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Squaw lecture series brings in big names

The man who knows most about the clarity of Lake Tahoe, Professor Charles Goldman, will speak about the future of the lake at Squaw Valley on Oct. 24.

Goldman has studied Tahoe since 1959 and is the founder of the Tahoe Research Group, based at UC Davis.

The Squaw Valley Institute will host Goldman. The institute was founded in April to promote art, culture and education.

“Almost every major ski area in North America has a cultural institute,” said John Wilcox, president of the SVI. “Our purpose is to bring events to the community.”

Goldman’s presentation will be part of an institute program called Speakers Forum. On Sept. 13, the institute held its first forum, which focused on fire danger at the Lake Tahoe Basin. Two foresters and a fire chief spoke at the meeting.

On Nov. 22, the institute will host Professor Richard Somerville to speak about “Global Warming: Science vs. Wishful Thinking.” Somerville has been professor of meteorology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego since 1979. He is author of the book “The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change.”

The first Speakers Forum drew about 50 people who attended the event at no charge. For Goldman’s presentation, admission will be $10 at the Resort at Squaw Creek, $5 for students with identification. The money is needed in part to pay for Goldman’s travel and hotel expenses, Wilcox said.

To find out more about the Squaw Valley Institute, go to http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

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