March 2018 Brown Bag Events

Posted on Mar 1, 2018

Wednesdays, 12:15 pm
Bring your lunch; the Library provides coffee and cookies.

March 7–Food Science: “A Matter of Taste”
The “Food Delicious Science” series is the hidden biology and chemistry of your next meal presented by Dr. Michael Mosley and botanist James Wong. Take a global culinary adventure to reveal the science that makes our food taste delicious and the powerful effect it has on our tongue and nose. In this episode, “A Matter of Taste,” Michael and James explore how the marriage between chemistry and biology is the root of all the sensations, tastes and flavors that we enjoy in our food. … Its effect on the tongue can be reduced down to just five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and the less well-known umami.  Taste is far more than just being delicious-it’s a matter of survival. PBS (60 min.)

March 14 –“Journey Along the Silk Road through Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan”
Journey into Central Asia’s heartland with Carol and Dennis Gaswick seeing the rich legacy of the Silk Road, the ancient trade route through Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan linking China to the West.

Visit Tashkent, the city of white marble, learn about traditional cultures of the area, and see the spectacular architecture and antiquities of Uzbekistan from Kiva through Bukhara ending at the Registan in Samarkand. Part of understanding these two nations culture and architecture is understanding the unique relationship they have had with each other throughout history. Live Presentation (60 min.)

March 21 Finding Your Roots: “The Irish Factor”
This documentary program hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents celebrities with a kind of book of life that reveals not only their ancestry, but unexpected connections with famous or infamous people. Join educator Dr. Gates Jr. as he explores the shared Irish ancestry of three powerful social commentators of our time: Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher. O’Brian is a broadcast journalist and producer. O’Reilly is an author, journalist, and former program host. Maher is a comedian, political commentator, and talk show host. This edition of “Finding Your Roots” examines how these individuals have been deeply influenced by their Irish Heritage. PBS (60 min.)

March 28 – National Geographic: “SuperPride”
The Serengeti sustains many lion populations in Africa: 300 prides. But this pride, residing in the central Serengeti, is an exception. 22 lions in all: they are a Super Pride. Few lion prides reach Super Pride status. This phenomenon requires the right conditions. Plentiful prey and strong pride males are key to its success. But keeping cubs alive to maturity is the Super Pride’s ultimate goal. Sometimes the greatest threats to a lion cub’s life come from other lions. Follow this documentary as it takes an intimate look at this Superpride in Tanzania. NG (50 min.)


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