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Lower Columbia College instructors and a community member will discuss "The Mind at Work" during LCC's 2018 fall quarter Community Conversations speaker series.

The free lectures take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 29, in Room 101 (Laufman Lecture Hall) in the Health and Science Building at the college, 1600 Maple St., Longview. Food and beverages are allowed in the lecture hall.

The Community Conversations discussion series examines a current topic each quarter during the academic year (fall, winter, spring). Attendance is free and open to the public. Presenters can include LCC faculty and local community and business representatives. Students may receive credit by enrolling in Humanities 106 (Community Conversations).

The schedule

• Oct. 4: A Strength-Based Approach to Autism. Presented by Elizabeth West.

• Oct. 11: How Exercise and the Outdoors Boost Mood and Brain Power. Presented by Elena Ross, LCC health, fitness and nutrition instructor.

• Oct. 18: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Can Throw a Wrench in the Works. Presented by Janell Haynes-Hughes, LCC English instructor.

• Oct. 25: The Teen Brain - Creative, Impulsive, Miraculous, Terrifying and Incomplete. Presented by Michael Strayer, LCC social science instructor.

• Nov. 1: The Good Kind of Plastic. Presented by Annette Ward, LCC nursing instructor.

• Nov. 8: Neurobiology of Addiction. Presented by Michele waltz, LCC chemical dependency instructor.

• Nov. 15: Artificial Intelligence. Presented by David Rose and Don Derkacht, LCC computer science instructors; and Mark Gaither, LCC business technology instructor.

• Nov. 29: Open discussion.

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