A world of ideas and the meeting of minds in Ashland

Ideas

CALLING ALL POETS: Beginning poets to the most skilled are welcome to attend the monthly reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-up is at 6:30 p.m. Call 535-4281.

film: As part of its Friday Seminar series, Southern Oregon University's College of Arts and Sciences will present a free screening of the public television documentary program, "400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought," by Kris Koenig, from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Meese Auditorium of the Art Building, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Galileo Galilei, an Italian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer from Florence, made the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope in 1609. No other scientific instrument has had such a profound impact on humans' view of the universe and their place in it. For more information, contact Claire Cross at cross@sou.edu, 552-6334.

history lecture: Eagle Point Library Second Saturday will host Stephanie Butler of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, who will present "The Women of Hanley Farm: Exploring the Agricultural Legacy of Four Generations in Southern Oregon" at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Eagle Point Library, 239 W. Main St. Butler will speak about the three generations of women who carried on their father's agricultural legacy for more than 100 years. The event is free. Call 826-3313.

OSF talk: Lue Morgan Douthit, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's director of literary development and dramaturgy, will present "Macbeth: Thrice Times Three" at noon Saturday, March 14, in Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The Shakespeare play is currently playing in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. In 15 seasons at OSF, Douthit has served as production dramaturg for more than 30 productions, including 11 Shakespeare plays and five world premieres. Admission is $8 for festival members, $7 for non-members and $6 for youths 6-17. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331 for more information or to purchase tickets.

the islamic world: The Friends of the Medford Library will sponsor "Sunnis and Shi'ites: Their Origins in the Islamic World," a presentation by Ean Roby, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the large community meeting room in the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Admission is free. Events of recent years, particularly in Iraq, have made Americans more aware of the existence of these two Islamic communities. The daily news, however, seldom goes into any depth about who the Sunnis and Shi'ites are or how they arose in Islamic history. This lecture will provide the historical background necessary for a better understanding of Sunnis, Shi'ites and their relationships. Call 774-6443.

astronomy presentation: Dave Bloomsness will present "Collimating and Testing Telescope Optics" at the Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the North Medford High School planetarium, 1900 N. Keeneway Drive, Medford. See orskywatchers.org or call 482-5203

book signing: Arthur Graham Howard will hold a book signing for his book "The Odyssey of Sunraker (Why Would a Successful Doctor Chuck it All and Sail Around the World?)" at 7 p.m. Thursday March 19, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Howard describes his personal odyssey. Call 488-0029.

cambodia talk: Bhavia Wagner, author, travel guide and founder of Friendship with Cambodia, will present "Touring Cambodia, the Socially Responsible Way," a talk and slide show, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Wagner will talk about the history, culture and people of the Southeast Asian country and discuss the practice of socially responsible tourism and how to use a trip abroad to help local people. The event is free. Call 343-3782.

book signing: Lydia Denworth will hold a book signing for her book "Toxic Truth: A Scientist, A Doctor and the Battle Over Lead" at 7 p.m. Friday March 26, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Denworth tells the story of successful efforts to bring about the banning of lead from paint, gasoline, and food packaging in face of the lead industry's well-funded efforts to discredit and silence its critics. Call 488-0029.