Adult Lecture Series

The Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission is pleased to present talks on topics that impact Colorado citizens and residents of Douglas County. The intent of these talks is to increase the understanding of how arts, science and technology affect current and future issues facing our community, and provide the opportunity to learn and discuss a variety of trending topics.

Lectures take place at PACE Center and are FREE and open to the public. Guests must acquire free tickets through Parker Arts Box Office at 303.805.6800 or online. (Tickets will be available this summer.) Please email Parker Arts Education with inquiries or to connect with the Parker Arts Cultural and Scientific Commission heading up the Adult Lecture Series.  

2020/2021 Lecture Schedule

August 5 - Sun, Stem Cells, and Skin Cancer; A Researcher’s Perspective (rescheduled from April 1 as a Zoom lecture)
September 2 – Urban Coyotes, Katie Doyle, District Wildlife Officer, Department of Wildlife
October 7 – Data Privacy, George Holland
November 4 – The Utes: Colorado’s Forgotten People, Ernest House Jr.
January 6 – Crowdsourcing Coronavirus, Michael Edwards
February 3 – Behind the Curtain, A discussion with Parker Arts Production Team
March 3 – Alfred Packer cannibal archaeology, Erin Baxter, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
April 7 – The Need for Good Foster Parents, Jazmin Dolbin
May 5 – Let’s Hike Douglas County, Jackie Sanderson, Natural Resource Specialist, Douglas County Division

RESCHEDULED: Sun, Stem Cells, and Skin Cancer

August 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM
Speaker: Enrique C. Torchia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
The incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer has been increasing dramatically over the last few decades. This is particularly evident in sun drenched states like Colorado. In this lecture you will learn about skin cancer, what causes it, current treatments, and how medical researchers study and model skin cancer, which originates from the normal stem cells found in skin.

RESCHEDULED: Let’s Hike Douglas County (Our 1/2 14ers)

May 5, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Jackie Sanderson, Natural Resource Specialist, Douglas County Division of Open Space & Natural Resources
You can enjoy beautiful scenery, rocks, peaks, wildlife, and solitude without having to fight the I-70 traffic.  Douglas County has protected almost 17,000 acres of fabulous properties that connect to thousands of others that will never be developed. With 10 trailheads and over 90 miles of trails just on open space lands, you can seek out a variety of opportunities to explore with your friends.  Or try our park lands or National Forests for hundreds of miles more for hiking.  Find out where to take the back roads and embark on some day hikes that will entice you to discover more (maybe on mountain bikes or horseback!)  View scenic photos and trail maps that will lead you to your next outdoor adventure not far from home, but in the natural world that we love.