VC announces 2015-16 Lyceum Lecture Series lineup
Zak Ebrahim
Zak Ebrahim

Victoria College’s 2015-16 Lyceum Lecture Series will feature the son of a terrorist, a scientific investigator, a documentarian of the “war on drugs,” and a brain enhancer. All of the Lyceum lectures are free and open to the public.

Opening the series at noon on Monday, Sept. 21 in the VC Sports Center is Zak Ebrahim, author of “The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice”.

For Ebrahim, a childhood amid terrorism was all he knew. The older he grew, the more fully Ebrahim grasped the horrific depths of his father’s acts. Ebrahim traces his remarkable journey to escape his father’s terrible legacy, coming to realize that the only way to overcome the challenges of his past would be to help others understand that hatred only produces more hate, but belief in nonviolence heals.

Dr. Mario Livio, a renowned astrophysicist, lecturer and best-selling author of “Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein,” will talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Victoria.

Livio has worked for 24 years with the Hubble Space Telescope. He has published more than 400 scientific papers on topics ranging from Dark Energy and cosmology to black holes and extrasolar planets. Livio’s recent book, “Brilliant Blunders,” discusses major mistakes by five scientific giants.

Kevin Booth, a producer, lecturer, musician, and director of the documentary film series “American Drug War,” will discuss his film series at noon Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at the VC Student Center.

His films examine the government’s prosecution of users, incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders, focus on marijuana (a “gateway” drug), and lack of focus on large corporations that launder drug money.

Maria Konnikova, author of the New York Times best-seller “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes,” will round out the series with her talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Welder Center.

Konnikova reveals how the world’s most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind, sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems and enhance our creative powers.

For more information on the speaker in the 2015-16 Lyceum Lecture Series, visit www.VictoriaCollege.edu/Lyceum .

Dr. Mario Livio
Dr. Mario Livio
Kevin Booth
Kevin Booth
Maria Konnikova
Maria Konnikova
Published: Friday, 04 September 2015
 

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