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February 15, 2008

Chautauqua Nexus discussions target Dante Feb. 21

The educational and cultural Chautauqua Nexus series continues its 2008 spring semester roster with scheduled discussions in February.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, Matthew Teutsch will lead a discussion on “Dante in a Modern Context: An Examination of Sepultura’s Dante XXI in Relation to Dante’s Divine Comedy.” The concentration focuses on “the resurgence, in a way, of the narrative concept album in modern music,” according to the description.

“Global Climate Change: What is Happening and What Can One Person Do?” is the topic Monday, Feb. 25. Anna Hill will give this presentation, which includes an updated version of materials presented in ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ with an additional scientific perspective from an ecologist. Suggestions will be provided for money-saving ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Nexus presentations are free, informal and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend. ULM FRYS students are encouraged to attend and sign in.

“The Nexus is an opportunity for intellectual and cultural exchange,” said Joe McGahan, ULM psychology professor and Chautauqua Nexus organizer. “This year we're focusing on a change in scheduling (with Mondays being the primary meeting day) intended to free us to develop a think tank, or multiple think tanks, that, like the Nexus, will build on the cultural resources of our community. Whereas the Nexus series will continue to be about virtually any topic that people find interesting, the think tank will focus on economic security and economic development—to a large extent, we’d like to focus on the potential of research and development.”

For more information call (318) 342-1338 or go to for the complete schedule of upcoming Chautauqua Nexus events.

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