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?

"The Range of Light through a Forester's Eyes: Backpacking the John Muir Trail" The 218 mile John Muir Trail winds from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney through the heart of the High Sierra landscape. This presentation will describe the speaker’s recent hike along the trail and explore how the region’s human and natural histories have shaped American views of conservation and wilderness. Hopefully it will inspire you to take on your own wilderness adventure in John Muir's 'Range of Light'.

"The Range of Light Through a Forester's Eyes" will be presented from 7:30-8:30 PM on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Life Science 9 on the College's Weed campus.

2012-2013 schedule

Just Too Much Money
Craft seen hovering near Mount Shasta!
Wetland Restoration & Biofuel Production
Molecular Carpentry
J.H. Baxter Superfund Site
Backpacking the JMT

“Just Too Much Money: The Cedar Bluff dam controversy and water resource development in rural Kansas” was the first COS Speakers Series’ event of the 2013-2014 academic year, and subsequent presentations will explore topics ranging from wetland restoration to backpacking the John Muir Trail.

During spring 2014 events in the series will typically begin at 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month in Life Science room 3 (3-3) 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 2013-2014 academic year marks the fourth 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 by Chris Vancil
  2. Craft Seen Hovering Near Mount Shasta! by Greg South and Mike Read
  3. Linking Wetland Restoration and Biofuel Production by Shane Lishawa
  4. Molecular Carpentry 101: The science behind GMOs & the biotechnology revolution by Bill Odegard
  5. The J.H. Baxter Superfund Site by Jenny Heath
  6. The Range of Light through a Forester's Eyes: Backpacking the John Muir Trail by Jim Ostrowski

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