Black Hills State University invites community members to attend a variety of lectures and presentations planned for the fall 2009 semester.

The Community Lecture and Lunch series will feature a series of five lectures offered during the lunch hour. The presentations, which cover a range of topics including science, economics and world politics, will be in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a $10 fee which covers the cost of lunch. Reservations are requested, but not required. For more information and to make a reservation, please call Shelby Cihak at (605) 642-6420.

The first lecture in the Community Lecture and Lunch series will be Oct. 15 with a presentation by Carolyn Ferrell, M.S., who will speak on wildlife forensics. Ferrell will discuss the types of investigations and animal identifications the BHSU’s DNA laboratory is involved in and some of the procedures used in solving them. BHSU has one of only nine wildlife forensics labs in the country.

Other topics and presenters for the Community Lecture and Lunch Series, which are held at 11:30 a.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the Student Union, are as follows:

  • Nov. 19, Dr. Garth Spellman - “Sex and Feathers in the Black Hills”
  • Feb. 18, Dr. Kara Keeter – “The Dark Side of the Universe”
  • March 18, Dr. Ahrar Ahmad – “War and Peace in the Middle East”
  • April 15, Dr. Christian Nsiah – “Tumultuous Economic Times and You”

The Honors Program at BHSU is also hosting a speaker series which highlight BHSU faculty members discussing research that is of interest to students and to the community. All of the Honors Program presentations are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Honors Lounge.

Following is list of the Honor’s Program speaker series. There is no charge to attend these presentations.

  • Oct. 7, Dr. John Glover–“The History of the Creation of Native American Day”
  • Nov. 4, Kent Meyers-“The Process of Writing the Novel Twisted Tree”
  • Nov. 18, Shane Sarver –“Wildlife Forensics and What We Do at CCBR”
  • Dec. 9, Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg,-“The Twilight Series: What Studying Pop Culture Tells Us About Ourselves.”

A science speakers’ series, which includes a variety of science related topics presented by BHSU professors as well as visiting scholars, will be held on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 305. There is no charge to attend these presentations.

  • Oct. 2, Dr. Rachel Headley, USGS EROS, Landsat Project
  • Oct. 9, Dr. Susanna Remold, Department of Biology, University of Louisville,
  • Oct. 16, Dr. David Bergmann, BHSU science professor
  • Oct. 23, Dr. Reed Johnson, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-
  • Oct. 30, Dr. Kara Keeter, BHSU physics professor- “Welcome to the Darkside”
  • Nov. 6, Dr. J. Andrew DeWoody, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Purdue University,
  • Nov. 13 (No seminar scheduled)
  • Nov. 20, James Cohen, Department of Plant Sciences, Cornell University, “Systematics and Floral Development of Lithospermum L.”
  • Dec. 4, Christine Bergeon Burns, Department of Biology, Indiana University

For more information and to make a reservation, please call Shelby Cihak at (605) 642-6420 or visit www.BHSU.edu/Lectures to learn more.