Category: Seminars and Lectures

Baird Presents on Indigenous Heritage Landscapes

Melissa Baird
Melissa Baird

Melissa Baird, assistant professor of anthropology in social sciences department, presented a paper in an invited conference in October sponsored by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden entitled “Extractive Industries and Indigenous Heritage Landscapes.”

From Tech Today.

Breaking Digital Barriers to Present an Online Seminar

Breaking Digital BarriersMichigan Tech’s Breaking Digital Barriers Group to present an Online Seminar for People Who Help Older Adults Use Technology.

The one-week online seminar, Digital Literacy and the Older Adults, is for anybody who:

*helps older adults use technology,
*wants to help people in their community cope with the rapid change in technology that has become part of our everyday life, and
*or anyone who has ever tried to debug their parents’ computer problems over the phone.

The seminar will run Nov. 18 to 22, with a time commitment of 1-2 hours a day.

The seminar will take place online. Registration is at

The Breaking Digital Barriers group is composed of faculty and graduate students in the computer science, humanities, and social sciences departments of Michigan Tech. They developed a community outreach program that helps older adults acquire the skills needed to experience the benefits of technology.

From at Tech Today.

Gorman Speaks on the Story of N

Story Of NThe Friends of the Van Pelt and Opie Library invite the campus and community to hear Professor Hugh Gorman (SS) speak about his new book, “The Story of N: A Social History of the Nitrogen Cycle and the Challenge of Sustainability,” at the Friends annual meeting.

The presentation and (very short) meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 24 in the East Reading Room of the van Pelt and Opie Library, 4:30-6 p.m.

The Friends plan the Annual Book Sale (mark your calendars for April 1 and 2), and other events in support of the library’s mission. To get involved or learn more, contact the chairman, Amy Hughes (

From Tech Today.

Lankton to Narrate on History During Cruise

Keweenaw Waterway
Keweenaw Waterway photo courtesy of the Michigan Tech College of Engineering.

The Life of a Lake: the Geologic and Human History of the Keweenaw Waterway

Take in the Keweenaw’s famous fall colors aboard the Isle Royale Queen IV as Michigan Tech Professors Emeriti Larry Lankton and Bill Rose narrate this cruise to Keweenaw Bay and the historic Jacobsville sandstone quarry and lighthouse. It takes place Saturday, Oct. 5, 2-3:30 p.m. (check in at 1:30), Houghton waterfront west of the bridge, across from Aspirus Keweenaw Medical Arts building. It is also a fundraiser for the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association, $25 ($20 IRKPA members). Reservations recommended: space is limited, and these speakers are popular. Purchase tickets online at Isle Royale and Keweenaw, call 482-7860, or email Any unsold tickets will go on sale at the dock at 1:00 PM on October 5.

Read more at Tech Today.

SocSci BrownBag: Think Digital: Photogrammetry on Cultural Heritage Documentation

Social Science Brown Bag Speaker Series

Friday, September 27, 2013, Academic Office Building, Room 201.

Jorge Garcia Fernández will present:
Think Digital: Photogrammetry on Cultural Heritage Documentation

The new capacities and potentialities of digital culture are still unfulfilled in various disciplines. In particular, the use of Digital Photogrammetry linked to Cultural Heritage documentation, interpretation, and communication processes is starting to be seen not only as a tool, but also as a new intervention method. This new approach is bringing big gains in accuracy, applicability, and affordability in the CH field.

Jorge Garcia Fernández is a Architect and PhD Candidate, Laboratorio de Fotogrametría Arquitectónica, ETS Arquitectura Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Lankton to Present for Hancock Anniversary


Celebrating 150 years
Events marking Hancock’s sesquicentennial year continue

The celebration for the 150th anniversary of Hancock has included talks and presentations on subjects such migration, influential people and significant events, and the next four months will include a continuation of those concepts.

On Oct. 8, Anderson said local historian Larry Lankton will give a talk at the FAHC (Finlandia’s Finnish American Heritage Center) on Hancock’s contribution to the development of the Portage Lake region.

“We had a lot of industry in the city, too,” he said.

There were saw mills and other industrial businesses, many of which supported the copper mines.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Kurt Hauglie.

Pat Martin Delivers Keynote in Ironbridge

Iron BridgePatrick Martin (SS) delivered one of the keynote addresses at a recent conference in Ironbridge, Shropshire, United Kingdom. Called “Rust, Regeneration and Romance“, this interdisciplinary conference was held in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, home of the world’s first cast iron bridge and site of the first successful smelting of iron using coke. Martin’s presentation was entitled “American Iron and Steel: Evolving Cultural Landscapes.”

From Tech Today.