Skip to Main Content


North Central Michigan College’s luncheon lecture series for the fall semester will begin on Friday, September 23.  A wide variety of topics will be featured including the harp, newspapers and democracy, Michigan’s energy outlook, archaeological excavations at Colonial Michilimackinac, how the election was won, turbine blades and careers in aviation. All programs in the fall series will be held on Fridays in the College’s Library conference room. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

September 23 – The Harp. Harpist Lynne Aspnes is professor emeritus of harp, University of Michigan School of Music, and a former music faculty member at Arizona State University. In 2012, she founded the American Harp Center in Petoskey to promote opportunities for emerging career harpists to continue their study of the harp with outstanding teachers and performers. She will discuss the instrument and perform some of the music we often associate with going to Heaven.

October 7 – Newspapers and Democracy.  “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter,” said Thomas Jefferson. Bob Giles, retired editor and publisher of the Detroit News and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, discusses the vital role the news media play in sustaining our fragile democracy.

October 21 – Michigan’s Energy Outlook.  As Michigan’s coal-fired power plants are shut down and the demand for clean energy grows, where will future supplies of electricity come from? Norman J. Saari, Michigan Public Service Commissioner, will talk about one of the important areas where technology, the environment and the economy all come together.

November 4 – Digging For History.  Colonial Michilimackinac, a reconstructed 18th century fortified fur trading post in Mackinaw City, has been the site of archaeological excavations since 1959.  Lynn Evans, Ph.D., curator of archaeology for Mackinac State Historic Parks, will discuss the history of this project, focusing on the results of recent excavations at traders' homes.

November 18 – How the Election Was Won.  On November 8, the interminable campaigns will be over and we will elect our next president. Scott LaDeur, Ph.D., political science instructor at North Central, will take us behind the headlines to explain how the election was won and lost.

December 2 – Turbine Blades.  Inside every jet engine and power plant turbine you will find rows of precision blades that turn the force exerted by burning fuel or hot steam into torque to propel an airplane into the air or make electricity. Many of those blades are made in Harbor Springs.  Dan Moellering, former owner of Moeller Aerospace, discusses the manufacture of turbine blades right here in our community.

December 16 – Careers in Aviation. Dean Paul, superintendent of Alanson Schools and a commercial pilot, is leading a new program to prepare high school students for careers in commercial aviation. He will explain how the program was created and how it is helping motivated young people in our community earn their wings.

Programs are held on Fridays at noon in the Library conference room.  Reservations are required.  You must call 231-348-6600 or email to reserve your place for each presentation.  Cost is $10.  Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military-Friendly School®.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist