Explore the ideas of survival, connection, knowledge, and nature this summer in our Science Cafe. Faculty members from Simpson College will join us to lend their perspectives.
We'll be reading:
In the Heart of the Sea
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Dr. Jackie Brittingham, Professor of Biology will be joining us.
In 1820, the Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by a bull sperm whale. During ninety days at sea, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.
Thunderstruck by Erick Larson.
Our guest will be Dr. Brian Steffan, Chair of the Department of Multimedia Studies
In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASAs African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in Americas space program and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now.
When the Killing's Done
by T.C. Boyle
Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist spearheading the efforts to save the islands' native creatures from invasive species. Dave LaJoy is a local businessman who is fiercely opposed to the killing of any animals whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert her plans.