New SUU Lecture, Luncheon and Book Group Open to Community Members

Published: August 31, 2018 | Author: Haven Scott | Read Time: 3 minutes


Make time for learning this fall and meet a group of interesting visiting authors through SUU Community Education. The new course, titled The APEX Experience, includes admission to presentations by four exceptional authors, meet and greet luncheons and private group book discussions.

The APEX Experience begins on Sept. 11 and runs through Nov. 6 bringing Cedar City residents culture, diversity and depth, and the opportunity for personal and professional growth while adding experiential activities with some of the country’s greatest minds, including: Gustavo Arellano, Sarah Lewis, Dr. Penny Minturn and Florence Williams.

As a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Gustavo Arellano’s work focuses on America’s largest minority, the Mexican culture. His nationally syndicated column, “Ask a Mexican,” won several awards as he answered questions about Mexican heritage. Arellano is also the recipient of awards ranging from an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition to being recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with the Spirit Award in 2008.

Sarah Lewis is an assistant professor at Harvard University in the Department of History, Art and Architecture and the Department of African and African American Studies. Her articles on race, contemporary art and culture have been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Smithsonian, and The Museum of Modern Art. She authored the Los Angeles Times bestseller, “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery,” which has been translated into seven languages and made required reading for all incoming freshman at Hofstra University and the University of Houston.

When we think of anthropology, it usually relates to ancient civilizations and ruins. But, Dr. Penny Minturn has been a forensic anthropologist for the United States military since 2011. Minturn works for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which strives to locate and identify the remains of missing military personnel from the Gulf War back to 1940, and return them to their families. There are currently more than 72,000 World War II personnel missing around the world, and more than 8,500 missing from the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Minturn and her staff travel the world searching for downed service personnel, burial sites and battlefields, and take the remains they find to their laboratory in Hawaii and attempt to identity the owner using the latest forensic technology.

Florence Williams is a journalist, bestselling author, podcaster and public speaker. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and numerous other publications. As a fellow at George Washington University, her work also focuses on the environment and health. Williams’ most recent book, “The Nature Fix,” uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection, innovation and ultimately strengthen our relationships.

For more information on The APEX Experience, or any of the more than 30 classes being offered by SUU Community Education this fall, visit the Community Academic Engagement website or call (435) 865-8259 or stop by the office at 136 W. University Blvd., Suite 003, Cedar City.

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