It's in The Bag: Lunchtime Lectures


All lectures are from 12noon to 1:00 p.m. and take place in Cascades Hall, Rm. 117-118.

Download series poster here.

Wednesday, October 7

Problematic Behavior Part II: A Strategy for Sustained Change

Daniel Stroud, Ph.D., Instructor, Community Counseling
Stroud continues his popular discussion about people with problematic behavior, and explains how behavioral roadblocks can arise in childhood and resurface throughout life. He’ll explore how  awareness can lead to a sustainable change, and ultimately towards optimal health and well-being.
Wednesday, November 4

Green Homes and Green Consumerism: What Does Green Really Mean?

Matt Shinderman, Ph.D., Instructor, Natural Resources;
David Knuff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Business Administration
What motivates us to buy organic food versus invest in a green home? Is it financial, or are there other reasons? Learn the results of a survey of Bend’s recent home buyers, including green home buyers, what they said about buying green, and how that information is valuable.
Wednesday, December 2

Biking and Quilting for “Joe the Plumber”

Kreg Lindberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tourism and Outdoor Leadership
The economic impact of Central Oregon’s special events reach far beyond the hospitality industry.  Using the Road Racing National Championships and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show as examples, Lindberg demonstrates how these events generate revenue that flows throughout our economy, and benefits even the proverbial “Joe the Plumber”.
Wednesday, January 6

Doing Business in the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, Peru

James Sickler, Adjunct Instructor, Business Administration
The countries of South America’s Southern Cone - Argentina, Chile, and Peru -- make up the most prosperous macro-region in Latin America.  Business opportunities in the Cone are numerous -- as are the risks.  Learn about the promise and pitfalls of doing business in the Southern Core from James Sickler, who has spent a decade developing businesses in Chile.
Wednesday, February 3

Six Qualities of Strong Families

Dennis Lynn, Ph.D., Instructor, Human Development and Family Sciences
The goal of a healthy, vibrant family is a common pursuit.  The challenge is in the implementation.  In this presentation, Lynn provides a toolbox: the six basic characteristics identified with strong and resilient families.  Learn how you can apply these qualities within your own family.
Wednesday, March 3

Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead  - Religion, Pragmatism, and the Ecology of Place

Neil Browne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Liberal Studies
In this lecture, Browne uses Robinson’s beautiful and acclaimed novel, Gilead, as a backdrop for a discussion that bring two ways of thinking—religious and secular—into an ecological conversation.  He will explore how Robinson has taken a tradition interpreted as unbending, and in it, found potential for a progressive, ecologically-oriented American future.
Wednesday, April 7

Canada: It’s NOT part of the US

Ron Reuter, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Natural Resources
What is the world’s second largest area based on land mass, and the thirty-sixth based on population?  It’s Canada.  Reuter recently explored the Province of Alberta as a fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute.  Come learn of his discoveries in the Great White North and why Canadians like to say, “we’re just like the US, except we’re not”.
Wednesday, May 5

Bringing Civility Back

Natalie Dollar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Liberal Studies
A speech communications specialist, Dollar will examine her perception of a gradual demise of civil conversation across the country, with the goal of promoting true dialogue, particularly in civic involvement.   She’ll discuss her and other scholars’ research across a range of academic disciplines that examine ways citizens can engage in inclusive and civil conversations with one another.
Wednesday, June 2

Why not Gross National Happiness?  Contemporary Obstacles to Psychological Well-Being

Christopher Wolsko, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Research Associate, Psychology
Our recent economic woes have likely made you wonder what you truly need to be happy.  Psychologists have long questioned using financial indicators as measures of a success.  In this talk, Wolsko adds to the discussion and provides an overview of his and other research on the psychology of well-being, focusing on the problems of materialism and alienation from nature, and suggests constructive alternative ideals.