"From Fossils to Forceps -- Science and Medicine on the Plains" is the theme of this year's Home on the Range Conference at Fort Hays State University.
The two-day conference, Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, includes presentations on several topics by speakers that include a poet laureate of Wyoming and Professor B.T. Farquar's Old Time Medicine Show.
All events are free and open to the public, except for two meals for which registration has already closed.
A schedule of events is available at the Hays Public Library, (785) 625-9014, or the FHSU Department of Modern Languages, (785) 628-4244. The conference is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, the Kansas Arts Commission, the Hays Public Library and the FHSU University Activities Board, Special Events Committee and Modern Language Department.
Tom Rea, award-winning author and a past poet laureate of Wyoming, will present the 2003 Keith G. Sebelius Lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Engel Educational Center at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. His topic will be "A High Plains Dinosaur Goes Global." A reception and book signing will follow.
Professor Farquar's Medicine Show, presented by Sanford Lee as Professor Farquar, sets entertainment back more than a hundred years, to the days of the old-time medicine show. Unlike the snake oil hucksters of yesteryear, Farquar peddles no elixirs or patent pills but dispenses laughter in prodigious quantities.
The Medicine Show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Bijou, in the 500 block of West Seventh. A cash bar will be available.
Other conference events include Greg Liggett, assistant director of the Sternberg Museum speaking on "Kansas: A Gateway to Scientific Discovery in Paleontology"; Jay Antle, of Johnson County Community College, speaking on "Tornadoes in Kansas: Science, Pseudo-Science and Myth."