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Aug. 27, 2004

Origins and Chautauqua Nexus Speaker Series Schedules

The Chautauqua Nexus and Origins Series are open forums scheduled throughout the fall semester at ULM.

Organizers of the Chautauqua Nexus aim to provide an opportunity for people in the community to learn from other people in the community about diverse interests.

The Origins Series is seven lectures designed by three ULM professors and sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and area supporters. Organizers hope to draw attention to the historical significance of "where we live" as a major locational advantage for our university and greater community.

Dr. Joe McGahan, ULM psychology professor and a driving force behind both groups, describes them this way, "Hopefully, it would lead people to realize that we have rich, indigenous resources, which leads us back to the nexus. Furthermore, if we assume that Louisiana is associated with culture more than many other states, this should be yet another feather in our cap as a state because it addresses the fact that culture in (northern) Louisiana goes way back (i.e., approximately 3500 b.c)."

Origins presentations will be in the Nursing Building Auditorium (room 107) at 7:15 p.m. on various days. Some topics throughout the semester include the Natural Setting by Kelby Ouchley, the First Mound Builders by Joe Saunders and the History Of Poverty Point: The Emergence Of The Tamaroha by Jon Gibson.

The Fall Chautauqua nexus schedule is also available. Some topics this fall are "From Dallas to Baghdad: Why the JFK Assassination Still Matters" by Gregory Pepetone, The City of Churches by Kenneth Robbins, and Stone Lithography: An Introduction by Doyle Geter.

All presentations are free and open to the public. The complete schedule for both series of talks can be found online at

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