For Immediate Release
Clay Center offers a variety of free adult learning programs this summer
Charleston, W.Va., 6/4/09 – This summer, adults can get in on the Clay Center’s fun educational
opportunities with the free Lunchtime Lecture and Science Café series. The line-up of programs offer a
variety of unique and interesting topics.
The Clay Center’s free Lunchtime Lecture series takes place the second Wednesday of each month in the
art gallery. Each 45-50 minute program features a community presenter with an exciting new topic.
Summer Lunchtime Lecture topics include:
• The Art (and Science) of Conservation with Helen Alten, June 10, 12:15 p.m. – Helen Alten
has spent nearly 30 years unraveling the mysteries of objects and how they react to their
environment. For this program, she will discuss her work on a Viking coprolite, a 5,000-year-old
basket, paper-thin Roman glass, Custer’s battle guidon and one of the first electric stoves.
• A West Virginia Author Summons the Brontës with Denise Giardina, July 8, 12:15 p.m. –
Charleston author Denise Giardina will discuss her upcoming book Emily’s Ghost: A Novel of the
Brontë Sisters. Giardina is the author of several novels, including Storming Heaven.
• Folk Remedies and Medicinal Plants of Southern Appalachia with Dr. Rebecca Linger, Aug.
12, 12:15 p.m. – Rebecca Linger, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at University
of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy, will explain the study of the effects of plants, fungi and
micro-organisms used by the people of Appalachia.
The Science Café series features guest presenters covering a variety of science-related topics in an open
forum format, with plenty of time for discussion and Q & A. Science Cafes take place bi-monthly at
Taylor Books on Capitol Street. Upcoming programs include:
• 300 Million Ways to Save the World – But Only One That Really Matters with Paul Corbit
Brown, Tuesday, June 23, 6 p.m. – Paul Corbit Brown’s photographic work has carried him
throughout the United States, Russia, Palestine, Iraq, Kenya and many other places around the
globe. His work demonstrates his passionate commitment to environmental responsibility. This
program will focus on regaining our sense of personal power and responsibility for the
environmental challenges we are facing.
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• The Science of Recycling with Angela Rexroad, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m. – Angela Rexroad is
the recycling education coordinator for the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority. During this
program, guests will learn recycling tips and the environmental impact of recycling and find out
creative uses for recyclable materials.
For more information on these and other Clay Center programs, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-
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Clay Center • One Clay Square • Charleston, WV 25301 • (304) 561-3570 • www.theclaycenter.org