Lives in Transition

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The Portage Lake District Library is partnering again this year with the Institute of Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC) at Michigan Technological University and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts to present a virtual speaker series this Spring titled Lives in Transition.

The series features leading voices on transformative change and focuses on the technocultural changes that are collectively transforming lives. Each speaker will address how we can navigate these changes in their respective fields and guide us toward making better choices that can help the world move forward. From February 22 to March 17, one of these speakers will address our community via an online Zoom forum.

With generous support from MI Humanities and IPEC, the library purchased books by several of the authors. These books are free and library patrons are encouraged to come by and pick up a book of their choice. PLDL will also be hosting a group book discussion of “Finding the Mother Tree” on Tuesday, March 22, at 6pm. A library card is not needed to participate in this program.

Please click on the event links below to learn more about each speaker and register for their event:

“Finding the Mother Tree” – February 22 @ 7PM
With Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forest Ecology

“Black Feminist Technoscience in the Cosmos” – February 24 @ 7PM
With Chonda Prescod-Weinstein, Cosmologist

“Stewardship of the Land in a Changing Climate” – February 28 @ 7PM
With Mic Isham, Tribal Chairman, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Indians

“Living in Data” – March 2 @ 7PM
With Jer Thorp, Data Artist

“Prosthetic Futures: Adaptive Technology for the Worlds We Want” – March 15 @ 7PM
With Sara Hendren, Adaptive and Assistive Technology

“Aliens, Technology, and Citizenship in a Settler Colony” – March 17 @ 7PM
With Michael Lechuga, Latin American Migration Studies

Please contact Portage Lake District Library Program Coordinator Michael Stanitis at for additional event information.

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