The Fall 2019 Graves Lecture Series kicked off on Tuesday, October 22 with Dr. Ann Buchmann, Professor of Physical and Life Sciences. Buchmann shared insights on her recent visit to Zambia which included photos of Victoria Falls, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. She also touched on illegal hunting of rhinos and the huge market for rhino horns, particularly in Vietnam and China. Buchmann concluded her presentation with a brief discussion on the large population of elephants and then shared videos of some of the lions and their baby cubs. The title of her talk was “Rhinos, Elephants, and Vultures, O My!”
Bruce Hoem, Professor of Social Work, was the featured speaker on Tuesday, November 12. Hoem, a Vietnam Veteran, recited two different readings focused on kindness and his time in Vietnam. The first reading was a poem about a night in Vietnam and the second was the commencement speech he delivered to the graduating class in December 2016 (also about Vietnam). The audience was somewhat misled with the title of his talk “Charles Manson, Woodstock, The Fifth Dimension, and The Cat” because he didn’t specifically address these topics, instead they were briefly mentioned in his presentation, mainly the cat. He concluded his presentation asking the audience to “Try to be kind. Try to be kind before anything else.”
Our final speaker, Dr. Susan Schaeffer, was scheduled to present on Tuesday, November 26th. However, due to the impending storm and campus closure, it was postponed until next year.
As always, if you are interested in being a featured speaker and/or if you have suggestions on someone you would like to have as a featured speaker, please contact Shawn Hartman at 308.432.7059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.