Lectures and Presentations

Active Minds: History of Colorado

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

Come learn the stories of Colorado History. You will learn about the competing claims to Colorado dating back to the Native Americans who originally lived here. We will cover the 15 year struggle to become the 38th state as well as the role of mining and oil in the evolution of the state. Bring your favorite Colorado stories to share!
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Birding at the Stone House

Lectures and Presentations
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Off-site: 2900 S. Estes St., Lakewood

Interested in learning birding in the field? Meet us at the Stone House in the Bear Creek Greenbelt for a guided birdwatching walk among cattail marshes, riparian ponds, and woods along both concrete and dirt trails. Bring your binoculars if you’d like to see birds from a distance. The walk is rain or shine and the group will depart just after 9 a.m. from the parking lot.

Beginning Birding

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

Identify birds you see on your favorite walks, bike rides and hikes. We'll cover the basics and ethics of birding, how to distinguish passerine from non-passerine birds, birding techniques and location recommendations.

Geocaching

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

Learn all about this family-friendly activity. Local geocacher, Roby Sherman, will explain the basics and introduce the series especially designed for DPL.

Signing Smart

Lectures and Presentations
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meeting Room

Have you ever wondered what your little one might be thinking? Children aged 0-3 and their caregivers are invited to join us for a class where they can learn basic signs together to help the communication process. Our Family Literacy series continues this week with this class - looking forward to seeing you there!

Black Genealogy Search Group Heritage Festival 2015

Lectures and Presentations
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Level B2 Conference Center

Generations of Celebrations: Recording the Past for the Future

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Larry H. Spruill - educator, scholar, author, theologian and artist. Currently, Dr. Spruill is an Assistant Professor of History at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a creative vision and has published texts, academic and literary manuscripts. His motivational, inspirational, and creative talents are demonstrated in some of his photojournalism and via his global awareness in the civil rights moment.

Active Minds: Cuba: Past, Present & Future

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

With President Obama’s recent announcement signaling a historic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba, join Active Minds for a past, present and future look at our communist neighbor to the south. We will cover Castro’s revolution, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Guantánamo Bay and current implications of the change in U.S. policy.
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Active Minds: Napoleon

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

This June marked 200 years since Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. Join Active Minds as we review the life and legacy of this important leader. We will seek both to understand the man and his impact in his time, as well as how his leadership changed the world in ways that still have an impact today.
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Active Minds: Ukraine at a Tipping Point

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

The collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to seventy years of Soviet control of Ukraine. During that time Ukraine suffered extensive famines, deportation of its citizens, and repopulation of its country by ethnic Russians. Since independence, Ukraine has aligned more with the west, resulting in escalating tension between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians. Recently Russia has sent troops into Ukraine in an effort to protect their interests as Ukraine has destabilized. This has dramatically escalated the crisis. Join Active Minds as we explore this delicate situation.

Active Minds: The National Parks

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

The world's first national park, Yellowstone, was created by an act of Congress in 1872. Today, the national park system includes 392 sites (58 national parks), over 83 million acres of land, and hosts over a quarter million visitors per year. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of the development of our national parks system and highlight some of the more notable parks and their stories.
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