The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Past Herrett Forum Lectures

2016-2017 Season:

  • September 21st, 2016
    “Liminal—The Refugee Experience”
    Liyah Babayan, Refugee Community Member

  • October 19th, 2016
    “INL Overview”
    Dr. Mark Peters, Director of INL

  • November 16th, 2016
    “Climate Change and Fossil Fuels: A New Dynamic Emerges”
    (Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    David Christensen, Adjunct Instructor of History, Boise State University

  • December 14th, 2016
    “Once Upon a Time”
    (lecture/piano performance, Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Del Parkinson PhD, Professor of Piano, Boise State University

  • January 18th, 2017
    “Over the Rainbow: The LGBT Experience in the Magic Valley”
    Brandon Tesch, LGBT Performance Artist

  • February 15th, 2017
    “For Lincoln and Liberty Too: Songs from a House Divided”
    (lecture/performance, Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    William Rossiter, Folklorist and Musician

  • March 15th, 2017
    “Oasis in the Desert”
    Curtis Johnson, Stricker Descendant and Local Historian

  • April 19th, 2017
    “Public Lands — What are they, and who manages them?”
    Lawrence Wasden, Attorney General, State of Idaho

  • May 3rd, 2017
    “Ice Age Animals of the Snake River Plain: Camels, Elephants, Lions and Sloths, Oh, My!”
    (annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture, for Idaho Archaeology Month)
    Sue Miller, Paleontologist

2015-2016 Season:

  • September 16th, 2015
    “Celebrating 50 years at CSI”
    CSI 50th Anniversary Panel

  • October 21st, 2015
    “Showdown in the Big Quiet: The Power of American Western Mythology”
    Dr. John Bieter, Professor, Boise State University

  • November 18th, 2015
    “Worldviews of Islam”
    (Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Dr. Raja Tanas, Professor of Sociology, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA

  • December 2nd, 2015
    “Shall We Dance?”
    (lecture/piano performance, Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Del Parkinson PhD, Professor of Piano, Boise State University

  • January 20th, 2016
    “How to Be a Great Patient (The Importance of Co-Producing Your Own Healthcare)”
    Paul Miles, MD, former VP for Quality, American Board of Pediatrics

  • February 17th, 2016
    “How to Cure Alzheimer’s Disease”
    John Sims, MD, Neurologist, Harvard Medical School, and Investigator, Eli Lilly Research Laboratories, Indianapolis, IN, USA

  • March 16th, 2016
    “The Obsidian Blade of the Aztecs in the 21st Century”
    Jim Woods, MS, Professor of Anthropology, College of Southern Idaho

  • April 20th, 2016
    ““Idaho in Africa — The Unique Partnership that Restored Gorongosa National Park”
    Heidi Ware, MS, Education and Outreach Director, Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University

  • May 11th, 2016
    “Archeology of the Idaho National Laboratory”
    (annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture, for Idaho Archaeology Month)
    Brenda Pace, Archaeologist, Idaho National Laboratory

2014-2015 Season:

  • September 17th, 2014
    “As Rugged as the Terrain: CCC 'Boys,' Federal Convicts, and World War II Alien Internees Wrestle with a Mountain Wilderness”
    (Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Priscilla Wegars, Founder, University of Idaho Asian American Comparative Collection

  • October 15th, 2014
    “Behind the Scenes with Outdoor Idaho”
    Ron Pisaneschi, IPTV General Manager; and Bruce Reichert, “Outdoor Idaho” host

  • November 19th, 2014
    “Ezra Pound: The Only Mentor that Ernest Hemingway Didn't Burn”
    (Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Ted Dyer, Teacher, Free-lance Journalist, and Musician

  • December 3rd, 2014
    “Preludes and Pictures”
    (lecture/piano performance, Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Del Parkinson PhD, Professor of Piano, Boise State University

  • January 21st, 2015
    “Daydreams and Nightmares: Utopias and Dystopias from Fahrenheit 451 to The Hunger Games”
    (Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Brian Attebery

  • February 18th, 2015
    “The Buhl Woman and New Information Regarding the First Native Americans”
    (Annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture)
    Tom Green, Former Director, Arkansas Archaeological Survey

  • March 18th, 2015
    “SOFIA: The Hidden Universe”
    Jo Dodds and Ralph Peterson

  • April 15th, 2015
    “Where Have All the Silos Gone?  Documenting the Evolution of a Rural Landscape”
    Elizabeth Jacox and Barbara Perry Bauer, TAG Historical Research

  • May 6th, 2015
    “Chocolate: Food of the Gods”
    (for Idaho Archaeology Month)
    Dr. Lauren Fins, Professor of Forestry, University of Idaho

