Adult Lectures

The Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission is pleased to sponsor talks on topics that impact Colorado citizens and residents of Douglas County. The intent of these talks is to increase the understanding of how science and technology address current and future issues facing our community.

All lectures take place at PACE Center and are FREE and open to the public. We like to anticipate the number of guests attending, so although an RSVP is not required, it is appreciated. Please RSVP via email, Sign Up Genius, or phone at 303.805.6800.   
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Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Guest Speaker: Representative from The Alzheimer's Association 
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, possible causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. 
Thursday, January 12, 6:30 p.m.

Medical Research in the Media: How to evaluate the credibility of the next big medical solution

Guest Speaker: Dr. Laura Saba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Colorado Denver 
Often times, the field of medical research can seem both daunting and contradictory to the general public. Local and national news headlines often tout that researchers have found the gene for a popular disease or that if you make this simple lifestyle change you will protect yourself from one disease or another. How do you decide which article or news story to believe? How do you determine its relevance to you and your family? This lecture will include information about how research studies are designed and how this impacts the credibility and applicability of results. We will discuss the role of statistics in determining ‘effect’ in medical research and some of the most common ways results can be misinterpreted or overstated. We will conclude with a discussion of several current examples of medical research reported in the media. 

Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the latest research

Guest Speaker: Representative from the Alzheimer's Association  
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. 
Thursday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. 

A Discussion of Silent Film

(In conjunction with 2016 The Denver Silent Film Festival)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Howie Movshovitz, Director of The Denver Silent Film Festival, film critic at KUNC (Public Radio), contributor to NPR (national), and film teacher at the University of Colorado Denver.
In movies, as with many other things, we're obsessed by the new -- and for no good reason. No one disparages Vermeer as an "old" painter. The films of the silent period are often shown in poor copies projected at the wrong speed, which make them look silly. Otherwise, silent films are rich and complex, often funny, and often exceptionally beautiful. And in a noisy world, they're blessed by silence.