RHPL mini logoFor Immediate Release
February 20, 2017

Discovery and Coffee Continues at Rochester Hills Public Library

(ROCHESTER HILLS- January 26, 2017) You asked for it! Returning to the Rochester Hills Public Library is the successful Discovery and Coffee series, bringing in Oakland University professors to speak on current topics and their research.

Starting at 10 a.m. on specified Saturdays in March and April, guests will be enlightened on a variety of topics by professors from varying disciplines at Oakland University. Current topics include How Bears Think, Journalism Ethics, and Natchez Country. Coffee and hot water for tea for are available all three programs.

On March 4, Professor Jennifer Vonk will be discussing her study into the recognition abilities of the American black bear at the event Discovery and Coffee: How Bears Think. One of her findings include how a black bear is able to recognize things they know in real life, such as food or a person, when looking at a photograph of the same thing.

On April 1, Professor Garry Gilbert will talk on the widely popular and politically charged topic of trust and journalistic bias in his event, Discovery and Coffee: Journalism Ethics. As the Director of the Journalism program at OU, Professor Gilbert plans to tackle the questions so many have on verified reporting, biased coverage, and the trustworthiness of journalists.

On April 15, Professor George Milne will speak on his new book about the Natchez Native Americans and their relationship with French colonization at the event Discovery and Coffee: Natchez Country. Teaching Native American History at OU, Professor Milne will tell the stories of how slavery, racial categories, and colonial deception forced the Natchez people to adapt to survive.

“After the success of our last round of talks, patrons were asking what would be next,” says Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley. “I have to say, this round is set to be just as impressive.”

Previous Discovery and Coffee lectures include The Economic Update for Southeast Michigan with Professor Jonathan Silberman, the 2016 Presidential Election with Professor David Dulio, and Why People Lie with Professor Kim Serota.

Registration is available online for this event at calendar.rhpl.org. Sign up in advance as space will be limited.


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