2013-2014 Season:

  • September 18th, 2013
    “Mining in Idaho: Today and Yesterday”
    (Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Tom Blanchard, Adjunct Instructor of History, College of Southern Idaho

  • October 16th, 2013
    “Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project”
    Dr. Debbie Lee, Professor, Washington State University & Dr. Dennis Baird, Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho

  • November 20th, 2013
    “Harvard to Hagerman”
    Myron Finkbeiner, Founder, World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame

  • December 11th, 2013
    “Celebrating Gershwin”
    (lecture/piano performance, Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    Del Parkinson PhD, Professor of Piano, Boise State University

  • January 15th, 2014
    “Lincoln and Idaho”
    (Idaho Humanities Council lecture)
    David LeRoy, former Idaho Attorney General and Lt. Governor

  • February 19th, 2014
    “The Idaho Innocence Project: from Amanda Knox in Perugia, Italy to Chris Tapp in Idaho Falls”
    Dr. Greg Hampikian, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University

  • March 19th, 2014
    “Community Arts: Influence and Impact”
    Autumn Kersey, Executive Director of Treasure Valley Children’s Theater, LLC

  • April 16th, 2014
    “Secrets of the City - City of Rocks National Monument and Castle Rocks State Park”
    Wallace Keck, Superintendent City of Rocks National Reserve

  • May 14th, 2014
    “Blood Sport in Ancient America”
    (Annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture, for Idaho Archaeology Month)
    John Clark, Professor, Archaeology, Brigham Young University

2012-2013 Season:

  • September 19th, 2012
    “Letters to a Young Actor”
    Tony Mannen, Professor of Communications/Theatre, College of Southern Idaho

  • October 17th, 2012
    “Queen of Diamonds”
    Phillip Homan, Associate Professor, Idaho State University, Eli M. Oboler Library
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • November 14th, 2012
    “Pole Shift, Nibiru, and Planetary Alignments: Why the World WON’T End on December 21, 2012”
    Chris Anderson, Production Specialist & Observatory Coordinator, Herrett Center

  • December 12th, 2012
    “Impressionism”
    (Lecture/piano performance featuring the music of Debussy and Ravel)
    Del Parkinson PhD, Professor of Piano, Boise State University
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • January 16th, 2013
    “Senator Frank Church: It’s Called Democracy”
    Steve Shaw, Prof. of Political Science and Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Northwest Nazarene University
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • February 20th, 2013
    “Geothermal – Renewable Energy for Idaho and the U.S. – An introduction to geothermal energy, its origins, uses, and potential within a framework of economics and public policy”
    Dr. Walter Snyder, Director, National Geothermal Data System; Director, GeoStrat and Professor of Geosciences, Boise State University

  • March 13th, 2013
    “From Transylvania to the Magic Valley”
    Edit Szanto, Vice President of Student Services/Planning and Grant Development

  • April 17th, 2013
    “Idaho Women in Politics: A Look Back and a Look Forward”
    Wendy Jaquet, State Representative from Idaho’s District 25

  • May 8th, 2013
    “Defending Tropical Forests with Indigenous People: Anthropology at Work in Latin America”
    Anthony Stocks, Anthropology Department Chair (Interim) Idaho State University
    (annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by the Snake River Chapter, Idaho Archaeological Society)

2011-2012 Season:

  • September 21st, 2011
    “From Text to Tweet: Communication Trends in the 21st Century”
    Tiffany Seeley-Case, Professor of Communications, College of Southern Idaho

  • October 19th, 2011
    “Aukera: A History of the Basques in Idaho”
    John Bieter, Associate Professor of History, Boise State University

  • November 16th, 2011
    “Crabtree and Titmus: A Century of Flintknapping Experimentation”
    James Woods, Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Southern Idaho

  • December 7th, 2011
    “The Piano Music of Franz Liszt”
    (lecture/piano performance)
    Del Parkinson, Professor of Piano, Boise State University

  • January 18th, 2012
    “Baseball and Film”
    Marshall “Marty” Most, Professor of Communication, Boise State University

  • February 15th, 2012
    “Geothermal – Renewable Energy for Idaho and the U.S.”
    Dr. Walter Snyder, Director, National Geothermal Data System; Director, GeoStrat and Professor of Geosciences, Boise State University

  • March 21st, 2012
    “Robert Limbert, the Stories Behind the Early Photos of Idaho”
    Steve Wursta, Arctic Circle Productions

  • April 18th, 2012
    “Lincoln and Presidential Power”
    David Adler, Director of McClure Center for Public Policy, University of Idaho

