NHTI’s Wings of Knowledge returns Oct. 3

We stopped by Concord Craft Brewing Co. to try the N.H. House Session IPA and The Gov'nah, a double IPA. Tim Goodwin
We stopped by Concord Craft Brewing Co. to try the N.H. House Session IPA and The Gov'nah, a double IPA. Tim Goodwin

Since the 2001-02 school year, NHTI has brought in a wide range of guest speakers for its Wings of Knowledge series.

And beginning next Tuesday (Oct. 3), there will be a new schedule of talks for this school year, beginning with Anthony Mento, project manager with SMP Architecture in Concord, in the school’s Library Living Room.

Mento will discuss the topic of Architecture that Supports the New Methods of Community Corrections, and share thoughts on designing correctional facilities in the 21st century. It seems like an appropriate topic with the new state women’s prison currently being built in the state capital.

The goal of the series is to showcase what NHTI has to offer while serving as an outreach to the community.

Because this isn’t just open to members of NHTI – anyone is free to attend.

“We find probably half our audience comes from outside the college,” said Steve Ambra, who helps plan the series.

And one of the major perks is that all eight on the docket for this year are free. We also heard there are tasty snacks, as well.

You might figure after putting together a series of eight talks each year over the course of the last 15 years, you might run out of topics and speakers. But that is far from the case.

They work a year in advance and have begun putting together next year’s lineup.

But before we get into what’s to come in 2018-19, we figured it might be a good idea to let you in on what to expect over the next seven months.

Depending on the expected audience, talks are held in the Library Living Room, Sweeney Auditorium and the Concord Orthopaedics Auditorium.

After Mento kicks off the series, Dr. Luba Richter, an orthodontist, will share her experiences and insights – personal and professional – in coming from St. Petersburg, Russia, to ultimately settle and practice in Concord, on Nov. 7.

Dr. Richard Smith, UNH associate professor of cropping systems ecology and management, will speak on Silvopasture “cows dining among the trees” – as well as other developments in the exciting field of sustainable agriculture on Dec. 5.

On Feb. 6, Carlos Perez, of Back In Motion, will discuss and demonstrate creating balance in people’s lives by offering guided sound therapy meditations using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls.

A yearly lecture will take place on Feb. 20 in celebration of National Engineer’s Week.

On March 6, Jeffrey Ryan, author of Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America’s Trail, shares insights, humor, history and geology of the Trail. “You can’t walk 8,000 miles without developing a unique view of the world and an ability to find complete contentment along the way.”

NHTI has students from over 50 countries, and on April 3, hear one of them share insights of home, culture and coming to New Hampshire as the campus celebrates its diversity.

And last, but certainly not least, is beer. On April 24, catch a special presentation on the science, industry, and cultural phenomenon of beer. Because really where would we be without it?

Wings of Knowledge is co-sponsored with SNHU. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit nhti.edu/wings or call 230-4028.

Author: Tim Goodwin

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