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UWFox Geology experts educate on history, mythology of gemstones

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Starting Feb. 18, geologists from UWFox will present The History and Mystery of Gemstones, a well-illustrated, jargon-free and all-ages lecture series. Drs. Beth Johnson, professor in the Department of Geology/Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, and Joanne Kluessendorf, director of the Weis Earth Science Museum, will lecture on the geologic origins, mythology, history of gems and where they are found from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“People have been captivated by gemstones for millennia, and they figure into the historical legend and lore of just about every culture around the world,” Kluessendorf said. “The goal for this series is to be both educational and entertaining.”

Kluessendorf and Johnson will discuss how many of the gemstones got their names, their uses through time, how their value is determined and their impact on society. Attendees will also learn about some famous—and infamous—jewels like the Koh-i-noor and Hope diamonds and the not-so-famous diamonds from Wisconsin. In addition, guest lecturer Dr. Richard Djukpen of the UWFox Geology/Geography Department will offer insight into the business of gold mining in his home country of Nigeria.

Lectures will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on consecutive Tuesday evenings February 18, February 25, March 4 and March 11, 2014 in Room 1229 at UWFox, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, WI. The cost is $5 per person for the entire series. Refreshments, hands-on opportunities, enthusiasm and surprises will be provided. As space is limited, those interested in attending should call 920.832.2925 to register before Feb. 15.

Visit Weis Museum Events page for more information.


Posted 2/5/2014