Lifelong Learning examines why culture matters

Each of us is defined and constrained by the culture in which we live, and our cultural values are reflected in the choices we make as individuals, and collectively, as groups and governments. Recognizing and understanding how these cultural values affect others and ourselves allows us to become more humane, as well as more effective citizens, parents, business people, and decision-makers.

Join us at the Sisson Library on Saturday, April 25, when the Lifelong Learning Lecture series hosts Kim Martin in her presentation of “Culture Matters: How Cultural Values Influence Choice.”

Through discussion and experiential learning, this lecture will highlight the impact of culture on individuals’ worldviews, and how the recognition and understanding of cultural differences can help us achieve the results noted above.

Kim Martin has been teaching a variety of classes at Fort Lewis College since 2001. In addition to composition and East Asian history, she teaches a class called “Human Heritage,” which asks students to consider ways culture influences individual and group/governmental choices by comparing Chinese, Western, and Native American cultures.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for May 2, when Ali Sabeti, retired senior staff member of the World Bank Group, joins us once again — this time with a focus on the timely topic, “The Economy and Finances.”

The Lifelong Learning Lecture series offers a wide variety of topics sure to pique the interest of residents and visitors alike. Its mission is to help you keep your mind agile and your life interesting. Each presentation is free and open to the public. Lectures take place at the Sisson Library, located at the corner of U.S. 160 and 8th Street, starting sharply at 3 p.m.