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Five Must-Attend Lectures in October

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All right, smarty pants, you think you've got a handle on all things brainy? We've got news for you: the Valley's rife with all sorts of experts who dabble in arts, sciences, and everything in between. And those pros offer up their knowledge readily at lectures all over town every month. Here are five that serve as irrefutable proof.

"Legacies of the Tribal Languages of Arizona: Gifts or Responsibilities" Preserving Native languages is Ofelia Zepeda's life's work. The poet, professor, and linguist will discuss her efforts to document and teach the Tohono O'odham language during her lecture "Legacies of the Tribal Languages of Arizona." Zepeda will sign her books after speaking at the Heard Museum's Steele Auditorium on Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m., presented by The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

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"Public Art in Phoenix" Director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program Edward Lebow will talk about the program's achievements and how they came to be. Hear all about it at Phoenix Art Museum on Wednesday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

"Ghost Ships of the Klondike Gold Rush" Nautical archaeologist Robyn Woodward will discuss the abandoned ships, referred to as the "ghost fleet," that were left along the banks of Canada's Yukon River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries during gold rushes. Archaeological Institute of America presents the lecture at ASU Tempe's Business Administration C Wing in room 316 on Thursday, October 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ignite Phoenix 13 With rapid-fire talks about everything from fantasy football and a history of neon to storm chasing, Ignite Phoenix 13 will take over Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 6, at 10 a.m.

Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher Beginning another season of National Geographic Live, photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher will share their work and experiences from time spent in Africa.

The talk takes place in Mesa Arts Center's Ikeda Theater on Wednesday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26 to $38.

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