Western Lecture Series

Throughout the year, engaging speakers and scholars deliver talks on a variety of academic subjects and world affairs. Presentations are designed to expand your knowledge, provoke thought, enhance understanding and inspire creativity. Every lecture introduces a distinct and interesting topic. Notably, Western Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Are Salmon Doomed? Hatching a Plan to Save a Northwest Icon

Date: October 2, 2019Humanities Washington logoKitsap Regional Library logo
Location: Poulsbo (Olympic College – Room 105)
Time: 6 p.m.
Speaker: Nick Bond
Cost: FREE

With warming oceans, environmental degradation and lowering genetic variability, wild salmon populations are dwindling. Climatologist Nick Bond explores the past, present and possible future conditions for salmon in our state and sees room for optimization. He shares lessons on how local communities have accomplished important work to support salmon runs, but also takes a hard look at the realities climate change poses for this regional treasure. Explore the history, science and story of this cherished Northwest icon.
Instructor Bio: Nick Bond is the Washington State Climatologist, a position created by the State of Washington to serve as a credible and expert source of climate and weather information. He earned a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington and is now a principal research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean with the College of the Environment. Bond is on the Science Panel for the Puget Sound Partnership, which focuses on the actions needed to recover and sustain the Puget Sound ecosystem. Bond lives in Seattle.

What’s Age Got to Do with It?

Date: November 6, 2019Humanities Washington logo
Location: Poulsbo (Olympic College – Room 105)
Time: 6 p.m.
Speaker: Dori Gillam
Cost: FREE

You look good for your age. You’re too young to understand. In employment decisions, family discussions, medical care and even in birthday cards, assumptions about being over the hill or a lazy kid are common. What do you wish society would stop saying about your generation? How can we talk about age and aging in a more positive, affirming way? In this interactive and fun talk, Dori Gillam welcomes individuals from every generation to explore how we can begin valuing all ages – including our own.
Instructor Bio: Dori Gillam has researched and spoken on ageism and aging for over 30 years. Her past roles include community organizer, trainer and speaker for AARP and the King County Library System. She holds a B.S. in educational psychology and a teaching certificate for secondary education. Gillam is the board chair for the Northwest Center for Creative Aging, writes for 3rd Act Magazine and is a charter member of Age Friendly Seattle. Gillam lives in Seattle.

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