UM Announces Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

September 18, 2014

MISSOULA – Three University of Montana faculty members will share their expertise with the public during the annual Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, beginning with English Professor Joanna Klink at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Klink’s presentation, “Listening to Poems: A Reading and Lecture,” will highlight “the essential strangeness of poetry – its power to move you even when it doesn’t make sense.” She will also read from her forthcoming book, “Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy.”

Klink’s poems have appeared in many anthologies, most recently “The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry.” She has received several awards and fellowships for her work. Klink teaches in the Creative Writing Program at UM.

UM communication studies Professor Alan Sillars will present his lecture, “Miscommunication and Misperception in Family Conflicts: Lessons from Research,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the University Center North Ballroom. The lecture will discuss areas of misunderstanding that commonly occur in family arguments, highlighting findings from studies of marital and parent-adolescent relationships.

Sillars has taught courses at UM related to interpersonal communication, conflict processes and family relationships for 29 years. He has received several awards for his work. Most recently, he was selected for the Mark L. Knapp Award honoring contributions to the study of interpersonal communication.

Joel Berger, who worked at Smithsonian’s National Zoo for seven years and serves as UM’s John J. Craighead Chair and professor of wildlife conservation, will highlight the necessity of seeing through the eyes of animals in his lecture, “In the Pavilion of Snow-Oxen: Big Animals in an Increasingly Peopled World.” He will present at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in UC North Ballroom.

Berger’s lecture will discuss how increasing human populations challenge the preservation of wild places and wildlife that require large landscapes. Berger has received lifetime achievement awards from the Society of Conservation Biology and the American Society of Mammalogists and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He has written five books.

For more information on the Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, call the UM Provost’s Office at 406-243-4689, email, or visit


Contact: UM Provost’s Office, 406-243-4689,