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Bigwood Lecture

Fergus Area College Foundation is honored to sponsor the annual Bigwood Lecture. Funded through an endowment by Otter Tail Power Company in 1991, the Lecture honors the late Bob Bigwood, who served as Otter Tail Power president and chairman of the board. Bigwood's leadership in civic affairs, at Otter Tail Power and at M State - Fergus Falls as a founder of both the College and Fergus Area College Foundation sets the standard for the Lecture's continuing recognition of engaged leaders and citizen participation.

Michael J. Strand, artist and NDSU faculty member, is the 2014 Bigwood Lecture speaker.

Michael J. Strand, artist and NDSU faculty member, is the 2014 Bigwood Lecture speaker.

 

2014 Bigwood Lecture Features Michael J. Strand

"Benevolent Disruption: Art, Engagement and Community Transformation"

7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, Legacy Hall - M State Fergus Falls Campus

The public is invited to the 22nd annual Bigwood Lecture featuring Michael J. Strand as guest lecturer. Strand is an associate professor/department head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University. His mission is to build community through art, craft and design by making objects that extend beyond the walls of the museum or the confines of a gallery.

Formatively a potter, Michael's work has moved seamlessly into social practice and community development while remaining dedicated to the traditional object as a catalyst for social change. By illuminating the use of art in everyday life, Michael's projects encourage playful interaction and meaningful reflection, which inspires and sustains real social networks around shared experiences. Michael has taken a particular interest in strengthening rural communities with his projects, fueled by an optimism in humanity and our ability to overcome adversity. The event is free and open to the public.

M State music students Alexis Wedll and Vanessa Zahnow.

M State music students Alexis Wedll and Vanessa Zahnow.

 

Student Musicians Perform at 2014 Bigwood Lecture

The M State Music Department is pleased to feature students Alexis Wedll, soprano, and Vanessa Zahnow, violinist, who will perform with the M State Chamber Chorale under the direction of Teresa Ashworth. This performance will precede Michael J. Stand's presentation at the 2014 Bigwood Lecture.

Chris Farrell, popular public radio personality, will speak at Bigwood Lecture on April 2.

Chris Farrell, popular public radio personality, will speak at Bigwood Lecture on April 2.

 

Chris Farrell Featured at 2013 Bigwood Lecture

"Work-tirement: How Aging Boomers Will Change the Way the Younger Generation Thinks about Work and the Good Life."

Personal finance expert and award-winning journalist Chris Farrell will be the guest speaker at the 21st annual Bigwood Lecture on Tuesday, April 2, in Legacy Hall on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Farrell's address is entitled "Work-tirement: How Aging Boomers Will Change the Way the Younger Generation Thinks about Work and the Good Life." The Bigwood Lecture, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Farrell, a resident of St. Paul, is a familiar voice to fans of public radio, where he was the host and executive editor of Right on the Money, a nationally syndicated personal finance series produced by Twin Cities Public Television. He is a lively commentator on the major issues of the day and a frequent speaker at conferences and universities on economics and personal finance. He is currently senior economics contributor at Marketplace, the nationally syndicated public radio business and personal finance program produced by American Public Media.

Farrell is also a columnist for Bloomberg Business Week, Next Avenue and the Star Tribune and the author of three books, most recently The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics.

The Bigwood program will begin with a performance of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy featuring M State student pianist Johanna Becker, the Chamber Chorale under the direction of M State Choral director Teresa Ashworth and a chamber orchestra directed by Laurie Strom.
Bigwood Lecture is endowed by Otter Tail Power Company in honor of the late Robert M. Bigwood, the longtime power company president and board chairman who was instrumental in establishing the community college in Fergus Falls and Fergus Area College Foundation.


 

2012 Bigwood Lecture Features Richard L.Pemberton

The 20th annual Bigwood Lecture is pleased to present:

Richard L. Pemberton

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." (King Henry VI, Shakespeare) "And what about the judges and jurors? Shall we kill them, too?"

Comments on the search for justice and upon the values that make life worth living.

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Legacy Hall at M State - Fergus Falls

The public is invited to attend.

Fergus Falls attorney Richard L. Pemberton is a recognized professional on state and national levels. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates and listed in Best Lawyers in America. He is a past president of the Minnesota Bar Association and was the governor-appointed chair of the Minnesota Racing Commission for nine years. Pemberton has served on numerous Minnesota Supreme Court boards and committees and currently is a member of the Supreme Court's Justice and Reform Task Force.

Senator Dave Durenberger - 2011 Bigwood Lecture Speaker

Senator Dave Durenberger - 2011 Bigwood Lecture Speaker

 

2011 Bigwood Lecture Features Sen. Dave Durenberger

The 19th Annual Bigwood Lecture presents:
Sen. Dave Durenberger

"Health Care Reform is a Journey, Not a Destination: Why Does It Have To Be So Hard?"
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011Legacy Hall at M State - Fergus Falls

The public is invited to attend.

David F. Durenberger, who served Minnesota in the U.S. Senate from 1978-1995, is a nationally known speaker on the subject of health care and health care reform. His health policy experience extends back more than 30 years. Two years after his election to the Senate, Sen. Durenberger assumed a leadership role in national health reform as the Republican chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Durenberger is the founder and current chair of the National Institute of Health Policy at the Opus College of Business of the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, he has served on various national health commissions and he currently serves on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. He authored Prescription for Change, a book about health care reform through consumer choice, and writes a popular bi-weekly national commentary on current events.

The Bigwood family with Senator McGovern

The Bigwood family with Senator McGovern

 

2010 Bigwood Lecture

The 2010 Bigwood Lecture, held April 20, featured Sen. George McGovern, a 2010 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. McGovern's speech, "Ending Hunger in Our Time," was a reflection of his encounters with hunger as a boy growing up in South Dakota and how he has addressed the issue during his many years of public service. Following the program, which was attended by more than 300 people, McGovern signed several of his books including his most recent release, "Abraham Lincoln."

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