  • May 9th, 2012
    “Wasden Site – Paleo Evidence of the Mammoth”
    (Collaboration with Snake River Chapter, Idaho Archaeological Society)
    Suzann Henrikson PhD, Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management, Burley Field Office

2010-2011 Season:

  • September 15th, 2010
    “Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder”
    General Lance Undheim, USAF

  • October 20th, 2010
    “Idaho River History”
    Cort Conley, Literature Director, Idaho Commission on the Arts

  • November 17th, 2010
    “An Artist's Perspective of the Historic Heyburn Art Collection”
    Lavar Steele, Emeritus Professor of Art, College of Southern Idaho

  • December 8th, 2010
    “My Favorite Chopin”
    (lecture and piano performance)
    Del Parkinson, Professor of Piano, Boise State University

  • January 19th, 2011
    “Twin Falls and the Architecture of an Irrigated Town”
    Elizabeth Giraud, Former Idaho State Historian

  • February 16th, 2011
    “Health Care Reform Has Passed.  Now What?”
    David Pate, Chief Executive Officer, St. Luke's Regional Health System

  • March 16th, 2011
    “Ancient Burial Behavior: A Western Idaho Example”
    (annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture)
    Max Pavesic, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Boise State University

  • April 20th, 2011
    “Astronomy Paradise at World's Largest Twin Optical Telescopes, the Keck Observatory”
    Marc Kassis, Staff Astronomer, Keck Observatory (Hawai'i)

  • May 11th, 2011
    “Kennewick Man and the First Americans"
    (Collaboration with Snake River Chapter, Idaho Archaeological Society)”
    James C. Chatters, PhD

2009-2010 Season:

  • September 16th, 2009
    “Changing the Way We Age”
    Jan Mittleider MPE, Professor of Physical Education, College of Southern Idaho

  • October 21st, 2009
    “No Easy Prescription: Getting Africans the Medicines They Need”
    Laura Frost, DSc, Partner, Global Health Insights

  • November 18th, 2009
    “Twin Falls Prepares for the Future: 1955-1965”
    James Gentry, PhD, Professor of History, College of Southern Idaho

  • December 16th, 2009
    “A Classical Christmas”
    (piano performance/lecture)
    Del Parkinson, PhD, Professor of Piano, Boise State University

  • January 20th, 2010 (Annual Crabtree Lecture)
    “The Emergence of Chariot Warfare, Early Metallurgy and Social Complexity in the Middle Bronze Age of North Central Eurasia (2100 - 1750 BCE)”
    Dr. Bryan K. Hanks, University of Pittsburgh

  • February 17th, 2009
    “The History of the Military Fort Boise”
    Kenneth Swanson, Executive Director, Idaho Military Historical Museum

  • March 17th, 2009
    “Auger Falls Archaeology and 13,000 Years of Snake River History”
    Matt Root, PhD, Archeologist, Rainbow Research

  • April 21st, 2009
    “The Secret Life of Raptors”
    Trish Nixon, Raptor Specialist, Peregrine Fund
    (In conjunction with the Audobon Society)

  • May 12th, 2009
    “Reconstructing the Paleo-Indian Lifeway in Idaho and the Far West”
    Skip Lohse PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Idaho State University
    (In conjunction with the Snake River Archeology Club)

2008-2009 Season:

  • September 16th, 2008
    “The Glory of Form: A Demonstration of Sculptural Ceramics”
    Bill and Cheryl West, College of Southern Idaho Art Faculty

  • October 15th, 2008
    “Charles Darwin: The Tree of Life”
    Michael Whiting, PhD, Professor of Biology, Brigham Young University

  • November 19th, 2008
    “Twin Falls Prepares for the Future: 1955-1965”
    James Gentry, PhD, Professor of History, College of Southern Idaho

  • December 10th, 2008
    “Classical Piano Favorites (concert/lecture)”
    Del Parkinson, PhD, Professor of Piano, Boise State University

  • January 21st, 2009
    “Wounded Watchdog?  Public Interest Journalism in the Age of the Internet”
    Flynn McRoberts, Deputy Projects Director at the Chicago Tribune

  • February 18th, 2009
    “Realizing the Founders' Vision”
    Keith Allred, PhD, President of TheCommonInterest.org

  • March 18th, 2009
    “Endangered Peoples, Endangered Species: Creating an Archaeology that Matters”
    Herbert D. G. Maschner, PhD, Anthropology Research Professor, Idaho State University

  • April 15th, 2009
    “Idaho's Sabertooths—A Tale of Two Kitties”
    (annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture)
    William Akersten, PhD, Idaho Museum of Natural History

