Experts & Insights | 2012 – The end or the beginning? |

Experts & Insights | 2012 – The end or the beginning?

Nicole CheslockSpecial to the Sun
Toby Terrell

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Sierra College’s Humanities professor Toby Terrell, Ph.D. will present “2012 – The end or the beginning?” at Sierra College, Friday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. as part of the Experts & Insights Dean Lecture Series. The presentation will focus on various doomsday predictions about one of the most controversial dates in our history but will ultimately be an inspiring talk filled with a number of alternative theories and attempts to place 2012 in a larger context.Some predict that December 2012 will be the end of the world as we know it. Others speculate that the end of the 2012 will be the beginning of a new state of consciousness.”In particular, we will look at 2012 as described by unique sources, which view 2012 from a spiritual perspective and place it in a larger context, one that involves the ultimate destiny of the human race,” said Dr. Terrell. The lecture will examine how such strong interest in 2012 first arose, address facts and explore the primary interpretations of what it may hold in store for us all. “Although different approaches are considered, this discussion views 2012 from a primarily spiritual perspective, something that rarely intrudes in our Western approach to education but which I think should have a place,” said Terrell, who researches the spiritual history of humanity. Terrell holds a bachelor’s in English from Harvard University, a master’s in history from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in classics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He’s previously taught at the University of Colorado and Princeton. The lobby opens at 7 p.m. for complimentary coffee, tea, cookies and socializing. Terrell’s “2012 – The end or the beginning?” begins at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 8:50 p.m. Additional upcoming lectures include Frank L. DeCourten who will share incredible images and recent discoveries during “New Dinosaurs from Old Rocks: A Prehistoric Safari to the American Southwest” on Friday, March 9 and Michael Kane who will speak about being a change agent in your community or organization, “Sustainability, Change and the Great Reset,” on Friday, May 11. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to the Dean Lecture Series by calling 530-550-2290.Sierra College’s Experts & Insights Dean Lecture Series is open to the public at no cost. The lecture series offers academic enrichment and intellectual exchange across a range of scholarly subjects. Open to current students and community members Experts & Insights offers an opportunity to interact with different professors who present their research-based passions. Sierra College is located at 11001 College Trail (across from SaveMart) in Truckee. For more information visit or call 530-550-2225.- Submitted by NC Communications, Nicole Cheslock,, 530-548-5010