Winchester Academy will begin its fall 2010 series of programs at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
The featured speaker at Winchester’s first fall program will be Jack Rhodes, who will discuss “Images of the Civil War in Hollywood Films.” His program is part of the “Lincoln and Constitution” Exhibit at the Waupaca library.
Rhodes received his doctorate in English from the University of Texas at Austin and later became interested in communication and film studies. His principal academic assignments were at Colorado College, the University of Utah and Miami University in Ohio, where he taught the graduate course on rhetoric of film for several years. He also served as chair of the communication department at Miami and retired in 2002 as the executive director of Miami’s regional campus in Hamilton, Ohio.
Over the past few years, Rhodes has been leading popular programs on films at several libraries in central Wisconsin, as well as a summer program in Door County run by Lawrence University.
Unless otherwise noted, all Winchester programs will take place in the Waupaca library. There will be a brief social time prior to the program for coffee and cookies and there will be time for questions and discussion with the speaker following the talk. All programs are free, open to the public and start promptly at 6:30 p.m.
On Sept. 27, Jerry Eyler, executive dean of Fox Vally Technical College will speak on higher education and its challenges in the context of the new energy economy
Mary Schueller, author and playwright, will speak on Oct. 4 and provide an overview of the Great Depression and the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the parks developed by it.
On Oct. 11, Dr. Jack Swanson, a palliative care specialist from Appleton, will deliver the Marge Goermann Memorial Lecture. Goerman was the secretary for Winchester Academy, as well as an active member and past president of Wauapca Rotary Club. She passed away early this year.
Marcia Bjornerud, professor of geology at Lawrence University, will speak on Oct. 18 Her topic is “The assembly of the North America, as recorded in the rocks of Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.” She will discuss bedrock geology.
Oct. 25 will feature Dr. David Poeschl, district administrator of Waupaca schools. He will discuss public school funding and shrinking enrollment.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, Winchester Academy will welcome Eugene Kane, who will discuss racial issues in Wisconsin. The program’s time and place will be announced.
On Monday, Nov. 8, Brian Pertl, dean of Lawrence University Conservatory, will entertain the Winchester audience with a discussion of didjeridu instrumental music.
Winchester’s fall series will close on Nov. 15 when Rochelle Pennington will discuss her book, Christmases Past.