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September 27, 2007
In its first year, the Great Conversations speaker series provided a unique setting for those with inquisitive minds to discuss with University research faculty relevant research topics ranging from terrorism to communication between the sexes.
The College of Liberal Arts faculty is gearing up for a second season that will explore the American West, economic empowerment of Ugandan women, myths and realities of traumatic stress and United States history. Tickets are now available for the series that kicks off Oct. 10. Ann Ronald, Foundation professor of English and recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award, will share her literary perspective in "From Cattle to Condos: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Home on the Range."
"Once again, I'm excited to bring cutting-edge research of the college's distinguished faculty to the community," said Heather Hardy, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "Great Conversations offers a special opportunity for faculty to share their perspectives about fascinating subjects, encourages community engagement in academic scholarship, and offers exclusive access to some of our community's most distinctive homes."
The program is based on a similar series offered at Colorado State University, which developed a loyal following in the Fort Collins community while simultaneously raising funds to support research and artistry of CSU faculty. Hardy was dean of CSU College of Liberal Arts before joining the University of Nevada, Reno in August 2005.
"The community was very receptive when we introduced Great Conversations last year," Hardy said. "The college experience provides special opportunities for interaction between faculty and students that are challenging to create with other audiences and in other venues. This program brings faculty into a small, social setting that encourages provocative discussion. There's nothing else like it in northern Nevada."
Great Conversations is limited to 20 subscribers per series. The $1,000 subscription price includes one member and one guest. Approximately $600 is tax-deductible with proceeds directed to The College of Liberal Arts Fund for Excellence, which supports a variety of college programs such as study abroad student scholarships and the distinguished speaker series Forum for Excellence. For subscriptions, please call Andrea Soffiotto at (775) 682-8973.