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Learning from Lectures

Oct 26, 2011 08:39PM ● By Anonymous

On Monday night, I headed to my Alma mater, Washington College, to listen to the former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf. Yes, you read that right. Pervez Musharraf visited Chestertown.

And tonight, I'm joining Food Editor Kelsey Casselbury in traveling to Strathmore in North Bethesda. We're going to see one of my all-time biggest heroes, Michael Pollan. I am not worthy.

While you might be able to snag a few tickets to see Mr. Pollan, I realize that it might be too late. But, not to fear, I've found some other super-interesting folks that are heading to our area in upcoming weeks.

Tomorrow night, as part of Downrigging Weekend iin Chestertown, Ryan Lizza, D.C. correspondent for The New Yorker, will stop by the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. There, he will discuss how The White House and the Senate failed to come together on breakthrough energy legislation, designed to be friendly to both businesses and consumers.

And on Friday at 8 p.m., Dava Sobel, New York Times bestselling author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, and The Planets, will also be making an appearance at the Prince. Ms. Sobel will demonstrate how John Harrison's invention of the chronometer changed the way we look at the world around us, and how it continues to shape our perceptions of place and distance. I read Longitude as a sophomore in high school, and, even then, I enjoyed it. I bet this will be a really interesting talk.

And, a week later, Washington College will play host to the Nobel Prize winning chemist, Mario J. Molina, Ph. D. Dr. Molina received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two of his colleagues for their work in discovering the threat that chlorofluorocarbons pose to the earth's ozone layer. After receiving an honorary degree from the college as part of it's Fall Convocation at 5 p.m. on November 3rd, he will give a brief speech.

All of the above events are free and open to the public. And, there are even more Eastern Shore lectures coming up, including a discussion about the Founding Fathers' views on Church and State by acclaimed historian Richard Beeman, a talk by Adam Goodheart about his New York Times best-seller, 1861: The Civil War Awakening, and a Phi Beta Kappa sponsored lecture by UCLA's Teofilo Ruiz, who discuss how and why belief in witchcraft spread throughout Europe at the end of the Middle Ages. Please click the links in this paragraph for complete details.

For those of you firmly planted in the Annapolis-area, don't feel blue. There are some great speakers visiting Naptown as well.

On November 4, Ms. Eva Brann, a tutor at St. John's will give a talk entitled "Talking, Reading Writing, Listening: A Talk for Parents and Students." And, on November 11th, Professor Josh Greene of Harvard University's Department of Psychology, will deliver his lecture, "Beyond Point-and-Shoot Morality: Why Cognitive Science Matters for Ethics."

Both St. John's lectures are held at 8:15 p.m. in Francis Scott Key Auditorium. They are free and open to the public. For more information on the lecture series, please call 410-626-2539.