CHAZY - Instead of listening to the same topic for an undetermined amount of time, Amanda Palmer, curator at the Alice T. Miner Museum, has decided to have a different kind of lecture series.
The Half & Half Lecture Series, which will be held at the museum on State Route 9, will present two different lecturers talking about two seemingly unrelated topics, for a half-hour each.
The idea originated last summer when Palmer was surfing the Web. After finding a site for a museum out west with a similar idea, she wondered if the lecture series would be of interest to people in the area.
After sending out letters to some people at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Palmer now has nearly 20 people interested in speaking.
"It's a great opportunity for us to kind of pull in the college and different speakers and scholars and authors," she said. "A new variety of people on a real good variety of subjects."
What adds to the dynamic of the lecture series, is after the two speakers give their presentation, the audience will work to make their own connections between the two topics, with a question and answer session with the speakers.
"If it's a stimulating enough topic to people, then I think it could be a really fun conversation in some cases," Palmer said.
The first lecture, which will be held this Friday, Jan. 22, from 7-9 p.m., will feature author Kate Messner and professor Wendy Gordon.
Messner - who will be discussing her most recent book, "The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z," which deals with Alzheimer's disease - will host a lecture many people can relate to, said Palmer.
"I know that's a topic that touches a lot of people's lives," she said.
As for Gordon, her lecture will be based on the idea of the "Invention of the Housewife."
"I don't know that those two are at all related, but I think both of those speakers are dynamic enough people that it could be pretty interesting," Palmer explained. "Although the topics may not link up to some people, I think it will be a fun conversation in the end."
Currently, Palmer is working to pair feature lecturers up, with the dates of the next Half & Half presentation to be announced a later time.
"What I want [the audience] to come away with is just a little broader idea of what's going on in the world and maybe they'll be interested in lecturing sometime, too," she said.
If interested in attending the first lecture, contact Palmer at the museum at 846-7336.