Cruising on the Rivers of the United States

Presenter: Ken Johnson, Geologist Emeritus

Class Date: Tuesday,  April 9

Class Time:  9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room A Conference

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: Cruising the rivers and inland waterways of the United States offers an excellent domestic experience, free of passport/customs problems, sea-sickness, and the possibility of entrapment on an ocean vessel that has lost power out on the open seas. Also, if the boat sinks, or has a serious problem, land is just a few hundred yards away—and you can always SWIM to shore from a river cruise. Major U.S. and Canadian waterways where cruises are offered include: the Mississippi River and its tributaries (Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers); the Great Lakes; the St. Lawrence, Hudson, and Tombigbee Rivers;    the Erie, Oswego, Welland, Delaware-Chesapeake, and Tenn-Tom Canals; the Intracoastal Waterway; the Canadian Maritime Provinces; and the Columbia–Snake River system in the Pacific Northwest. River boats are much smaller than ocean vessels, typically with 50 to 200 passengers, and they generally make one or two stops every day at sites of national or local significance. Dorothea (Sweetie Pie = S.P.) and I have been on eight trips on U.S. rivers and coastal waters over the years. We want to share some of our experiences with you, and show the benefits of this leisurely mode of domestic travel.

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#MeToo and American Buddhism

Presenter: Haven Tobias

Class Date: Tuesday,  April 30

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room C-2

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: A woman, a lawyer and a Buddhist walk into a bar. They discuss meditation teachers and #MeToo. Interesting questions are raised. Are sides taken?

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Aliens Among Us: From Star Trek to Toxoplasma and Trypanosoma

Presenter: Laura-Isobel McCall, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Class Date: Tuesday,  May 7

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room C-2

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: In this lecture, we will explore the real-life organisms that inspired some of our favorite movies, discuss their importance in local and global health, and talk about how we are merging chemistry with biology to find new ways to fight parasites.

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Book

Presenter: Rhonda Taylor

Class Date: Tuesday,  May 14

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room A Conference

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: It might have begun around 2400 BC with the papyrus scroll, or as the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh around 2000 BC, or with the Gutenberg Bible around 1454. They have been made of clay tablets, of bamboo, of animal hides, of wax tablets, and of paper. They have taken forms ranging from the miniatures to braille text to pop-ups to one-of-a-kind-artist-creations to digital forms. And, there are some that are believed to have changed the world. What is their future in a “paperless society”? Join a dilettante’s romp through the extraordinary life of “the book.”

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