NORTH CENTRAL ANNOUNCES WINTER 2021 LUNCHEON LECTURES
Program returns in a virtual format in January
North Central Michigan College’s popular Luncheon Lecture series will resume in a virtual format on January 15, 2021. A variety of topics will be featured, including an analysis of the 2020 general election, icebreaking on the St. Mary’s River, veterans’ court, redistricting, trash and where it goes, and Beethoven. All programs will be held on Fridays via Zoom. The presentations are free, however pre-registration is required at https://www.ncmclifelonglearning.com/events.
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 – Beethoven and the Ode to Joy. Orchestras across the world had planned to celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020 before COVID-19 struck. Although he is often hailed as a hero who overcame deafness to compose some of the greatest music ever written, there is much more to his story. Amanda Sewell, Ph.D., music director for Interlochen Public Radio, will survey his life and music, focusing on some less well-known facets, including his long affair with a married woman known as “Immortal Beloved.” Sewell has written a biography of Wendy Carlos, the composer of “Switched-on Bach” published by Oxford University Press.
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.
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