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Natural Beauty on Display at ESCC Bishop
On February 7 the Bishop Cerro Coso campus initiated their new Lecture Series, SCHOLARS, ARTISTS, AND WRITERS. The first speaker was John Dittli, an Eastern Sierra resident known nationally as a photographer of the wilderness. Dittli and Mark Schlenz, a past instructor for Cerro Coso, created a book together called WALK THE SKY, about the John Muir Trail; John of course provided the photos and Mark created the text.
A number of the instructors on the Bishop campus encouraged attendance by their students at this kick-off lecture. About six students from Speech 101 attended. A number of them wrote short essay-critiques in response to Mr. Dittli's presentation, which included a video show with running commentary, followed by a question and answer session. They then held a reception and book signing in the Learning Resource Center. When asked about Dittli's presentation, one student named Shayla Tillotson commented, "The slide show began and in an instant I and everyone else (based on the oohs and ahhs) became fascinated by the beauty of nature." Another student, named Julianne Baker noted that, "He uses his work to encourage protection of threatened places and to promote awareness in general."
The success of the lecture and slide show was such that Series Facilitator, Eva Poole-Gilson said, "This is a good starting point for the series. In the fall, we hope to have a series of lectures, one per month starting in September."
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