"The Latest Discoveries at Riverbluff Cave" with Matt Forir. Something amazing has come to light in the Riverbluff Cave: evidence of animals dating back to the Ice Age. Matt Forir is a paleontologist exploring not only extinct mastodon remains but also unique life forms existing in this newly discovered cave. Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center.
"How to Heal the Planet: Environmental Ethics for the 21st Century" with Peter Browning. Dr. Browning, associate professor of philosophy and religion at Drury, is teaching a class to students about world trends. We will examine various ethical views about saving the planet. Olin Room, Olin Library.
"Absinthe: a Chemical and Artistic History" with Jim O'Brien, retired professor of chemistry at Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU). O'Brien will talk about this potent drink popular with writers and artists in the 19th century and later banned. Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center.
No meeting due to Memorial Day holiday.
June 3, 10 & 17
"The Pursuit of Happiness: a Psychological Perspective" with Jim Davis, Ph.D. Davis, now a professor of psychology at Drury, was also on the faculty at SMSU for 25 years. He researches positive emotions and their effect on health, and will bring insights about how attitudes, sleep patterns, and forgiveness have an important role in our well being. Hearth Room, Bay Hall.
June 24 & July 1
"Protestant Holy Men and Women" with Stanley Burgess, professor of religious studies at SMSU. Burgess has been with us on several occasions, most recently talking about indigenous churches. In June he will just be back from the Vatican, and will report. Hearth Room, Bay Hall.
"Histories of the United States Flag and the Star Spangled Banner" with Howard Hufford. Appropriate for the observance of Independence Day is this program by Howard Hufford, one of our IML members who has been an engineer for City Utilities and the State, has also taught a little math at SMS, Drury and Lincoln University. Hearth Room, Bay Hall.
"Transitions to Democracy in Russia" with Maxim Matusevich, assistant professor of history at Drury. Matusevich was born in St. Petersburg and has a special interest in the history and cultural encounters between African nations and Russia. Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center.
"From the Trenches: Stories from a Fraud Investigator" with Angela Morelock. Morelock is a fraud examiner responsible for a wide range of allegations of fraud and white-collar crime. She joined the staff at BKD after graduating summa cum laude from SMSU. You will hear a report from the trenches, an inside story of her investigations. Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center.
"Benjamin Franklin, Printer" with Lynne Freeman. The printing innovations of Ben Franklin and their impact on Colonial America will be discussed by Lynne Freeman, retired from the SMSU library curriculum chair of the Institute for Mature Learning. Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center.