UMAA's Community Lecture Series Celebrates 20 Years! 1998-2018

Beyond the Headlines - Clearing the Air with Real Evidence
When it comes to hot topics like forest fires and criminal justice, the barrage of information from competing interests can bewilder the average news consumer. UM faculty will explore how we can rely on evidence to navigate what's real versus fake regarding issues affecting everyday Montanans.

February 20 - March 27
Six Tuesday nights
7-8:30 pm in the University Center Theater

 Missed a lecture or want to watch one again?
Community Lecture Series is being re-broadcast on
Missoula Community Access Television through a Media Assistance Grant.
Check the schedule for a complete list of MCAT dates and times.

Real Evidence in the Natural World

February 20:
Andrew Larson 
Anna Sala 
“The Inevitability of Wildfires: Fire Ecology and Forest Management"

February 27:
Philip Higuera
“The Inevitability of Wildfires: Fire History and the Future of Fire”

March 6:
Brent Ruby 
Paul Smith 
“Wildfire Implications for Firefighter and Community Health”

Real Evidence in the Social World

March 13:
Jordan Gross with introduction from Sara Rinfret
“Fact, Fiction and Unintended Consequences in Criminal Justice Reform”

March 20:
Dusten Hollist
“Making the Case for Evidence-Based Practice in the Montana Juvenile Justice System”

March 27: Panel Discussion: "How Do We Know the Truth When the Evidence is Always Changing?"

Chris Comer, dean, College of Humanities and Sciences
Tom DeLuca, dean, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation
Anna Sala, professor of plant biology
Dane Scott, associate professor and director, Center for Ethics


Tickets for the remaining series dates are available by call the UMAA office and cost $20 for the general public, $15 for UMAA dues-paying members and $10 for students.

Individual lecture tickets for $5 will be available at the door. Seats are limited and sell out quickly.

For questions and tickets, please contact Angela Weisenburger at (406) 243-6439 or