Feb 25, 2015

FVCC Honors Symposium Continues March 10 with "Obamacare and Legalized Recreational Marijuana"

Gregg Davis, Ph.D.
Gregg Davis, Ph.D.

Second Lecture Rescheduled to March 26

Flathead Valley Community College has rescheduled its March 2 Honors Symposium lecture, “The Rise of the ‘Nones’: Why More Americans are Becoming Non-religious,” to March 26.


This year’s Honors Symposium, themed “The Next America:  How Millennials are Changing Everything,” features five lectures from regional and national experts. The series will continue March 10 with “Obamacare and Legalized Recreational Marijuana,” by Gregg Davis, Ph.D., professor of economics and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Flathead Valley Community College


Davis will address Obamacare and legalized recreational marijuana, two leading national issues that have played a role in the divide between baby boomers and millennials. With the topic of Obamacare, Davis will explore why baby boomers tend to reject it while millennials tend to embrace it. The second, legalized recreational marijuana, will center on the social experiments being carried out in Colorado and Washington and how the experiments will serve as a living laboratory for the efficacy of this issue.


Davis served as associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University prior to his arrival at FVCC in 1994. In 2009, he relocated to Missoula to become professor and director of health policy research within the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at The University of Montana. He returned to FVCC in 2013 where he resumed his current roles. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Montana in anthropology and economics respectively, and a doctorate in economics from West Virginia University.


The remaining lectures will follow:

  • March 17:  “Polarization, Fragmentation, and Culture Wars:  the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” by Christopher Muste, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at The University of Montana, Missoula;
  • March 23:  “The Way We Never Were:  American Families and the Nostalgia Trap,” by Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.; and
  • March 26:  “The Rise of the ‘Nones’: Why More Americans are Becoming Non-religious,” by Phil Zuckerman, Ph.D., professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.


Free and open to the public, all lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts & Technology building on the FVCC campus. The FVCC Honors Symposium is supported by FVCC, Humanities Montana, Kalispell branch of American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni & Ambassadors and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund.


For full presentation descriptions and speaker biographies, visit For more information, contact Ivan Lorentzen, Ed.D., at 756-3864 or