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ALFA “Food for Thought” lecture series resumes

Posted 09/09/13

Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program kicks off its fall “Food for Thought” lecture series with a discussion of the modern history of Israel.

“Israel: A View from Another Perspective” will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St. Admission is free and open to the public.

The talk will be given by Donald O. Long, pastor of Faith Christian Church on Boutelle Street in Fitchburg and the current Massachusetts director of Christians United for Israel. The talk will seek to provide historical context for understanding competing contemporary views between nation-states of the world. The conflicts in the Middle East, especially regarding the state of Israel, must be understood in the historical context as well as in light of the 20th century. This presentation will take these two historical points of view into consideration in order to gain an understanding of the opposing claims over the land of Israel.

The Food for Thought lecture series continues with “Learning from Loons: Lead, Health and the Environment,” which will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Mark Pokras, associate professor of wildlife medicine, former director of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic and one of the founders of the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, will give the lecture.

Lead poisoning is a huge problem for people, wildlife and domestic animals. This presentation will review our knowledge about biological and ecological effects of lead in a wide variety of domestic and wildlife from cows to condors to earthworms. Our current state of knowledge on the toxicity of lead and its behavior in the environment, including the effects on wildlife, humans, and domestic animals will be examined. We will also discuss the importance of bringing together all interest groups to find safe alternatives, to develop new educational and policy initiatives, to eliminate many current uses of lead, and to clean up existing problems.

About ALFA

ALFA is a lifelong learning institute that offers courses and activities designed and implemented in coordination with the professional staff at Fitchburg State University. ALFA provides an opportunity for lifelong learners with similar interests to meet in an informal setting and pursue learning for enrichment and personal growth. ALFA is sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies and the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State, in collaboration with volunteer representatives of the community.

For more information on the lecture series and the ALFA program, visit https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/offices-services-directory/alfa/food-for-thought-lecture-series/.

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