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Presentation for September through November 2016

First Tuesday each month - For those interested, meet at 12:30 p.m. for lunch in the "Commons" at Findlay Student Center prior to a 2 p.m. presentation in the Olin Room, Olin Library. 


September 6 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Kyle Wiley Pickett, Music Director & Conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Pickett’s presentation will reveal what a conductor actually does and why one performance is different from another. He will also speak about the 2016-17 Symphony season.

September 13 – 2 p.m. On site at Wilson’s Creek Battlefield

Connie Langum, Battlefield Historian, will show the new film by Wide Awake films about the battlefield in the Visitors Center. Then, take a walk through the new exhibits.

For those who want to go out on the Battlefield, we will travel to the Ray House and learn about this family and the impact the Battle of Wilson’s Creek had on their lives.

September 20 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Peter Meidlinger, Assoc. VPAA for Academic Quality & Prof. of English, CoFounder, DU Scholars Program “Literature Matters: What the Study of Literature Teaches us about Living Well.”

Meidlinger will discuss an example from ancient Greece (Orestia), an American short story (Baldwin’s “Sonny Blues”) and a Victorian novel (Middlemarch) to argue that the study of literature is uniquely suited to helping us understand what it means to live well, with ourselves and among others.

September 27 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Raymond “Rusty” Worley, Executive Director, Downtown Springfield Association, “Downtown Springfield: An Ever Changing Legacy.”

Worley will discuss what Downtown Springfield has to offer its residents and visitors. From First Friday Night Art Walk, to the Sculpture Walk, to living, dining, shopping and nightlife - it’s all downtown!

October 4 – 2 p.m., Botanical Center, Workshop Meeting Room, Nathanael Greene Park

Katie Stenhoff, Springfield Botanical Center Coordinator will present a visual overview of the many wonderful gardens.

TripAdvisor rated the Nathanael Greene Park/Close Memorial parks the #1 attractions in the Springfield area. Come early or stay late to enjoy the parks!

October 11 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Business meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. prior to our presenter. Please be present to elect officers, approve new bylaws, etc.Leslie Carrier, Co-Chair, League of Women Voters “What is League of Women Voters and What’s its Mission?”

This program will highlight the history and background of LWV and how the organization informs citizens, advocates for public policy and works to improve voter education.

October 18 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Nelson Knapp, Board Member of Pet Therapy of the Ozarks

Come and learn about the outstanding emotional support that dogs provide to our community – and scratch the heads of some fourlegged members.

October 25 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Dr. Dan Ponder, Political Science Professor, Drury University, will discuss Election 2016 especially as it relates to The “Down Ballot” races.

Ponder argues that the “Down Ballot” races are as important as the presidential election as they are crucial for helping forge the direction of American politics. The “Down Ballot” implicates questions such as: Will the Republicans keep the Senate? What about the House? How about governors? And with what consequences?

November 1 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Mark Rushefsky, Political Science Professor Emeritus, Missouri State University; “The 2016 Presidential Election.”

The 2016 presidential election will be remembered as one of the strangest presidential elections since the country was founded. Rushefsky will discuss and dissect the elections one week before the nation chooses its forty-fifth president.

November 8 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Dr. Peter Browning, Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Chaplain, Drury University

Browning will discuss the “Meaning of Life? So, What’s it All About?” He will share some of the fun from class and humbly suggest some of his own discoveries (intellectual and personal) on life’s journey to answering “the Big Question.”

November 15 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Sue Schuble, Retired Kickapoo High School Outdoor Living Teacher and Volleyball/Basketball Coach. “Madagascar: Land of Lemurs, Chameleons, Birds and Strange Plants!”

Come see what Africa’s big island has to offer and meet the happy Malagasy people.

November 22 – 2 p.m., Olin Room, Olin Library

Dave Coonrod, President – James River Basin Partnership “Reflections on Water: Ever Wonder if Our Local Water Supplies are in Jeopardy?”

Coonrod will discuss groundwater quality in the Ozarks and what we can do to ensure water quality and quantities for future generations.

November 29 – 2 p.m., Hoblit Suite, Panhellenic Building, Drury University

Holiday Gathering

Join us for cake and coffee as we celebrate the end of a great year of programming.