Orcas Crossroads Lecture Series
The Crossroads Lecture Series brings distinguished speakers to Orcas Island to share their expertise on timely and important issues. Topics and speakers are carefully selected with input from the Crossroads Associates and other members of the community. Important goals of the series are to provide the essential background for understanding different sides of complex issues and to encourage a lively exchange of ideas. (More about people and history on our About Us page.)
All lectures are Sundays, 4:00 p.m. at the Orcas Center with one exception this fall.
The Impulse Society is an urgent, powerful story: how the pursuit of short-term self-gratification, once scorned as a sign of personal weakness became the default principle, not only for individuals, but for all sectors of our society. Yet it is in this unease that journalist and author Paul Roberts finds clear signs of change—and broad revolt—as millions of Americans try to step off the self-defeating treadmill of gratification and restore a sense of balance.
• Lisa Bergman “Classical Funny Bones: The Lighter Side of Classical Music”
Sunday, June 7, 2015 4:00 pm, Orcas Center
Classical music is serious stuff—or is it? Lisa Bergman , concert pianist, KING FM on-air announcer, arts administrator and passionate promoter of classical music turns things inside out with the innermost secrets of over five centuries of music. With a live performance and colorful anecdotes—from catgut strings to Mozart in the marketplace—an hilarious adventure behind the scenes awaits you.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
• Prof. Roger Roffman “Cannabis at the Crossroads: Exploring the Roads Ahead”
Sunday, September 21, 2014 4:00 pm, Orcas Center
Twenty-three states have said it’s medicine, two states have said it can be grown and sold for fun, and there seems to be a sea change happening in our country’s attitudes about pot. How did we get here and where are we headed? Professor Roffman will explore the opportunities and pitfalls that come with legalization. Professor Emeritus at the School of Social Work, University of Washington, Roffman latest book is Marijuana Nation, One Man’s Chronicle of
America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.
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• Prof. Leslie McCall “Economic Inequality: American Attitudes and Political Responses”
Sunday, October 5, 4:00 pm, Orcas Center
What are the policy implications of American’s concern about economic inequality? What is the connection politicians make between problems of inequality and problems of opportunity? How is inequality a civil rights issue? This presentation by Leslie McCall, Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Northwestern University will consider these relevant issues. She is author, most recently, of The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs About Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution.
• Dr. Melody Rose“Leader of the Free World? The Future of American Women in Politics”
Saturday, October 18, 4:00 pm, Orcas Center
Why has the U.S. not elected a woman to the Presidency? What are the hurdles and opportunities for women of either major party in reaching the nation’s highest office? With wit and wisdom, Dr. Rose, President of Marylhurst University and former Chancellor of the Oregon University System, unpacks the nuances of the American presidency, and reveals why we have yet to experience a female chief executive. Rose coauthored (with Regina Lawrence, 2010) Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House. Her most recent book is Women & Executive Office.