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2020 Winter Tales
Feb 6 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
One event on Jan 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm
One event on Feb 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm
One event on Feb 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm
One event on Mar 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm
One event on Mar 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Archaeology Expedition to Gran Pajatén, Peru
Carolyn Gunn – Jan. 9th at 6:30pm
Travel on a 3-month archaeology expedition to the Andean cloud forest in northern Peru to the site of Gran Pajatén. In 1985, a team from the anthropology department of the University of Colorado began a major research project at Gran Pajatén which is the topic of this presentation. The site was occupied as early as 200 BCE, but visible buildings were constructed around the 13th to 16th centuries. Experience life in the cloud forest, see buildings from the Inca Empire and local endangered wildlife, and enjoy this expedition without rain, bugs or hardship!
The Long Reach of Spanish Justice
Julie Orr – Jan. 23rd at 6:30pm
Captain Robert Pincarton and the crew of The Dolphin sailed away from the collapsing Scottish colony in Panama in February 1699. The subsequent tale of shipwreck, imprisonment, transport to Spain, and trial for piracy reflects not only the chaotic contemporary world of Caribbean and Atlantic enterprise, but also one man´s struggle for survival among competing and entangled empires. Dr. Julie Orr is the author of Scotland, Darien and the Atlantic World, 1698-1700, published in 2018 by Edinburgh University Press. She is currently working on a book about Robert Pincarton.
The Camino: A Journey Inward & Outward
Gracia Wilson – Feb. 6th at 6:30pm
Gracia will share her 500 mile walk on El Camino de Santiago in Spain which she completed in the Fall of 2018. Highlights will include some sights as well as her interior journey and the power of the Camino to teach her important life lessons.
Music & Musings
Glenn Smith – Feb. 20th at 6:30pm
For musicians winter is a time for writing and learning new material so that it is ready to share during the busy summer season. Glenn Smith is a dedicated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. After years of playing with a variety of groups and musicians, he has been working on writing, recording and performing as a solo musician. Join Glenn for an evening of rural acoustic music played on guitar, banjo and violin.
Rwanda: Healing the Trauma of Genocide
Chuck Haspels – Mar. 5th at 6:30pm
In 100 days (between April and July 1994) nearly 1 million people were murdered in Rwanda. 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of this event. The Presbyterian Peace and Justice Program sponsored a study trip to learn about the roots of the genocide, how politicians, ordinary people, and Christians were active/complicit in the genocide, and what Rwanda has done to foster healing and reconciliation between perpetrators and victims. The 30 participants were mostly from the USA, but 4 were from South Sudan and 1 from Kenya. University professors, government officials, and church leaders shared what they have learned and what they are continuing to do to reconcile all parties in Rwanda. Some victims and perpetrators shared how they have been able to forgive.
Saqsaywaman: A Building Marvel
Vince Lee – Mar. 19th at 6:30pm
I’d like to talk about some new work I’ve done in Peru concerning possible construction methods used by the Incas to build the “fortress” of Saqsaywaman on a mountaintop overlooking their capital city of Cuzco. It is the most extreme and enigmatic example of megalithic construction in the New World and amazes all who see it (photo). Three walls totaling 60 feet high, a quarter mile long, built with thousands of giant, perfectly fitted, irregular boulders, one weighing 350 tons! How was it done?