  • May 13th, 2009
    “Archaeology of America's Oldest Human Remains: Ancient DNA at the Paisley Caves in Oregon”
    Dennis Jenkins, PhD, Senior Staff Archaeologist, University of Oregon

2007-2008 Season:

  • September 19th, 2007
    “The Future of Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities”
    Ed Dahlberg, MS, CEO of the St. Luke’s Health System
    (Sponsored by St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center)

  • October 17th, 2007
    “Detecting Nuclear Terrorism: Preventing the Unthinkable at US Borders”
    Eric Smith, MS, PhD, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

  • November 14th, 2007
    “Mammoths in the Mountain West”
    Larry Agenbroad, PhD, Director of the Hot Springs Mammoth Site (South Dakota) and Professor Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology, Northern Arizona University

  • December 12th, 2007
    “The Piano Music of Frederic Chopin”
    (lecture/piano performance)
    Del Parkinson, PhD, Professor of Music, Boise State University
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • January 16th, 2008
    “Women at Work on the Southeast Idaho Frontier”
    Susan Swetnam, PhD, Professor of English , Idaho State University
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • February 20th, 2008
    “The Toana Road: Freight Line, Stage Line, and Idaho Lifeline”
    Shauna Robinson, Chair, Twin Falls County Historical Preservation Commission

  • March 19th, 2008
    “Forest Insects & Diseases That Affect Forest Health Conditions in Our National Forests and their Management”
    Dwight Scarbrough, MS, Entomologist, USDA-Forest Service

  • April 9th, 2008
    “Norman Herrett’s Astronomy Legacy”
    (annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture)
    Chris Anderson, MS, Planetarium Production Specialist and Observatory Coordinator, Herrett Center

  • April 17th, 2008
    “From Crystals to Climate: Tales from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets”
    Mary Albert, PhD, Research Engineer, Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, NH.

  • May 14th, 2008
    “Paleoamericans of the Western United States”
    Ted Goebel, PhD, Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A & M
    (co-sponsored by the Snake River Chapter, Idaho Archaeological Society)

2006-2007 Season:

  • September 20th, 2006
    “The Mirador Basin, Guatemala: Exploring the Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Cradle of Maya Civilization”
    Richard Hansen, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Idaho State University

  • October 18th, 2006
    “If the Horse Dies, Get Off. A New Revolution in Healthcare.”
    Paul Miles, MD, American Board of Pediatrics
    (Sponsored by St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and Dr. Miles)

  • November 15th, 2006
    “Nerve Transfer Surgery for Improved Artificial Arm Function”
    Todd Kuiken, PhD, Northwestern University School of Medicine and Chicago Rehabilitation Institute.

  • December 13th, 2006
    “The Piano Music of George Gershwin”
    (lecture/piano performance)
    Del Parkinson, PhD, Professor of Piano, Boise State University
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • January 17th, 2007
    “Chinese Gold Mining at the Mon-Tung Site in the Snake River Canyon”
    Ron James, MA, Twin Falls School District, Twin Falls Historic Preservation Commission

  • February 21st, 2007
    “Prosperity in Isolation”
    Carol MacGregor, PhD, Professor of History, Boise State University
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • March 21st, 2007
    “Windmills for Power Generation”
    Gerald Fleishman, MBA, Idaho Office of Energy Resources

  • April 18th, 2007
    “Mount St. Helens, Then and Now”
    Shawn Willsey, MS, Assistant Professor of Geology, College of Southern Idaho
    (Sponsored by the Don Crabtree Lecture Series, CSI Foundation, Inc.)

  • May 16th, 2007
    “New Perspectives on New World Origins”
    Dennis Stanford, PhD, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
    (Sponsored by the Snake River Chapter, Idaho Archaeological Society)

2005-2006 Season:

  • January 18th, 2006
    “Minidoka and the Magic Valley: A World War II Story”
    Robert Sims, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Boise State University
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • February 15th, 2006
    “Idaho's Railroad History with Emphasis on Magic Valley's and Twin Falls' Railroad History”
    Arthur Hart, Director Emeritus Idaho State Historical Society
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • March 15th, 2006
    “The United States and the Middle East: Exploring the Origins of ‘The War on Terror’”
    Michael Zirinsky, PhD, Professor of History at Boise State University
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)

  • April 19th, 2006
    “Aztec Book of Destiny”
    (annual Crabtree Memorial Lecture)
    Richard Holmer, PhD, Professor of Anthropology at Idaho State University

  • May 17th, 2006
    “How Complex Civilizations Collapse: A Case Study of the Ancient Maya with Implications for Modern America”
    James Woods, MA, Associate Professor of Anthropology; Director, Herrett Center CSI
    (Sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau)