WrightEd Lecture Series

Program Coordinator Larry Meckel


Full year program

wrighted lecture series

The WrightEd Lecture Series is continuing this fall! Get ready for an exciting and thought-provoking series. We will post more information about the classes as soon as we have it.

All class fees will go directly to the Wright to support their community efforts.

We look forward to having you join us for this exciting lecture series as we expand our educational opportunities for the entire community.

Continuing education courses which benefit you and The Wright Opera House

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Scroll down to see our previous courses.

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Previous Courses

Geology of the Ouray Area as Viewed by Drone

Instructors: Mike Boruta and Steve Cumella
geology of the Ouray Area as Viewed by Drone
This two-part lecture series by Mike Boruta and Steve Cumella will explore the amazing geology of Ouray. Mike’s drone photography and videos will be used to look at features that make Ouray’s landscape so distinctive. Drones allow views and perspectives not possible by other means. We will take a drone’s eye view of some interesting geologic features in the Ouray area including dinosaur tracks, rock glaciers, volcanic deposits from the world’s largest volcanic eruptions, and faults that record the history of past mountain building episodes. Ouray’s spectacular scenery is the result of distinctive rock formations, mountain building episodes, and erosion by streams and glaciers.  Mike’s images help us see and understand geology’s important role in creating this beautiful landscape.

Narrow Gauge Railroading in the San Juan Triangle

Instructor: Don Paulson
Narrow Gauge Railroading
The four sessions will look in depth at five railroads that operated in Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel Counties: the Ouray Branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad which ran from Montrose down to Ouray, the Rio Grande Southern Railroad which ran from Ridgway to Durango, the Silverton Railroad which ran from Silverton north over Red Mountain pass down into the Ironton Valley, the Silverton Gladstone and Northerly that ran from Silverton north to Gladstone, and the Silverton Northern Railroad that ran east from Silverton to Animas Forks. The class will also look at the history of the Ridgway Railroad Museum and its half-mile loop railroad.

Understanding Eastern Religions with Western Minds

Instructor: Kelvin Kent

Understanding Eastern Religions with Western Minds

Three separate presentations, between 60 and 90 minutes each, depending on length of Q & A time.

Hinduism is widely regarded as the oldest, practiced religion in the world with over 1.2 billion adherents. This session will cover how Hinduism evolved, the origin of the caste system, the great Epics, deciphering the hierarchy of Gods, rituals, festivals and practices, plus their concepts of time and how the mind works, and how this religion impacts nearly every aspect of their daily lives. 

Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? Was Buddha a God or an ordinary mortal human being? We will examine what Buddha taught and what he sought to change in northwest India 2500 years ago. We will also look at how Buddhism split into its main sects and what the beliefs and teachings consist of, plus how and when Buddhism spread to many parts of the world and why it is so popular today, especially in Western countries. 

It is calculated that Islam will overtake Christianity in sheer numbers within approximately 50 years. How did Islam come about? Exactly who was Mohammed? Why was Islam able to move so rapidly across the Middle East and Asia? What was and still is, the impact of Islam on our world today - especially in the fields of science, astronomy, medicine and mathematics? Who are the Sunnis and Shias and how do their sects differ? Who are the bad guys? We will delve into all of these and much more, in an effort to understand the history, development and relevance of Islam today.

Maps That Changed the World

Instructor: Larry Meckel

Maps that changed the world

This online lecture course is designed to chronicle the most important milestones in the history of cartography. It will take us from prehistoric rock carvings to digital maps of outer space, a time span that will cover over 8000 years of human history.

Evolution of Life on Earth

Instructor: Larry Meckel

Evolution of Life on Earth

This continuing education course will look at the evolution of life on Earth over a 3 billion year period. Specifically, it will chronicle 28 major and exciting milestones in the development of life from those very first, one-celled bacteria to the emergence of man, a truly amazing journey. The concepts of origins, changes, and extinctions will be important and recurrent themes.

Some of the 28 interesting milestones we will consider are:

  • The change from single to complex cells
  • The start of vertebrates (the fish)
  • Emergence onto land (fins to feet)
  • Two huge breakthroughs: the seed (for plants) and the egg (for animals)
  • The origin of feathers and flight
  • Emergence of flowering plants
  • The first primates

The course ends by considering two intriguing aspects of life: (1) the “art of longevity”, namely a look at those species that survived through all the turmoil and continue to live today and (2) those organisms that live at the very extremes of temperature, pressure, and toxic conditions.

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