales.

"Hedges of thorns grow around sleeping castles, wolves swallow innocent girls, and heroes and heroines are caught in endless labyrinths…" begins Dr. Bateman, who proceeds to explain one of the themes in the "Wicked" presentation." "The complex topography of our collective imagination is detectable in traditional folk tales. Tensions mirror our dynamics and emotions, however modern children's stories have lost this reflective quality.

"The result is a culture that seeks immediate answers and stories that neither imitate what is real nor satisfy the wild within."

Dr. Bateman, Executive Dean of Sierra College, Tahoe Truckee, holds a doctorate degree in psychology, and has received dozens of accolades including Faculty of the Year (2003, 2005, 2007) and Outstanding Achievement Award (2006) while teaching at Sierra Nevada College; Eve Ensler's "Warrior" award (2006); and Sierra College's Deans' Council "Wisdom Award" (2012); among others. Learn more at kim-bateman.com.

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Sierra College Insights spring 2016 performances

• On Feb. 12, University of Nevada, Reno, English Professor Eric Rasmussen will discuss his authentication of a newly discovered Shakespeare First Folio. Featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, NPR, CNN, and the BBC, his work has received more than 12 billion page views from millions of unique visitors.

• On March 11, expect a visually engaging presentation highlighting some of humanity's earliest recorded forms of communication as well as powerful present day images during Cesar Lopez's presentation, "The Evolution of Graphic Design." Lopez, the owner of Atypical Design, teaches computer illustration on the Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus.

• On April 8, join Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee philosophy professor Kris Hansen for an intriguing exploration of ethics. Hansen promises to touch on words by Socrates, Saint Augustine, Rene Descartes, John Stuart Mill and H. Putnam, among others.

• And on May 13, back by popular demand, history professor Taylor Tiraterra will present "Hollywood and History: A brief look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of historical facts."

Sierra College Insights is offered at no cost on the Tahoe-Truckee campus (11001 College Trail Road in Truckee).

Starbucks offers complimentary refreshments from 6:30-7 p.m., and each session is presented from 7- 8:15 p.m. Reservations are highly encourage. Visit sierracollege.ticketleap.com for information.

This article was submitted on behalf of Sierra College Visit sierracollege.edu to learn more.