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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 ranged from The Psychology of Humor, Understanding Afghanistan to a Chautauqua performance of Horace Greeley and Abraham Lincoln. 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.”Experts & Insights meets at 7:30 p.m., second Fridays of each month and is offered at no charge, thanks to the generosity of the presenters and Sierra College. Many students arrive early to enjoy socializing over a complimentary cup of coffee and because they know seats fill quickly for this popular program. Reservations are suggested by calling 550-2290. “The response to our program has been both overwhelming and very gratifying,” said Bateman. “It shows there is a considerable demand for lifelong learning in our community.”

Charlayne Allan, lecturer in classics, retired, University of California, DavisFriday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.Sirens, goddesses, Amazons and queens. As a perfect tie-in to Women’s History Month, Professor Allan will share a brief history of the study of ancient women and show how women of the classical Greek and Roman world are still with us today in art, advertising and cinema. Acceptable roles for women in ancient society will be examined, and in the discussion that follows the lecture, we will consider ways in which those roles have remained fixed over time, and how they still influence the ways in which women in public life are perceived.

John Stubbs, Professor Emeritus of Biology, San Francisco State UniversityFriday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.Using simple visual models, Professor Stubbs will present an overview for non-scientists of how the DNA we inherit from our parents is packaged into chromosomes and how the process results in forming our human body. He will explain DNA/chromosome structure, general principles of gene expression fixation in embryo development, and the potential for induced stem cells from normal tissue. His discussion will include the nature of stem cells and recent exciting research. Bring your questions!