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Check out Sierra College Dean’s Lecture Series: Experts & Insights

Active-minded adults are filling the classroom at Sierra College one evening each month to learn something new (or old!) from local professors. The aptly named Experts & Insights program features research-based lectures, dramatic presentations, slide shows, discussion and academic perspectives on an array of subjects and issues. Recent topics range from The Psychology of Humor to Understanding Afghanistan. Kimberly Bateman, Dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus, says “I enjoy the richness of having a wide range of topics for our series … I like that it is reflective of the general education curriculum and draws in people who are interested in many things.”The next few months offer an interactive Chautauqua presentation, Horace Greeley and Abraham Lincoln, an annotated slide show on Reflections of Ancient Women in the Modern World and a biologic overview titled DNA, Chromosomes, Stem Cells and You. Later in 2010 Experts & Insights will bring an examination of leadership in transitioning nations, a report on the economy, a visual assessment of memorial art at Burning Man, a mythical guide to death and grieving, and a peek at the importance and consequences of photosynthesis. Experts & Insights meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month and is offered at no charge, thanks to the generosity of the faculty and Sierra College. Many students arrive early to enjoy socializing over a complimentary cup of coffee and because they know that seats fill quickly for this popular program. “The response to our program has been both overwhelming and very gratifying,” says Bateman. “It shows there is a considerable demand for lifelong learning in our community.”David Fenimore will take on the character of Horace Greeley, Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Sierra College Lobby (please arrive early to secure a seat!). No charge.For more information visit http://www.sierracollege.edu/AboutUs/campuses/tt/deans-lecture.html or (530) 550-2206.

1. Which 1872 Presidential candidate was nominated by both the Democratic and Liberal Republican parties? 2. Who’s campaign slogan was “Greeley for President – Anybody to Beat Grant?” (Professor David Fenimore quips, “no wonder he lost!”)3. Who was the only Presidential candidate to die during the electoral process? (Answer to all the above: Horace Greeley)Step back in time for an historically accurate interactive portrayal known as “Chautauqua.” In this Lincoln’s Birthday presentation, Professor David Fenimore will take on the character of Horace Greeley and, using Greeley’s own words, reminisce about his relationship with Abraham Lincoln and ask for your vote in that 1872 election. His remarks will be followed by Q&A, a chance for the audience to interact with both the character and the scholar behind the character.Friday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Sierra College Lobby (please arrive early to secure a seat!). No charge.