Weber Historical Society Lecture Series

The Weber Historical Society offers an array of lectures that cover topics from across the globe and around the state.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Fall 2017

“The History of Jazz in Utah”

Laurence Yorgason
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 7 p.m.
The Hurst Learning Center, Dumke Hall

A jazz bass player and educator, Lars Yorgason has been part of the Utah jazz scene for over 30 years. He is nearing completion of a book length history of jazz in Utah and will be discussing events especially related to jazz in Ogden from the beginning of jazz’s appearance here in the early 20th century.

“History of Google”

Brian McCullough
Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, 7 p.m.  | Hurst Learning Center, Dumke Hall


Tuesday, Oct. 17,2017, 10:30 a.m.  | Elizabeth Hall 229

Practically everyone is familiar with Google. But not so many people know how Google evolved from a small search engine on the Stanford University campus in the early 1990s to a multi-billion dollar company. In this presentation, Brian McCullough, the host of the Internet History Podcast, recounts the history of Google – how the founders met, the evolution of the Google search algorithm and the financial and philosophical challenges Google faced as it sought to commercialize its services during the bursting of the dot-com bubble. Google has been so successful as a company that the name has become a verb.

“The Syrian Conflict”

Abdul Nasser Kaadan, MD, PhD
Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Hurst Learning Center, Dumke Hall

More than 600,000 Syrian people have lost their lives, with two million more injured, in six and a half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests and escalated into a full-scale war. More than 11 million refugees (about half of the people of Syria) have been forced from their homes. Dr. Kaadan will discuss the causes of the Syrian civil war, the parties involved and the consequences.