March 22, 2018

Tacking Wolves in Yellowstone:  Lessons for Ecotourism and Conservation

Dr. Nathan Varley

7:00 p.m.


Dr. Nathan Varley is a natural and cultural historian specializing in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.  He has spent his life in Yellowstone working as a wildlife biologist and educator and has been “on the ground” with the gray wolves of Yellowstone Park since their reintroduction in 1995. He will share how Yellowstone’s wolves are doing now and how their presence is helping to restore the natural ecosystem of the landscape. He will also address the coexistence of wolves and ranchers outside the park, although controversy remains. 

Nathan holds an M.S. from Montana State University and a Ph.D. from University of Alberta in ecological studies. He is co-authoring a chapter about wolf watching in Yellowstone slated to appear in a
Yellowstone Wolf book. Recently Nathan and Linda were awarded the 2017 Citizens Advocacy Award by Defenders of Wildlife. For more information visit

Held at Salida Steam Plant Theater, 220 W Sackett Ave, Salida, CO 81201

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April 12, 2018

Stem Cell Therapy Today:  Seperating Reality from Hype

Dr. Steven Dow

7:00 p.m.

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Dr. Steven Dow, Professor of Immunology and Director of the Center for Immune and Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) at CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will provide an informal overview of stem cell therapy. He will discuss state-of-the-art  technologies for regenerative medicine and share his insights about the field’s future in terms of new developments and clinical trials.  He will explore what is currently being offered as “stem cell therapy” in U.S. clinics and what we can realistically expect from FDA  approved, as well as unapproved, therapies.  

Dr. Dow will incorporate discussion of stem cell studies conducted in his own laboratory at the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine into his lecture.   Dr. Dow’s DVM is from the University of Georgia and his M.S. in Clinical Sciences and Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology are from Colorado State University. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 
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Held at Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St., Buena Vista, CO 81211.

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May 10, 2018

That's Not God, That's Your Ego:  Religion, Gender and Politics in 2018

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

7:00 p.m.


Rev. Dr. Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, will discuss how, as she says, "religion has been weaponized in politics." But, she argues, diverse sources of resistance are emerging from a revitalized women's movement, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, LGBTQ activists, and humanist and religious progressives. The year 2018, like 1968, is a watershed moment for reviving and improving democracy for all Americans. The key to building and sustaining such work is to challenge those who are blinded by their conviction that God is on their side by standing up for the inherent dignity and worth of every human, as well as for the life of the planet.  

Dr. Thistlethwaite received her M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and her Ph.D. from Duke University. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, her numerous books include her most recent, Women’s Bodies as Battlefield: Christian Theology and the Global War on Women (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
Held at  217 Crossman Ave, Buena Vista, CO 81211.

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June 21, 2018

Ute Land Religion:  Remebering She-towitch and Chipeta

Dr. Brandi Denison

7:00 p.m.


Dr. Brandi Denison, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at University of North Florida, explores the intersection of land, race, and religion as well as gender, violence, memory, and theories of religion. She will share her research on She-towitch and Chipeta, Ute women who became the center of white Coloradans’ romantic ideals of Indians.  They valued Ute reverence of nature and She-towitch and Chipeta emerged as representations of Indian moral and spiritual goodness. Their legends recalled the Pocahontas narrative, saving white people from the perceived brutality of Indian men. Additionally, in Euro-American discourse, women were more closely tied to natural religious expression.    

Dr. Denison’s M.A. in Religious Studies is from UC Boulder and her Ph.D., also in Religious Studies, from     UNC Chapel Hill. Her first book is Ute Land Religion in the American West, 1879-2009 (University of Nebraska Press, 2017).  For more information visit

Held at Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St., Buena Vista, CO 81211.

July 26, 2018

A Brief Hisotry of Climate Science

Dr. Christian Shorey

7:00 p.m.


Dr. Christian Shorey is Assistant Department Head of Geology and Geologic Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. His research focuses on paleoclimatology, the study of ancient climates. While climate science has been a politically controversial topic recently, its origins are divorced from such politics, going back several centuries.  By exploring the story of the scientists and science involved in climate science, a clearer picture of what we know and how we know it will be revealed. 

Dr. Shorey received his Ph.D. in Geoscience from the University of Iowa. At Colorado School of Mines, he is the creator and instructor of a popular lecture-based podcast, Earth and Environmental Systems, which covers a broad range of topics from geology to climate change to evolution. for more information visit

Held at Salida Steam Plant Theater, 220 W Sackett Ave, Salida, CO 81201

September 13, 2018

Avalance Science: the Cold Facts

Dr. Ethan Greene

7:00 p.m.


Dr. Ethan Greene has been the Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) since 2005.  Prior to his time with the CAIC, Dr. Greene spent several winters in the San Juan Mountains, at Big Sky Ski Resort as a ski patroller and at the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center as an avalanche forecaster. 

Dr. Greene studied meteorology at the University of Utah and atmospheric science, specifically snowdrift formation, at Colorado State University. He has also examined and researched the microstructure of snow and its metamorphism in Colorado and Switzerland, earning a PhD in Geosciences. Dr. Greene has published various scholarly articles on snow, weather.  

Dr. Greene holds an M.S. in atmospheric science and a Ph.D. in Geoscience, both from Colorado State University. He is the author of Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States and The International Classification for Seasonal Snow on the Ground. For more information visit

Held at Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St., Buena Vista, CO 81211.