Franz Ferdinand, Sockeye salmon and the Milky Way: OC Speaker Series returns in Penticton

From Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s connection to the Okanagan, to why the Milky Way is a spiral and more

If you have ever wondered why the Milky Way is a spiral, or what the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the First World War has to do with the Okanagan, then you may be interested in a lecture or two coming up at Okanagan College.

The OC Speaker Series returns to Penticton’s Okanagan College Campus this September, with a lineup of experts and authorities who will offer free presentations on a variety of topics; from the arts, software engineering, geology, historical preservation, ecological protection, to history and astronomy.

“Exceptional instructors choose the Penticton campus as home because of their passion for teaching and the opportunity to foster connections with students. Many professors are active in research infusing classroom lectures with innovation,” says Eric Corneau, Regional Dean South Okanagan Similkameen.

“The Penticton campus has an active and inclusive learning environment, and the community is invited to fill the seats in pursuit of answers to today’s burning questions.”

All of the lectures are held in the Ashnola Building of Penticton’s Okanagan Campus. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to support students in need.

Franz Ferdinand’s connection to Penticton and the Okanagan is explored on Nov. 18 with Dr. Maurice Williams, and the structure of the Milky Way on Dec. 2 with Dr. Trey V. Wenger.

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The full speaker line-up includes:

Sept. 9 – The Arts: Elite Pursuit or Community Builder? by Rosemary Thomson from the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 16 – Formal Methods and Software Engineering for Deep Learning, by Dr. Youry Khmelevsky

Sept. 23 – Saying the Right Thing: What can the science of clinical counselling teach us about helping a friend through a difficult time? by Allan Clarke

Sept. 30 – Geology of the South Okanagan: A virtual field trip, by Dr. Todd Redding

Oct. 7 – Prospects for China-Taiwan Reunification, by Dr. Shao-Kang Chu

Oct. 21 – Reconnecting: Building Human Connection in a Technological Era, Part 2, by Stenya LeClair

Oct. 28 – What To Do When Old Meets The New? Historic Preservation the Italian Way, by Dr. Antonella De Michelis

Nov. 4 – Screening of the film Artifishal: The Road to Extinction is Paved with Good Intentions

Nov. 18 – Franz Ferdinand and the Okanagan Connection, by Dr. Maurice Williams

Nov. 25 – Sockeye Salmon Reintroduction and Recovery in the Okanagan Basin, by Ryan Benson

Dec. 2 – The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, by Dr. Trey V. Wenger

Talks are 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre (PL 107) of the Ashnola Building. The Penticton campus is located at 583 Duncan Ave. and more information is available here.

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