Alexandria Technical & Community College's Senior College kicks off its fall season with a free lecture on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the ATCC Technology and Information Center. The lecture begins at 3:15 p.m. in room 743 and is free and open to the public.

Novelist Leif Enger will be the speaker. He was raised in Osakis and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly 20 years. His lecture, Mining the Local Mythology, reveals his writing that makes the most of his Midwestern heritage and the great stories that surround us – in the epics of grandparents, the dreams of oddball neighbors and the gardens of secret insomniacs.

Senior College has more in store for its fall lecture series, which begins its twice-weekly dates Tuesday, Sept. 10 and continues Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:15-5:15 p.m. through Oct. 24. College-level scholars from around the region provide lectures on a variety of topics and current affairs.

Admission for the lecture series is by season membership only. A single registration fee of $110 covers all lectures, coffee and cookies. For more information or to register, contact the Customized Training Center at 320-762-4510 or toll-free at 888-234-1313, or visit alextech.edu/SeniorCollege.

Fall 2019 topics, speakers

Tuesday, Sept. 10: How Minnesota’s Economy Became Above Average by Louis Johnston, Economics, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Thursday, Sept. 12: Rural Matters: Understanding Rural Identification as a Political Influence by Tim Lindberg, Political Science, University of Minnesota Morris

Tuesday, Sept. 17: The Value of Government: What it does Right, Wrong, and Why it Matters by David Schultz, Political Science, Hamline University

Thursday, Sept. 19: National Parks in American History by Derek Larson, History/Environmental Science, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Refugees and Global Migration by Thomas Hanson, Diplomat in Residence, University of Minnesota Duluth

Thursday, Sept. 26: Government’s Role in the US Economy by Louis Johnston, Economics, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics by Thomas Hanson, Diplomat in Residence, University of Minnesota Duluth

Thursday, Oct. 3: Church and State, Indian-Style by James Laine, Religion, Macalester College

Tuesday, Oct. 8: The Privatization of Seeds: Food Justice, Seed Sovereignty, and Intellectual Property of Plant Genetic Resources by Sheri Breen, Political Science, University of Minnesota Morris

Thursday, Oct. 10: The New Middle East by Andrew Latham, Political Science, Macalester College

Tuesday, Oct. 15: The Trump Administration in Latin America: The Return of the Monroe Doctrine by Gary Prevost, Political Science, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Thursday, Oct. 17: Ireland: Today's Borders and History's Barriers to Peace by Susannah Ottaway, History, Carleton College

Tuesday, Oct. 22: The Road Not Taken: Abraham Lincoln and the Peaceful Abolition of Slavery by James Read, Political Science, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Thursday, Oct. 24: Removing Presidents by Ken Jones, History, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

About senior college

Senior College grew out of community interest in informative and challenging college-level learning that is simulating and social without the pressures of tests, grades or degrees.

Established in the fall of 2006, the first season was offered in the spring of 2007. A lecture series is held each fall and spring, generally 15 lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays over eight weeks, and a short-course series is offered over three weeks in January.

Lectures typically feature a variety of topics “bringing the liberal arts to life” – from history, political science and economics, science and literature, to philosophy, art and current affairs. Designed for people age 50 and over, adults of all ages are welcome.