Sierra College Experts andamp; Insights I Walking the War Zones of Pakistan: One Woman’s Journey into the Shadow of the Taliban | SierraSun.com

Sierra College Experts andamp; Insights I Walking the War Zones of Pakistan: One Woman’s Journey into the Shadow of the Taliban

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Ruth Anne Kocour/www.ruthannekocour.comWalking to K2 through the high-altitude wilderness of the Karakoram.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; This presentation is part of Experts andamp; Insights, a community-based lecture/discussion program in the Sierra College Dean’s Lecture Series where each month, a different topic is examined from an academic viewpoint. There is no charge for Experts andamp; Insights, thanks to the generosity of the presenters and Sierra College. However, reservations are recommended, up to four seats for each event, by calling 530-550-2290. Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus is located at 11001 College Trail, Truckee.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.Ruth Anne Kocour, author, photographer, adventurer.Ruth Anne Kocour takes you on her journeys to K2 and Pakistan’s tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, Kashmir and China, which are the subject of her new book, Walking the War Zones of Pakistan. During this exquisite photographic presentation, you’ll see topography that has led to isolation andamp;#8212; physical and cultural andamp;#8212; of people who for centuries have been kept in the dark by natural barriers, lack of infrastructure, lack of communication, and by illiteracy. This simple tale of travel and adversity may lend a face to news we hear every day and a glimpse into what we all have in common andamp;#8212; our humanity.

Friday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.Carole Sesko, visual artist, chair of Truckee Public Art Commission.Scientists have proved looking at art gives the same pleasure as being in love. But what is art? What if you don’t like the art at which you are looking? What if talking about art makes you feel uncomfortable? andamp;#8220;How to Look at Artandamp;#8221; will discuss ways to examine an artwork beyond a casual glance, how to deepen your understanding, and how to make your own connection with artworks that challenge you. Utilizing examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture, this lively and inspiring presentation will give you new techniques to examine an artwork, analyze it from different perspectives, gain more understanding of the creative process, and lead yourself on a self guided journey of visual pleasure and discovery.

Note, new date! Sept. 16, 2011Kim Bateman, Ph.D., Dean Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee