Learning Club events in March


Witnessing Development in Ethiopia

Monday, March 5, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Winona County History Center. Brian Singer-Towns spent eight days in Ethiopia witnessing the impact of U.S. charitable giving — both nonprofit and governmental — in the lives of Ethiopian farmers. He will share stories and photos about the places and people he visited and why the people of Africa continue to need our support.

Minnesota’s Own Whiskey

Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Winona County History Center. Scotch has amassed a following and a sizable grip on the liquor marketplace. Smoked or peated, Scotch has a unique smoky flavor unlike other liquors, and is highly sought after my many serious Scotch connoisseurs. Some of the most coveted peated Scotch comes from only a few islands. Minnesota has more than 7 million acres of peatlands which until now has only been pursued for other commercial purposes. Tucker Robeson is completing his Master’s thesis for the Department of Resource Analysis at Saint Mary’s University. His program will cover his research of Minnesota’s peat deposits, and their potential application in use to create a peat smoked whiskey of Minnesotan appellation.

Genetics VIII: DNA – The Most Amazing Molecule of Our Time.

Monday, March 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Winona County History Center. The DNA molecule has become a common term, not only in science, but also in the lives of the general population. This power point presentation will cover the discovery of the DNA molecule, the classic experiments that demonstrated the molecule to be the genetic material of life, and the monumental finding that determined the molecular structure of DNA. Discussions will also center on other information such as how DNA replicates itself, how it functions and the human genome project. Richard Kowles, author of several books and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in biology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, will be the presenter. 


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