Mar 3, 2017

2017 Honors Symposium Continues March 9

s part of FVCC’s 2017 Honors Symposium lecture series, Dr. Judith Liu of the University of San Diego will speak on March 9 about the liberating powers of female education across cultures.

Flathead Valley Community College’s 2017 Honors Symposium lecture series continues March 9 with a presentation by Dr. Judith Liu, Ph.D. from the University of San Diego. Liu will tell the story of a Chinese woman and an American woman whose lives were transformed as a result of participating in a female education experiment in China more than 80 years ago. Free and open to the public, “Intersections: The Tale of Cultural Fusion at St. Hilda’s School for Girls, Wuchang, China” will begin at 7 p.m. in the large community room in the Arts and Technology Building.

The theme of this year’s Honors Symposium is “The Way Forward: Why Change is Inevitable.” Liu’s lecture is the third in a series of six presentations developed to explore the opportunities and challenges resulting from changes occurring on the social and ecological landscapes.

Liu is a sociology professor and affiliated faculty member of the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of San Diego. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Sears Teaching Excellence Award and the Council for Advancement of Secondary Education California Professor of the Year Award. Her book, “Foreign Exchange: Counterculture behind the Walls of St. Hilda’s School for Girls, 1929-1937,” was published in 2011.

Additional lectures in this year’s Honors Symposium are:

March 14: “The Past, Present and Future of Flathead Lake – and Lakes Beyond” presented by Dr. Jim Elser, Ph.D., Bierman Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana and Director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station.

March 16: “Bacteria, Their Viruses, and How They Taught Us to Perform Genome Surgery” presented by Dr. Blake Weidenheft, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Montana State University.

March 23: “Predicting Outbreaks and the Myth of Sisyphus” presented by Dr. Marshall Bloom, M.D., Associate Director of the Division of Intramural Research at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories.

The 2017 Honors Symposium is funded in part by the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni and Friends and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund.

For more information, visit or call event organizer Dr. Christina Relyea at 756-3946.