Our community is privileged to have the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc right here on the shores of Lake Michigan.
This spring, in conjunction with UW-Manitowoc, Lester Public Library has three new Scholar for Life series offerings. This series features UW-Manitowoc professors sharing their passions outside the typical classroom setting. The library is fortunate to host these speakers who have spent their careers writing, learning and teaching on the most interesting of topics. Please mark your calendars and join us for an evening of scholarly discourse that is sure to both educate and entertain.
• March 27 — Assistant professor of history Christopher Stone will present “Field of Dreams: The Image of the Sixties in American Cinema.” Stone will examine the 1960s through the lens of film. He will discuss the Celluloid Sixties — the 1960s as imagined, depicted and interpreted by American filmmakers — by looking at films like “American Graffiti” and “Animal House” and what they say about the relationship of the ’50s and ’60s. He’ll also look closely at movies like the “Big Chill” and “Sneakers” that examine the post-1960s experiences of individuals who strongly identified with the social movements and cultural upheaval of the Sixties. Join us for a chance to see history through a different lens.
• April 24 — Associate professor of mathematics Brian Murphy takes mathematics to a new level with “The Invention of Calculus: A Soap Opera…1700s Style.” In the late 1600s, a feud erupted between two prominent mathematicians, Isaac Newton from Britain and Gottfried Leibniz from Germany. Their feud, which revolved around who “rightfully” invented calculus, divided the mathematicians in Europe into two camps and forever changed the face of mathematics.
• May 8 — Associate professor of psychology Maureen Crowley will take us on a psychological journey with “The Search for Consciousness.” Science can’t pin down consciousness, making it one of the last, great unsolved mysteries. Crowley wraps up season three with a challenging look into the human psyche.
This public lecture series is a partnership between the UW-Manitowoc and the library. The series meets the missions of both institutions, in essence, providing access to lifelong learning that enhances our lives and community.
All series sessions will be hosted in the library’s Community Room and begin at 6 p.m. Sessions typically last one hour with an opportunity to ask questions at the end. No registration required.