Feb 14, 2017

2017 Honors Symposium to Examine Why Change is Inevitable

University Regents Professor of Global Ecology Dr. Steven Running, Ph.D. is the first speaker in the 2017 Honors Symposium lecture series at FVCC. Dr. Running will speak at 7 p.m. on February 23 about the potential consequences and opportunities resulting from global warming.

Flathead Valley Community College’s 2017 Honors Symposium lecture series opens February 23 and will feature six nights of speakers who will address this year’s theme, “The Way Forward: Why Change is Inevitable.”

The Honors Symposium continues a tradition of bringing thoughtful public discussion regarding current hot-topic issues to Northwest Montana.  Free and open to the public, all lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the large community room in FVCC’s Arts and Technology Building.

“This year’s Honors Symposium will explore several topics where change is inevitable or has already occurred, as well as the opportunities and consequences resulting from these changes,” said event organizer Dr. Christina Relyea, Ph.D.

University Regents Professor of Global Ecology Dr. Steven Running, Ph.D. will kick off the symposium on February 23 with a presentation titled, “Global Warming Could Bring Crisis… or Opportunity.” In addition to teaching at the University of Montana, Dr. Running is the Land Team Leader for the NASA Earth Observing System Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. He was a chapter lead author for the “4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” which earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has published more than 300 scientific articles and two books, and was designated one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Geosciences in 2014.

Additional lectures in this year’s Honors Symposium include:

March 2:  “Managing the Integrity of the Wild” presented by Jim Williams, M.S., Regional Supervisor of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1.

March 9:  “Intersections: The Tale of Cultural Fusion at St. Hilda’s School for Girls, Wuchang, China” presented by Dr. Judith Liu, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at the University of San Diego.

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 Relyea at 756-3946.