(Lander, WY) – Each year, Wyoming Catholic College invites members of the wider university community to the town of Lander, distinguished men and women who bring complementary perspectives in a wide range of disciplines. This series is considered an essential part of the college curriculum, and attendance is mandatory for the entire student body. But it is more than just a compulsory part of their students’ education; it is also an opportunity to welcome members of the local community into the academic life of the College.
This year’s series kicks off on Monday, October 11 with a talk by Tate Geological Museum education specialist Mr. Russell Hawley. Mr. Hawley graduated from the University of Colorado in 1991 with a Fine Arts degree. His works have appeared in the America’s Smithsonian anniversary traveling exhibition, in “Islands in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Life on Land” by Dr. Dale A. Russell, in “Oceans of Kansas” by Michael Everhart, and in several issues of the Prehistoric Times. magazine. In addition to his work at the Tate, Mr. Hawley also organizes tours, writes articles for the museum newsletter, and produces illustrations for museum exhibits.
On November 19 there will be a presentation by Dr J. Scott Olsson of the College, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Natural Sciences here in Lander. Dr Olsson received his BS in Physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, before completing his doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, in Applied Mathematics. Prior to teaching at Wyoming Catholic College, Dr Olsson was a Senior Fellow at the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. While Dr. Olsson primarily teaches math and natural science in college, he also contributes to his unique Latin program.
Dr. Elizabeth Reyes will be the third guest speaker in the series on March 18. After graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 2003, Ms. Reyes obtained an MA in English Literature from the University of Dallas and received her PhD (with Distinction) from the Institute of Philosophical Studies at the Braniff Graduate School. His thesis was on âIshmael’s ketological quest: a progression of the imagination in Moby-Dick de Melvilleâ. She has been a faculty member at CollÃ¨ge Thomas d’Aquin since 2011.
The final event in the series will be an April 29 concert by pianist Teresa Walters. Described as “the international first lady of the piano” by the New York Times, Ms. Walters has performed as a recitalist and orchestral soloist on six continents and in most of the United States, including at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Cortot Hall in Paris, the Great Hall in Moscow, the Australian International Conservatory and the Jerusalem Concert Hall. She is known for her commitment to music as the ultimate universal language and for her vision of music as a ministry.
The lectures will take place at the Lander Community and Convention Center (950 Buena Vista Drive) and the concert will take place in the Auditorium of Lander Valley High School (350 Baldwin Creek Road). All four events will start at 7:00 p.m. and all are open to the public.