COS Speakers Series


The purpose of the COS Speakers Series is to provide a forum in which all members of the College of the Siskiyous faculty and staff can share insights into topics and activities that are of interest to them with the COS community and the general public. It is not meant to be used for the purpose of promoting a particular political or religious agenda. All presentations should be of interest to a wide audience and be consistent with the spirit of openness and inclusiveness that is central to the College's mission.

For more information about past and upcoming presentations, please bookmark this website.

what's coming up next?

Homo NalediThe Power of Music with Ron Slabbinck
Thursday, 19-Nov-2015 at 7:30pm in Science 210, Weed campus

Music has played a powerful role throughout human history. Often referred to as the universal language, music has inspired the masses, galvanized the oppressed, and saved countless lives. But can music truly be a transformative, compelling force? Is music more than just a collection of organized sounds?  Can music truly save lives? These and other questions will be considered when the College of the Siskiyous Speaker Series hosts “The Power of Music” on Thursday, November, 19, 2015 on the COS Weed Campus.

Ron Slabbinck takes us on a journey that is part history lesson, part personal journey, part performance, and part advocacy for music in schools. As a professional performer, teacher, and author, he has seen firsthand the life changing effects of music on himself and those whom he has encountered along his path. His presentation is open to the public and free of charge. It will be held on Thursday, November 19, in the Science Building, College of the Siskiyous, Room 210 starting at 7:30 pm. The Speakers Series is presented by COS staff as a public service. Contact 530.938.5373 for more information.

2014-2015 schedule

2015-2016 Calendar

Ken Goehring - Recent Events in Human Evolution

Ron Slabbinck - The Power of Music

Danielle Signor and Bill Hirt - Gem Identification

David Carico - Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Travel

Lloyd Elliott - Music: The Magic, the Math and the Mystery

John MuirRecent Events in Human Evolution is the first COS Speakers Series’ presentation of the 2015-2016 academic year. Subsequent presentations will explore topics ranging from the power of music to black holes.

During the academic year events in the series will typically begin at 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month on the Weed Campus. No talks will be held during December and January, however, because of the holiday season.

A list of presentation dates and working titles is given at right and will be updated as new information becomes available.

past presentations

The 2015-2016 academic year marks the sixth season of the COS Speakers Series. As we move forward with new talks we also want to build an archive that will give interested members of the community a sense of the diversity of the series' past presentations. The title of each presentation is listed below and most are linked to a flyer that gives a brief summary of the talk and a little information about the speaker.

Spring 2011 presentations:

  1. The Good Life: How to Create a Sustainable and Fulfilling Lifestyle with Sherry Ackerman
  2. Geologic History and Potential Hazards of Mount Shasta with Bill Hirt
  3. Matching 'Healthspan' to Lifespan with Michael Altman

Fall 2011-Spring 2012 presentations:

  1. Alpacas with Cindy Shipley
  2. There is No Nowhere Anymore: The Cold War and the Rise of Modern Political Culture with Chris Vancil
  3. The Pikas of Mount Shasta with Ken Goehring
  4. The Baby and the Bathwater: Image Making in the 21st Century with Jim Gilmore
  5. The Weird World of Quantum Mechanics with David Carico
  6. Megathrust Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest with Bill Hirt

Fall 2012-Spring 2013 presentations:

  1. Dutch Oven Cooking with Lori Luddon
  2. The Mathematics of Voting and Elections with Galen Ferrel
  3. The Secularism/Anti-Secularism Impasse with Daniel Kealey
  4. Physics Demonstrations with Michael Read
  5. Confessions from the Profession of Art with John Rickard
  6. The Art of Taxidermy with Richard Giordanengo

Fall 2013-Spring 2014 presentations:

  1. Just Too Much Money with Chris Vancil
  2. Craft Seen Hovering Near Mount Shasta! with Greg South and Mike Read
  3. Linking Wetland Restoration and Biofuel Production with Shane Lishawa
  4. Molecular Carpentry 101: The science behind GMOs & the biotechnology revolution with Bill Odegard
  5. The J.H. Baxter Superfund Site with Jenny Heath
  6. The Range of Light through a Forester's Eyes: Backpacking the John Muir Trail with Jim Ostrowski

Fall 2014-Spring 2015 presentations:

  1. Trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest with Bruce Johnston
  2. The History of Botanical Exploration on Mount Shasta with Alison Varty
  3. Lessons from Havana with Maria Fernandez
  4. The Mount Shasta Collection at the COS Library with Dennis Freeman
  5. Aerial Photography with a Drone and GoPro Camera with Mike Graves

Fall 2015-Spring 2016 presentations:

  1. Recent Events in Human Evolution with Ken Goehring
  2. The Power of Music with Ron Slabbinck
  3. Gem Identification with Danielle Signor and Bill Hirt
  4. Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Travel with David Carico
  5. Music: The Magic, the Math and the Mystery with Lloyd Elliott

who's doing this?

"The Committee": Rumor has it that the COS Speakers Series is organized by a secretive cabal of full- and part-time faculty members who apparently have way too much time on their hands.

If you have an idea for a future talk, might be interested in giving a presentation yourself or just want to contact the members of 'The Committee' we're told you can reach them at