PARKER ARTS 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.

Lectures take place at PACE Center and are FREE and open to the public. Guests must acquire free tickets through Parker Arts Box Office at 303.805.6800 or online. 

Please email Parker Arts Education with inquiries or to connect with the Parker Arts Cultural and Scientific Commission heading up the lecture series.  

2020/2021 Lecture Schedule

August 5 - Sun, Stem Cells, and Skin Cancer; A Researcher’s Perspective (rescheduled from April 1 as a Zoom lecture)
September 2 – Urban Coyotes, Katie Doyle, District Wildlife Officer, Department of Wildlife
October 14 – Crowdsourcing Coronavirus, Michael Edwards
November 4 – The Utes: Colorado’s Forgotten People, Ernest House Jr.
January 6 – Climate Change, Dr. Merritt Turetsky, Director, INSTAAR, University of Colorado Boulder
February 3 – Behind the Curtain, A discussion with Parker Arts Production Team
March 3 – Alfred Packer Cannibal Archaeology, Erin Baxter, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
April 7 – The Need for Good Foster Parents, Jazmin Dolbin
May 5 – Let’s Hike Douglas County, Jackie Sanderson, Natural Resource Specialist, Douglas County Division

RESCHEDULED: Sun, Stem Cells, and Skin Cancer

August 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM
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.

View the live lecture Adult Lecture: Sun. Stem Cells. Skin Cancer Research.

Urban Coyotes

September 2, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Katie Doyle, District Wildlife Officer, Department of Wildlife
Perhaps no other wild animal has endured the wrath of humans while evoking such genuine heartfelt admiration quite like the coyote. Some people curse their existence; Native Americans consider them to be the smartest animal on earth, calling them "God’s dog", and many urbanites revel in opportunities to see and hear these vocal predators. Coyotes have adjusted very well to human-disturbed environments, and now thrive in close proximity to people. So how do we learn to coexist with them? Join Wildlife Manager, Katie Doyle; from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for an educational lecture that will help explain why coyotes are so adaptive and answer the questions of the community.
Reserve your free tickets here.

Crowdsourcing Coronavirus: Analyzing Experimental Data From One Epidemic To Understand The Current One

October 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Michael Edwards, CEO Bioinfo Solutions
To date, little is known about the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that is at the center of the current global epidemic. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to a new strain of human viruses that emerged from Wuhan providence in China in December 2019. There are very few animal studies addressing the host response to SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, the virus is very similar at the genetic level to the previously identified human infecting coronavirus responsible for the 2002-3 pandemic, including targeting the same cells and producing almost identical infection symptoms. These observations provide the rationale for mining the vast array of previous studies on coronavirus infection to understand the current viral outbreak. Results from this meta-analysis gives us insight into how the current coronavirus affects its host and possible ways we can either help prevent or treat the infection.
Reserve your free tickets here.

The Utes: Colorado’s Forgotten People

November 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Ernest House, Jr., Senior Policy Director, Keystone Policy Center
The Ute tribes have a rich history of adaptation in a region that could otherwise be harsh. Their timeless culture and relationship to what we call Colorado and on today’s Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. Join Ernest House, Jr., former executive director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and great-grandson of the last hereditary chief of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, as he draws connections between the past and contemporary life of Colorado’s oldest continuous residents.
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Climate Change: Permafrost Thaw in the Arctic and Our Climate's Future 

January 6, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Merritt Turetsky, Director and Professor, Institute of Artic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
This lecture will address some of the ongoing climatic and environmental changes that are affecting the Arctic, including megafires and thawing permafrost. Dr. Turetsky will speak to her 20 years of working across Boreal and Arctic regions and will use images and storytelling to describe the changes that she has observed in her (relatively) short career. Finally, we will look to the future and discuss how a changing Arctic might influence atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and thus dictate our climate future.
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Behind The Curtain: A Discussion with Parker Arts Production Team

February 3, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Parker Arts Production
Learn and see for yourself how your favorite Parker Arts shows are put together from the ground up. This lecture will take you from concept to creation using the set of the Sound of Music as a full size model for the lecture. Guests may participate in guided backstage tour following the lecture
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The Curious Case of Colorado Cannibal Alferd Packer

March 3, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Erin Baxter, Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
In the winter of 1874, mining prospector Alferd Packer and five companions tried to cross the southern Rocky Mountains. Only Packer lived. The bodies of his companions were soon found and firestorm of controversy ensued. Packer told different accounts of their deaths and the press went wild over talk of betrayal, murder and cannibalism. Even after he was convicted and served 18 years the controversy persisted. Was Packer a cannibal? Was he a murderer? Did the political climate influence his trial? This is a 21st century take on Alferd Packer that will include an analysis of historical information and new archaeological data and experimental archaeology to the tell and re-tell story of the Colorado Cannibal.
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The Need for Good Foster Parents

April 7, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Jazmin Dolbin
Children in foster care are naturally at a disadvantage. Good foster parents can break cycles regarding education, crime, teen pregnancy, and addiction. Join us for this informative discussion on the importance of foster care.
Reserve your free tickets here.

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

May 5, 2021, 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.