Sierra College’s Insights to spark discussion, thought about diverse topics |

Sierra College’s Insights to spark discussion, thought about diverse topics

Community members and visitors are invited to participate in upcoming Sierra College Insights presentations spanning diverse disciplines ranging from medieval literature and black pulp fiction to climate change to love in Bob Marley’s lyrics and more from distinguishes area professors.

Rather than staid lectures, Sierra College Insights taps experts to share insights on one of their passions and spark dialogue among attendees. For example after seeing a series of vivid images, watching a clip from a Super Bowl commercial or listening to a recording, participants will have a chance to share their impressions and observations with others.

“Tapping into professors passions allows us all to think more deeply and connect with others who share an interest in thoughtful dialogue,” shares Dr. Kim Bateman, Executive Dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee.

Sierra College is now accepting reservations for Sierra College Insights fall semester presentations. Space is limited to 60, so teens and adults are encouraged to make reservations for the 7 p.m. Friday evening presentations. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided by Starbucks from 6:30 to 7 p.m. preceding each event.

Sept. 12 ‘Pimping Fictions: The Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing’

University of Nevada English Professor Dr. Justin Gifford will speak on 1960s African-American crime literature and share highlights from his research for his book “Pimping Fictions,” the first literary and cultural history of African American crime literature. Hear the untold story of black pulp publishing and learn how the most popular African American fiction in history transformed black literature, hip-hop music and contemporary American culture.

Oct. 10 ‘Are Books Dead?’

How is technology transforming publishing today? Explore the past, present and future of publishing with retired Sierra College professor Gary Noy, who developed the only full-service academic press operated by a community college in the U.S. and is a published author. Expect a discussion of the adaptability of publishers to new technologies, set the historical context of publishing how these changes affect authors, an examination of privacy concerns related to eReaders, the impact on brick-and-mortar bookstores, the rise of virtual bookstores, the gulf between online publishing and traditional publishing.

Nov. 7 ‘Climate Change 101’

Gain insights about the basic mechanisms that regulate earth’s climate system during this science based presentation with Sierra College, Tahoe Truckee instructor Derek Larson who holds a masters degree in biology from Stanford University. “We will decouple science from hype and examine opposing arguments,” promises Larson.

All who are interested are also encouraged to save the dates for the scheduled 2015 talks:

Jan. 9 “Exploring Love through Bob Marley’s Lyrics” with Dr. Kim Bateman

Feb. 6 “Four million dollars for 30 seconds: Are Super Bowl Ads worth it?” with Kurt Heisinger

March 6 “Morning in America or the Second Gilded Age? The Cultural and Political Legacy of the 1980s” with Taylor Tiraterra

April 10 “Strange Faces: Lon Chaney and the Ethics of Horror” with Dr. Katherine Fusco

May 8 “Arthurian legends and the Holy Grail” with Dr. Phil Boardman

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