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OC Speaker Series takes the stage Sept. 10

Learning isn’t just for little ones going back to school this fall. On Sept. 10, Okanagan College’s Penticton campus is launching a series of presentations designed to engage your grey matter.

“The OC Speaker Series is an opportunity for the community to come hear inspiring speakers talk about subjects they are very passionate about,” says Eric Corneau, Regional Dean South Okanagan Similkameen. “We want Okanagan College’s Penticton campus to be a home for lifelong learning and most importantly a place where the community comes together to learn.”  

The lineup of experts and authorities will cover a wide range of topics, from astronomy and environmental initiatives in the region to B.C. cultural history, democratic systems, and debunking stereotypes about Chinese culture. The series includes:

  • Sept. 10: The Canadian Arctic Airfield Program of the 1970s, by Ray Wolowidnyk
  • Sept. 17: The Traditional Songs of B.C., by Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat
  • Sept. 24: Proportional Representation: what it is and why it matters, by Margaret Holm, Fair Vote Canada
  • Oct. 1: The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Celebrates 100 Years of Successes, by Dr. Dennis Crabtree
  • Oct. 15: Fortune Cookies and Chop Suey, by Dr. Shao-Kang Chu
  • Oct. 22: Humans and Nature: an Evolving Relationship, by Don Gayton
  • Oct. 29: Restoring Salmon Runs in the Okanagan River System, by Karilyn Alex, Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department
  • Nov. 5: Climate Change and Implications for Forest Management, by Dave Spittlehouse
  • Nov. 19: Screening of Blue Heart: The fight for Europe’s last wild rivers
  • Nov. 26: Wastewater and Biosolids: Society's Challenges, by Andrew Drouin
  • Dec. 3: Food and Wine Pairing by Chef Chris Van Hooydonk

Talks are 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre (PL 107) of the Ashnola Building. The Okanagan College Penticton campus is located at 583 Duncan Ave. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to support students in need.

Event information is available at https://ocspeakersseries.weebly.com/.