Since the beginning of time, humans have imagined and achieved ways to push the boundaries of the physical world. We want to be stronger, smarter, and more aware, and we create stories to bring those dreams to life. But many of those stories are no longer just stories; and with great new advances in science and technology, we are finding ways in which all of us are able to push the limits every day.
The Pushing the Limits public programs, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will explore these ideas through a discussion led by a STEM professional (science, technology, engineering, math) and library staff, using a blended science café and book club model that integrates feature film quality videos and suggested books. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories, and real science.
Four programs: March 11 and 18, April 24 and 29
All programs are free of charge and include a light dinner. Sign up for any or all of the events by calling the library, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , or registering online (below).
*You don’t have to read the suggested book in order to participate in the discussion.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 6:00 pm
Lisa Lund, Technology Coordinator, USD 458
Suggested book: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson*
Video: Roxanne Swentzell, Native American, artist, mother, home builder, and role model, is pushing the limits of artistic accomplishment through her connection to time-honored traditions of the past and, in so doing, sustaining the connection to future generations. Register for this program here.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:00 pm
Raven Naramore, caterer and nutritionist with the Merc in Lawrence, Ks.
Suggested book: The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel*
Video: South Carolina’s Sean Brock is an extraordinary chef, working to bring back classic Southern cuisine. Brock does this by approaching food and cooking like a scientist, using modern technologies and a deep love and understanding of generations of cooking knowledge. Register for this program here.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:00 pm
Kirsten Rhoads, BLHS Chemistry and Physics teacher
Suggested book: When the Killing’s Done by T. C. Boyle*
Video: Human nature, how is it defined? In this unit we see through the life of a courageous young man, Cameron Clapp, how new technologies are pushing the limits of what it means to be human, as well as how Cameron’s own intrinsic risk-taking nature is helping him push those limits. Register for this program here.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:00 pm
Rex Buchanan, Director of the Kansas Geological Survey
Suggested book: Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler*
Video: The Shrum farming family pushes its limits to survive as farmers while also bringing that survival instinct to their recreational activities – demolition derbies. Register for this program here.