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Lecture Series Explores Books, Art That Changed Our Lives

The 2010 Community Lecture Series at The University of Montana begins Tuesday, Feb. 16, and tickets are now available for purchase.

This year’s series – "The Power to Move: Books and Art that Changed Our Lives" – features lectures by six outstanding UM faculty members who will examine selected books and works of art that changed the way we think and behave. Those who attend the lecture series do not need to be familiar with the books or works of art to be discussed and can learn about them at the events.

Lectures will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 16 through March 23, at the University Center Theater. Each event will include a question-and-answer session. 

Cost for the complete lecture series is $20 for the general public, $15 for UM Alumni Association dues-paying members and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the UM Office of Alumni Relations at 406-243-5211. Space is limited.

The moderator and facilitator of this year’s lecture series is Professor Linda Gillison, chair of UM’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature.

Following is the lecture series schedule:

  • Feb. 16: "How the Bible Came to Be" by liberal studies/religious studies Assistant Professor Nathanial Levtow.
  • Feb. 23: "The Trails We Trod from ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’" by history and African-American studies Assistant Professor Tobin Shearer.
  • March 2: "Responding to Our ‘Silent Spring’" by environmental studies Associate Professor Dan Spencer.
  • March 9: "Resolving Gunnar Myrdal’s ‘An American Dilemma’" by history Associate Professor Jeff Wiltse.
  • March 16: "Matisse and Van Gogh: The Shock of Post-Impressionist Painting" by art Associate Professor Valerie Hedquist.
  • March 23: "‘Riots of Spring’: Stravinsky and Musical Modernism" by music Assistant Professor James Randall.