Come join us at these free enriching events, brought to you by Waubonsee's Community Education Department! Please RSVP using the form at the bottom of the page. 

Fall 2019 Free Enrichment Events

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An Expedition to the Capitol: Working with Lawmakers to Ensure Legislation Incorporates the Geoscience Perspective

Thursday, October 24 • 7 p.m.
Sugar Grove Campus

Each year, state legislators and Congresspersons introduce tens of thousands of bills at the state and federal level. Many of those bills address issues of interest to, and could use input from, geoscientists. Unfortunately, identifying relevant bills and becoming involved in the legislative process can be as difficult as doing geology on Mars. However, just as careful planning and engineering can put a rover on Mars, so, too, can careful effort put a geoscientist into the capitol and the law-making process.

Presented by Mike Phillips, Geology Professor at Illinois Valley Community College

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Eclipses: The Myths and Magic Behind Nature's Perfect Alignment

Thursday, November 14 • 7 p.m.
Sugar Grove Campus

Throughout human history, lunar and solar eclipses have been regarded as a wonder of nature. Special significance is often assigned to these events. Over time, research has revealed how, when, and where they occur, but upcoming eclipses are still greeted with anticipation. This presentation will look at some early beliefs surrounding eclipses, the science behind them and unique features that make them exciting to personally experience. 

Presented by Michael Wilson, Adjunct Instructor at Waubonsee Community College

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