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Date: Jan 15, 2021 - Mar 19, 2021 - Start:12:00 PM - End:01:00 PM

North Central Michigan College’s popular Luncheon Lecture series resumes in a virtual format on January 15, 2021.  All programs will be held on Fridays via Zoom.  The presentations are free, however pre-registration is required at  

January 15 – What Happened?  Scott T. LaDeur, Ph.D., professor of political science at North Central Michigan College, will offer a detailed analysis of the November 2020 general election, both nationally and locally.  County Clerk Suzanne Kanine, who oversees elections for Emmet County, will talk about the smooth election process that was carried out here.

January 22 – Breaking the Ice.  Each winter, the U.S. Coast Guard launches Operation Taconite, the nation’s largest icebreaking operation based in Sault Ste. Marie, to keep portions of the Great Lakes open to commercial shipping traffic as the lakes and St. Mary’s River freeze.  Mark Gill leads Operation Taconite, and he will talk about his mission, his strategies, the cutters, and the people who battle the ice.

February 5 – Veterans’ Court.  90th District Court Judge Angela Lasher, elected to office by the voters of Emmet and Charlevoix counties in November, is developing a special court to address the unique needs of veterans with legal problems.  She is building on the proven success of a sobriety court for defendants facing second convictions for drunk driving.  Judge Lasher will explain how these programs offer productive alternatives to incarceration.

February 19 – Redistricting the New Way.  In November 2018, Michigan voters approved the “Voters Not Politicians” constitutional amendment, which makes a commission of 13 randomly selected citizens responsible for drawing district lines for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives, and U.S. Congress.  The Secretary of State serves as the secretary without a vote of the commission and administrator of the new redistricting process. Sally Marsh, director of special projects for the Michigan Department of State, explains the process and what it will mean for Michigan voters.

March 5 – Talking Trash.  Do you ever wonder what happens to the stuff you put out to the curb every week?  Chris Gee knows.  He got his start in the trash business at age 9.  Today he runs the landfill in Onaway owned by Toronto-based GFL Environmental Inc., which takes all of the trash collected in Emmet County.  He can also tell you some surprising things about eagles, and how he’s looking at ways to turn some of your waste into electricity. 

March 19 – Myth and Fact.  Did Ludwig van Beethoven really saw the legs off his piano so he could hear the vibrations on the floor? (No.) Is it true that someone had to turn him around because he couldn't hear the audience applauding his 9th Symphony? (Yes.) Amanda Sewell, Ph.D., music director at Interlochen Public Radio, will examine and debunk some of the most common myths about Beethoven, asking why these myths about the great composer are so powerful more than two centuries later. 

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 exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education of and for the community.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College with a designation of Veteran Friendly Silver by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.


For more information:
Christy Lyons
Director, Corporate and Community Education