Adult Lecture Series

The Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission is pleased to present talks on topics that impact Colorado citizens and residents of Douglas County. The intent of these talks is to increase the understanding of how arts, science and technology affect current and future issues facing our community, and provide the opportunity to learn and discuss a variety of trending topics.

Parker Arts Adult Lecture Series is sponsored by Parker Adventist Hospital.

All lectures take place at PACE Center and are FREE and open to the public. We like to anticipate the number of guests attending, so although an RSVP is not required, it is appreciated. Please RSVP via email, Sign Up Genius, or phone at 303.805.6800.

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2019/2020 Lecture Schedule

September 4 – It Happened in Our Backyard: Stories of the Parker Pioneers
October 2 – Mindfulness, More Than Good Medicine
November 6 – Understanding your DNA: The Past, Present and Future of Human Genetic Research
January 8 – Finding Inspiration to Paint Colorado
February 5 – Front Range Corridor Paleontology
March 4 – Healing Arts and the Importance it Plays in the Healing Process
April 1 – Sun, Stem Cells, and Skin Cancer; A Researcher’s Perspective
May 6 – Let’s Hike Douglas County (Our 1/2 14ers)

It Happened in Our Backyard: Stories of the Parker Pioneers

Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dennis Niewoehner

We current day people know all about the historical structures extending from the 17 Mile House to the north of Parker to Castlewood Canyon to the south of Parker but the personal stories seem to disappear.  I would like to tell stories that I have learned about Indian interactions, pioneer women, marriages, little children, stagecoaches and outlaws. Like a good country western song by Garth Brooks, a Storyteller needs to make the stories feel heartfelt. Patrons are welcomed to download "My Life Emma Doud Gould" from Mr. Niewoehner’s lecture.

Mindfulness, More Than Good Medicine

Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Peggy Sheehan
, Physician at Kaiser and Director of Zen Center of Denver
Dr. Peggy Sheehan, a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School, is a pediatrician who has been in practice for over 30 years. She is a long time mediator who co-directs the Zen Center of Denver and teaches MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) for Kaiser Permanente. The MBSR program is an evidenced based program developed at UMass medical school starting in 1979. She has been facilitating this program for the past 15 years. Dr. Sheehan’s presentation will be an overview of mindfulness and the MBSR program- what, why and how, the research, benefits, and some practices.

Understanding your DNA: The Past, Present and Future of Human Genetic Research

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Michael Edwards, PhD
, CEO of Bioinfo Solutions, LLC
The information contained in the ~6 billion bits of code stored in our DNA can be used to trace ancestry across the planet, to convict someone of murder or to predict the potential for a terminal disease later on in life. The cost of determining this genetic code for the average person has previously been prohibitive, but recent scientific advances have now made it feasible for most people in the developed world to know their genetic makeup. This lecture will attempt to summarize the current state of genetic research and try to explain how all this information will completely change the way we do science and medicine in the future. I will also touch on some of some of the new advances in biomedical field like gene editing (CRISPR) and immunotherapy for cancer treatment.

Finding Inspiration to Paint

Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Jay Moore
, Professional Artist and Parker Resident
A native of Colorado, artist Jay Moore will recount his adventures hiking and exploring to gather inspiration for his paintings over the past 30 years. See the most beautiful scenery the state has to offer through his oil paintings. He will describe the process and thought that goes into every work. Sleeping under the stars, bathing in high mountain streams and wildlife encounters are all part of the job. There will be a Q/A session at the end of the power point program.

Front Range Corridor Paleontology

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Ian Miller, PhD
, Director of the Earth and Space Sciences, Curator of Paleobotany, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Colorado has been a hotbed for paleontology and incredible fossil finds for more than 100 years. Just over the past decade, the Denver Museum has been involved in several of the largest paleontological finds in American history and they happened right here in our backyard This talk will cover those finds, how they have helped elucidate the history of life on Earth, and what is still left to be discovered!

Healing Arts and the Importance it Plays in the Healing Process

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Barbara Sims
, Healing Arts Coordinator, Parker Adventist Hospital
What difference can live music make in the healing process? What is the science between live music versus other types of music?  What are some of the amazing stories which can be told related to live music and how it can make a difference not only in a patient’s life but also in your life?  How does Visual Arts help in the Healing process? Would you personally like to experience some live therapeutic music and feel refreshed? Barbara’s hope is that one may be inspired with the potential that live music can have in not only a patient’s life but also in one’s own life  and come away feeling renewed, refreshed and reinvigorated as a result of our time together. 

Sun, Stem Cells, and Skin Cancer

RESCHEUDLED: Wednesday, June 3, 6:30pm 
(originally scheduled on April 1)
Speaker: Enrique C. Torchia, PhD
, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
The incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer has been increasing dramatically over the last few decades. This is particularly evident in sun drenched states like Colorado. In this lecture you will learn about skin cancer, what causes it, current treatments, and how medical researchers study and model skin cancer, which originates from the normal stem cells found in skin.

Let’s Hike Douglas County (Our 1/2 14ers)

Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Jackie Sanderson
, Natural Resource Specialist, Douglas County Division of Open Space & Natural Resources
You can enjoy beautiful scenery, rocks, peaks, wildlife, and solitude without having to fight the I-70 traffic.  Douglas County has protected almost 17,000 acres of fabulous properties that connect to thousands of others that will never be developed. With 10 trailheads and over 90 miles of trails just on open space lands, you can seek out a variety of opportunities to explore with your friends.  Or try our park lands or National Forests for hundreds of miles more for hiking.  Find out where to take the back roads and embark on some day hikes that will entice you to discover more (maybe on mountain bikes or horseback!)  View scenic photos and trail maps that will lead you to your next outdoor adventure not far from home, but in the natural world that we love.