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Free Life-Long Learning series resumes Jan. 18

April 18 will feature Ballroom Dance: History and Contemporary Landscape, by FLC Provost and resident social dance hobbyist Mario Martinez. (Courtesy of Judith Reynolds)
Fort Lewis College offers variety of topics every Thursday

The mystery of supply chains and the allure of ballroom dancing bracket the Winter-Spring series of free programs at Fort Lewis College. Known as the Life-Long Learning Series, the community-outreach program is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the FLC Professional Associates.

“We continue to offer live presentations in 130 Noble Hall,” said Gary Rottman, program leader. “And this semester we will be recording so that people who cannot attend may view online later in the week. Details can be found on our website: www.fortlewis.edu/lll. The ‘lll’ stands for Life-Long Learning.

Fort Lewis College Provost Mario Martinez will give the final program in the FLC Life-Long Learning Series on April 18. (Courtesy of Judith Reynolds)

“Over the last 23 years, we established a Thursday night tradition of live programs at FLC so college and community members could come together to learn about a variety of subject,” he said. “Now, after an online-only time during COVID, we’re returning to the original live model plus delayed recordings to accommodate our audience.”

If you go

WHAT: Fort Lewis College Winter-Spring Life-Long Learning Lecture Series.

WHEN: Thursday evenings, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 to April 18.

WHERE: 130 Noble Hall, FLC, 1000 Rim Drive.


MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.fortlewis.edu/lll or contact Gary Rottman, www.gsorcer@hotmail.com.

Here’s a look at what’s in store:

  • Jan. 18: What’s with Supply Chains? by author columnist, founder and president of a transportation consulting company Larry Gross.
  • Jan. 25: On the Road Again: Why We Travel, by world traveler, scholar and community activist Katherine Burgess.
  • Feb. 1: LPEA Powering Our Future, by electrical engineer and Executive Vice President of Grid Solutions Dan Harms.
  • Feb. 8: Protecting Biodiversity in a Complex World, by ecologist and FLC faculty member Michael Drake.
  • Feb. 15: Pronatalism and Population Growth, by Executive Director of Population Balance Nandita Bajaj.
  • Feb. 22: Climate Change: What Can We Expect? by electrical engineer, Space Shuttle Design Team member Guinn Unger.
  • Feb. 29: Alternative Cancer Treatments, by FLC professor of Biology Shere Byrd.
  • March 7: The Four-Corners Methane Hotspot, by FLC Physics and Engineering professor Joanna Casey.
  • March 14: Bhutan and the Gross-Happiness Index, by retired clinical psychologist Mike Todt.
  • March 22: Spring break, no program.
  • March 28: Distant Siblings: The USA and Canada, by Claire and Tom Huffaker, former Canadian history professor and retired diplomat and energy sector executive.
  • April 4: FLC Solar initiative in the Navajo Nation, by FLC Engineering professor and Certified Solar professional Laurie Williams.
  • April 11: A Conversation About Alzheimer’s, by former FLC faculty member Kim Martin with Chuck Carson and Deborah Lycan.
  • April 18: Ballroom Dance: History and Contemporary Landscape, by FLC Provost and resident social dance hobbyist Mario Martinez.
Kim Martin, Herald columnist and former FLC faculty member, will discuss Alzheimer’s on April 11. (Courtesy of Judith Reynolds)
Chuck Carson, retired engineer, FLC adjunct faculty member, and President of the Professional Associates, will lead the April 11 discussion of Alzheimer’s. (Courtesy of Judith Reynolds)
World traveler Katherine Burgess will explore why we travel on Jan. 25 in the series. (Courtesy of Judith Reynolds)
Molecular biologist Deborah Lycan will discuss the science of Alzheimer’s on April 11. (Courtesy of Judith Reynolds)