Lectures and Presentations

“A Baseball Revolution,” The Kansas City Monarchs

Lectures and Presentations
2:00 pm
Meeting Room

Author and sports historian Phil Dixon has extensively researched African-Americans in baseball. Spending most of his adult life researching and recording the history of baseball’s Negro Leagues, he will explore the impact the Kansas City Monarchs had on both the game of baseball and race relations in the United States.

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Backyard Poultry Keeping 101 with The Urban Farm at Stapleton

Lectures and Presentations
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meeting Room

Would you like to have fresh, chicken eggs right from your own backyard but don’t know where to begin? Learn what kind of housing and supplies you need to keep chickens, how to acquire chicks or adult chickens who are ready to lay, the right kind of breed for your needs, how to properly care for your feathered friends from feed to health checks and medication. Why does my chicken do that? Learn about natural behaviors and special poultry talents. Finally, what are my options when the chickens stop laying?

Active Minds: Vietnam

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Last spring and summer marked 50 years since U.S. soldiers began fighting a ground war in Vietnam. Half a century later, Vietnam is a very different country with a rapidly growing economy and relatively friendly relations with the United States. Join Active Minds as we take a look back at the evolution of Vietnam today. We will cover the history as well as Vietnam's current and future role in the region.

Active Minds: China's Economic Evolution

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

A year ago this summer, the Shanghai stock market lost more than one-third of its value, creating financial ripples throughout the world and sparking broad criticism of how the Chinese government is managing its economy. Join Active Minds for a look at China’s complex journey from a sleepy Communist economy to one of the most important financial forces in the world.

Active Minds: O Canada!

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

The world’s longest land border is between the United States and our neighbor to the north. Most Americans, however, would find it difficult to talk about the country of Canada for more than a few minutes. Join Active Minds for a full hour on what makes Canada unique and special, including their history and current challenges.

Active Minds: Olympics

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

This summer’s Olympic Games will be set against a backdrop of concern surrounding the Zika virus and accusations of political corruption in Brazil. Born of diplomatic and political design, the Olympics have always played an important role in international politics. The games provide a stage for both international cooperation and peaceful competition, as well as international conflict and confrontation. Join Active Minds as we explore the rich history of the Olympic Games and how they have been involved in a variety of international political issues over the years.

This program is brought to you by the Stapleton Master Community Association and Active Minds.

Active Minds: History of the Atomic Bomb

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

August 6th and 9th marked the anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ushering in the nuclear age. Join Active Minds for a look at the origins and history of atomic weapons. We will discuss the achievements of the Manhattan Project and the subsequent nuclear arms race during the Cold War. We will end with a discussion of current nuclear proliferation concerns.

Active Minds: Women of Denver History

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

The city of Denver was shaped by the efforts of many great people. Join Active Minds as we focus on the women of Denver and their contributions to the city and the state. We will cover some familiar names as well as some lesser known figures as we trace the impact of these women and their place in history.

This program is brought to you by the Stapleton Master Community Association and Active Minds.

Active Minds: Renewable Energy

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Energy from renewable sources (solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, etc) is an important part of the future of energy in the U.S. and the world. The issues involved are complex, involving technical challenges, economic issues, as well as environmental, political and social factors. Join Active Minds as we survey the current state of renewable energy and look at the various forces that will influence how these resources will evolve in the future.

This program is brought to you by the Stapleton Master Community Association and Active Minds.

Active Minds: Nuclear Energy

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Nuclear power has a checkered history that includes the Chernobyl disaster, Three Mile Island, and the more recent incident after the earthquake in Japan. Advocates, however, point to advantages such as zero carbon emissions and cite the example of France, which produces over 75% of its electricity from nuclear power and is the world’s largest exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation. Join Active Minds, 30 years after Chernobyl and five years after the Japanese nuclear accidents, as we evaluate the pros and cons of this controversial source of power.

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