Lunch N’ Learn Brings Perspectives From Dust Bowl


The Lamar Community College Learning Resource Center will present a Lunch ‘n Learn – “In Their Own Words …..Dust Bowl Tapestries: Cycles of Desert to Oasis” on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 12:15 to 12:50 p.m (approximate). The college is proud to host the event as it will highlight the College’s rich history as it celebrates its 75th anniversary in the 2012-2013 academic year. The Lunch ‘n Learn will be held in the Learning Resource Center/Library (Bowman #144). Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Dessert will be provided. Community members are encouraged to attend the all-campus event.

Attendees will hear the voices of those who lived in the heart of the Dust Bowl, how they survived, and why they stayed, as told by Barbara Preskorn, Adjunct Humanities instructor, and Cheryl Sanchez, vice president of Academic & Student Services. Participants will discuss the historical and economic context which caused the Dust Bowl and how agencies and individuals learned methods of surviving in cycles of drought such as new farming techniques still relevant today. While Preskorn will share personal interviews and her grandmother’s published essay Black Blizzard, Sanchez will read from family letters and transcribed interviews. Both presenters’ families are from the region.

Guests will also see images from the Dust Bowl era taken by those who remained and others who ventured into the region to record unimaginable circumstances. The group will see a preview of Ken Burns’ documentary, The Dust Bowl, scheduled to be broadcast on November 18 and 19 on PBS. More program information is available at

The program is also a suitable enrichment activity for secondary students.

The Lunch ‘n Learn series is offered as an enrichment activity for all LCC students as well as community members. The College is committed to enriching lives through learning, including opportunities in and out of the traditional classroom.

For more information regarding the Lunch ‘n Learn event/series, contact Ellen Lovell at or 719.336.1541.

LCC Press Release

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