2017 Presentations
All events are from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Or Romeo and Juliet with a Happy Ending

Dr. Melissa Crofton
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
September 28, 2017

Many people are familiar with Shakespeare’s story of the ill-fated love between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet—perhaps because it is one of the most widely taught plays in high school curriculum—but significantly fewer people are familiar with his comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written roughly around the same time as Romeo and Juliet. This lecture will provide a concise, yet in-depth investigation of both plays, and attendees will learn how the plot and characters of one play serve as the focus for the other.


Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: Research and Treatment in 2017

Dr. Frank Webbe
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
October 12, 2017

Alzheimer’s disease threatens all of us as we age. But, what determines who is most and least likely to suffer Alzheimer’s in the future, and what can be done to prepare and treat this disease? Dr. Webbe will discuss the nature of this disease, its epidemiology, the most cogent risk factors, available treatments, and breaking research finding.


The Mysteries of Lightning

Dr. Hamid Rassoul
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
October 26, 2017


Over There and Over Here: America Enters World War I

Dr. Robert Taylor
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
November 9, 2017

One hundred years ago in 1917, the United States opted to enter WWI in Europe and thus discovered the price of being a world power. This presentation will focus on the military challenges American faced in sending a large army to France and preparing it to face the Germans in the trenches and the war’s consequences.


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