Clinical professor Philip Tedeschi will the featured speaker at the Dr. Max Pickerill Lecture Series hosted by Colby Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Frahm Theatre on the CCC campus.

Tedeschi is the director at the University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection, a center for the study of the interrelationship and health of people, animals and the environment. He has studied and teaches about the intricate relationship between people, domestic and wild animals and the natural world.

Research shows that the human connection with animals offers relational experiences that inform our social, emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and psychological wellbeing. With special guest Samara (Tedeschi’s black lab), the Oct. 17 lecture explores how respecting and taking care of animals offers unique and fulfilling opportunities for caring for ourselves. Ideas will be shared on how to rethink, improve and deepen relationships, and understanding each individual’s part of a larger community for all life.

There is no charge to attend the presentation. The Max Pickerill Lecture Series is funded annually by anonymous donors. For more information contact Dr. Linda Davis-Stephens at (785) 460-5528.