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The Psychology of Humor

Truckee, CA
From Mockery (the Darwin Awards) to Sarcasm (National Sarcasm Society- like we need your support), comedy can be viewed as a diagnostic tool for the investigation of enduring questions about the human condition.

$4,000,000 for 30 seconds: Are Super Bowl ads worth it?

Truckee, CA
Kut Heisinger will lead a lively discussion about Super Bowl ads in this popular Sierra College Insights session.

The Dark Side of the Universe Made Simple

Truckee, CA
One of the greatest accomplishments in recent astrophysics is the creation of a model for the complete inventory of the universe.

Bars, Barrios, and Berkeley: The Transformational Power of Language

Truckee, CA
Through an examination of poetry, memoir, and artistic activism participants will explore the empowering possibilities of personal narrative.  The session will include readings from Jimmy Santiago Baca's Singing at the Gat... read more

The Secret Life of Language

Truckee, CA
As a sociolinguist, Valerie Fridland, Ph.D. studies how language and social life are intimately connected. For this Sierra College Insights sessions, she will address commonly asked questions such as:
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Past Events

INSIGHTS: Saving working memory

INSIGHTS: Saving working memory

Truckee, CA
Saving working memory using training and neurostimulationMany of us fear losing our cognitive abilities. Advances in experimental techniques are being paired with cognitive training to see if lasting measurable benefits can be found. "Our work in healthy young and older adults pairs working memo...
Friday, October 13 2017 6:30 PM 8:15 PM

INSIGHTS: Positive Psychology

INSIGHTS: Positive Psychology

Truckee, CA
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing and optimal well-being. This interactive presentation by Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee professor Christopher Old will explore ideas and activities that help people thrive. "The relatively new field of Positive Psychology continues ...
Friday, September 8 2017 6:30 PM 8:15 PM

Raising the Wild

Raising the Wild

Truckee, CA
Writer, humorist and environmentalist Michael Branch will share insights from his most recent book, "Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness" and touch on his forthcoming book "Rants from the Hill." Learn more about the author at MichaelBranchwriter.com.
Friday, May 12 2017 6:30 PM 8:15 PM

Creation & Galapagos - SOLD OUT

Creation & Galapagos - SOLD OUT

Truckee, CA
Through a personal travelogue on his own trip to the Galapagos, Professor Derek Larson will review the specifics of evolutionary theory and explore examples of how evolution is researched today. Larson will also outline some of the controversy over the theory at Darwin’s time, ending with a discu...
Friday, April 21 2017 6:30 PM 8:15 PM

Decoding Scientific Controversies with Rhetoric

Decoding Scientific Controversies with Rhetoric

Truckee, CA
While debates over vaccination programs, genetic modification, and other hot topics may seem impossibly complex, they actually follow some predictable rhetorical patterns. Understanding these patterns helps us become better deliberators in discussions over science policy. Returning for a second ...
Friday, March 10 2017 6:30 PM 8:15 PM

$5 Million for 30 Seconds - Cancelled

$5 Million for 30 Seconds - Cancelled

Truckee, CA
CANCELLED ON ACCOUNT OF SNOW STORM / POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGE.
Friday, February 10 2017 6:30 PM 8:15 PM

Black Lives Matter and the Black Panther Party

Black Lives Matter and the Black Panther Party

Truckee, CA
With the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, many are looking back to the Black Panther Party as an important political and cultural precedent.  Eldridge Cleaver was one of the most controversial and contradictory members of the organization--he was a prisoner, Minister of Information ...
Friday, January 27 2017 6:30 PM 8:15 PM

INSIGHTS Yakkity Yak Workshop with Rebecca Cobain

INSIGHTS Yakkity Yak Workshop with Rebecca Cobain

Truckee, CA
Join us for an engaging workshop with Communicatios Professor Rebecca Cobain. What's your communication style profile? Are you an observer? Do you like precise directions? Would you rather work alone or in a group? Do you find it difficult to communicate or get your message across to certain peo...
Friday, November 4 2016 6:15 PM 8:15 PM

INSIGHTS: Suicide: A Complicated Grief with Dr. Bateman

INSIGHTS: Suicide: A Complicated Grief with Dr. Bateman

Truckee, CA
Suicide often brings us face to face with a myriad of intense responses—guilt, vulnerability, despair, anger, and powerlessness. This interactive session explores this complicated grief with a focus on compassion for one’s self as well as for our lost loved ones.   ABOUT DR. KIM BATEMAN Dr. Ba...
Friday, October 14 2016 6:30 PM 8:15 PM

INSIGHTS: Religion In A Globalized World with Kris Hansen

INSIGHTS: Religion In A Globalized World with Kris Hansen

Truckee, CA
Back by popular demand, Humantis Professor Kris Hansen will facilitate a fascinating discussion about  religious responses to globalization and we will evaluate the efficacy of religious responses in the contemporary world. Expect an examination of cultural and institutional ideas that support th...
Friday, September 9 2016 6:30 PM 8:15 PM
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