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.

what's coming up next?

Shasta Lily by Tom Hilton"Lessons From Cuba" with Maria Fernandez on Thursday, February 19 at 7:30pm.

The 2014/2015 COS Speaker Series continues its fifth season with "Lessons From Cuba,“ presented by College of the Siskiyous English instructor Maria Fernandez on February 19th, 2015.

Between July 3rd and 11th, 2014, Maria Fernandez took a group of thirteen COS students to Havana, Cuba for an artistic and cultural learning experience. In general, Study Abroad courses provide rich opportunities for students to directly engage with a culture different from their own. Havana, Cuba proved to be an ideal classroom. President Obama’s recent announcement that eases travel restrictions to Cuba has created a great interest in travel to the island nation. Travel to Cuba remains unavailable to most Americans, however, unless they travel as members of one of the previously- approved groups—business, journalism, or cultural exchange. Hopefully, the President’s announcement will make it easier for American students to study in Cuba. In this visual presentation, Maria will share her impressions of this dynamic country, as well as the thoughts and creative expressions of her students.

Maria Fernandez earned her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from CSU, Sacramento in 1989. She has also recently completed advanced interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities at CSU, Dominguez Hills. Her poetry has appeared in Moving Mountain and Jefferson Monthly, and she was a guest poet on NPR’s West Coast Live. Maria has been teaching at College of the Siskiyous since 1994.

"Lessons From Cuba" will be presented on February 19th at 7:30 PM in Room 3 of the old Life Science building on the north side of the Weed campus. All COS Speaker Series presentations are open to the public and free of charge.

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

2014-2015 schedule

2014-2015 Calendar

Bruce Johnston - Trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest

Alison Varty - The History of Botanical Exploration on Mount Shasta

Maria Fernandez - Lessons From Cuba

Dennis Freeman - Mount Shasta Collection

Mike Graves - Drone + GoPro Camera Demo and Talk

John Muir"Trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest" was the first COS Speakers Series’ event of the 2014-2015 academic year, and subsequent presentations will explore topics ranging from cultural and historical Mount Shasta to a music-themed evening talk.

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 2014-2015 academic year marks the fifth 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 by Sherry Ackerman
  2. Geologic History and Potential Hazards of Mount Shasta by Bill Hirt
  3. Matching 'Healthspan' to Lifespan by Michael Altman

Fall 2011-Spring 2012 presentations:

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

Fall 2012-Spring 2013 presentations:

  1. Dutch Oven Cooking by Lori Luddon
  2. The Mathematics of Voting and Elections by Galen Ferrel
  3. The Secularism/Anti-Secularism Impasse by Daniel Kealey
  4. Physics Demonstrations by Michael Read
  5. Confessions from the Profession of Art by John Rickard
  6. The Art of Taxidermy by 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 Mt. Shasta with Alison Varty
  3. Lessons from Havana with Maria Fernandez

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