The public is invited to learn about a scientific expedition to the Sahara Desert, a police department canine unit, the ecology of the Great Lakes and other topics in a new series of lectures starting Saturday, Jan. 27, in Park Forest.
The lectures will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., in Park Forest. The series, called “Saturday Mornings at Freedom Hall,” is sponsored by the Village of Park Forest and is organized by Steven Simon, a Park Forest resident and scientist at the University of Chicago, and Park Forest Village Manager Tom Mick.
The series schedule is as follows:
- Jan. 27, “Dinosaurs and Ancient Humans: A Saharan Odyssey,” by Paul Sereno, Professor in Organismal Biology & Anatomy, University of Chicago.
- Feb. 3, “Forensic Trace Evidence: Big Picture Clues from Microscopic Particles,” by Christopher Palenik, research microscopist for Microtrace, a forensic consulting laboratory.
- Feb. 10, “Police K-9 Work Dogs: Sniffing Out Crime,” by Park Forest Police Chief Tom Fleming.
- Feb. 24, “What’s so Great about the Great Lakes?” by Mary Khoury, aquatic ecologist, the Nature Conservancy.
- March 3, “Central Park Wetland Restoration and Demonstration Project,” by Rob Gunther, Park Forest Parks Superintendent.
- March 10, “Technological Changes in Firefighting 1900-2007: Then and Now,” by Park Forest Fire Chief Bob Wilcox and PFFD Firefigher Lieutenant Mike Wheeler.
See www.freedomhall.org for directions to the lecture hall. For more information about the series, call the Park Forest Village Hall at (708) 748-1129.