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Luncheon Lecture Series


Programs are held on Fridays at noon in the Library conference room.  Reservations are required.  Call 231-348-6600 to reserve your place at the table.  Cost is $10.  Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.




January 30 – Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A 4,300-square-mile area in Lake Huron contains one of America's best-preserved and nationally significant collections of shipwrecks dating back to 1844. Russ Green, deputy superintendent and research coordinator, will give an overview of this federal sanctuary headquartered in Alpena and operated by NOAA.




February 13
– The Battle of Being Mortal: Eldercare and Our Future. Peter Olson, Ph.D., North Central Michigan College’s vice president for academic affairs and student success, will take us through the process of writing the story of our own lives in the face of those who would reduce that story to an anecdote rather than the novel it should be. In addition, he will explain North Central's exciting new Eldercare certificate and the Plus 50 grant program.





February 27 – Preserving Native Families. Chief Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians was part of a group that drafted the recently enacted Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act and produced a book to help judges comply with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. Judge Maldonado will explain the importance of those laws in protecting native children and preserving tribal families.




March 13 – Back from Liberia. Kelly Suter, R.N., a graduate of North Central’s nursing program, has recently returned from Liberia where she helped care for Ebola patients. Kelly Suter was featured on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, November 9 as part of their story called The Ebola Hot Zone. She has also tended the sick in the Amazon, worked earthquake recovery in Haiti and cared for refugees in East Timor. She will talk about her experiences and tell us what we can learn about this frightening epidemic.




March 27 – Lost Boys. Herman Swift founded the Beulah Home for orphaned and troubled boys just outside of Boyne City in 1902 and became one of the city’s most prominent citizens. Then he was accused of molesting many of his young charges. The case of The People vs. Herman Swift became one of the most sensational cases to ever go to the Michigan Supreme Court. Author Jack Hobey wrote the book, “Lost Boys: The Beulah Home Tragedy.”




April 10 – Natural-Born Killers: Have we lost control? Randy Claramunt, fisheries research biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will address the many challenges of managing naturalized Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes. He studies trout, whitefish and Chinook salmon, and is involved with multi-agency assessments of predator-prey interactions in Lake Michigan.





May 1 – What’s New at School? Enrollment at the Public Schools of Petoskey is holding steady and voters have approved a major bond issue to build new athletic facilities. Meanwhile, public school funding remains a long-term challenge statewide. Superintendent John Scholten will provide an overview of the state of public education in our community.




For more information contact 231-348-6600.