2022 Virtual Lectures

by professors from Connecticut, Smith, and Sweet Briar Colleges.

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 College for a Day 2023

January 2022

Virtual Lecture Series

Via ZOOM, join us for a lecture followed by questions and answers each week in January 2022.

Week 1: “Applying Systems Thinking to Food and
Agriculture Sustainability Challenges”

Dr. Lisa Powell

Sweet Briar College

January 10, 2022,  Monday, 10 am MST  CLOSED

Join Dr. Powell as she explores the complexities contained within seemingly simple things that surround us every day, including common foods.  We will consider questions and challenges around making these foods more “sustainable.”  Through the discussion of intertwined environmental, social, and economic challenges, she will explore strategies for approaching complex problems, focusing on systems thinking. 

Week 2: “Black Holes: Peering Behind the Curtain of One of Nature’s Greatest Mysteries”

Dr. Gary Felder

Smith College

January 17, 2022,  Monday, 10 am MST CLOSED

Curious about some of the most mysterious things in our known universe? Are you a fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson? Join Dr. Felder for his talk exploring black holes.
A black hole is an object so dense that nothing, not even light itself, can escape from its gravity. While we can’t see inside a black hole, we still have so much to learn by observing matter as it falls in towards them, and by using the laws of physics to predict what happens inside. Are black holes singularities of infinite density? Are they wormholes to other regions of time and space? What would you experience if you fell into a black hole? We will also explore two recent groundbreaking observations: the 2015 measurement of gravity waves from two colliding black holes, and the 2017 first-ever photograph of a black hole. 

Week 3: “Environmental Critical Zones/Youth Voices: Reading the Wrack Lines”

Andrea Wollensak, Professor of Art

Conneticut College

January 28, 2022 FRIDAY, 10 am MST CLOSED


2022 Virtual Lectures

by professors from Connecticut, Smith, and Sweet Briar Colleges.

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Check back in Fall 2022

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College for a Day 2023!


2022 Speakers

Three Distinguished Professors

Discuss Three Dynamic Subjects

Dr. Lisa Powell
Dr. Lisa Powell

Professor of Environmental Science and Agriculture, Sweet Briar College

Dr. Lisa Powell is Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Agriculture at Sweet Briar College, where she is also the Director of the Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability. She teaches a range of courses, including environmental policy, natural resources management, and sustainable agriculture and food systems, as well as hands-on courses in greenhouse and outdoor vegetable production. Her research and
publications focus on strengthening regional food systems, land use policy, adoption of new technologies in the agri-food sector, and food literacy education. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard University, an M.S.
in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in American Studies and Sustainability from the University of Texas at Austin.



Dr. Gary Felder
Dr. Gary Felder

Professor of Physics at Smith College

Professor Gary Felder grew up in North Carolina. He studied physics at Oberlin College, took off three years to backpack around Europe, Israel and Central America, and then returned to school to get a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University. His thesis work was with Andrei Linde on the early universe, which has been his main research focus ever since. After getting his doctorate, Felder did a two-year postdoc at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto. 


Andrea Wollensak
Andrea Wollensak

Professor of Art at Connecticut College

Andrea Wollensak is an artist, designer and educator. Her work spans multi-media from traditional and digital fabrication to generative-interactive systems and includes collaborations with community partners, computer programmers, musicians, poets, and scientists. Themes in her work explore place-based narratives on environment and community. She joined Connecticut College in 1993 after Receiving a F.F.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.F. A from Yale University.

Her specializations include social design and collaborative community ventures, mapping and visualizing data, digital poetics, locative media, interactive and site-specific installation works.




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