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To Seek, To Learn, To Inspire

To a new season of exciting and dynamic lectures at the Holland Community Center. The MindQuest Lecture Series is a program of the Foothills Community Foundation designed to educate and stimulate thoughtful discussion on topics of interest to you.

This season will encompass subjects like the U.S. debt, Easter Island, myths of memory, fashion, the political relationship between U.S. and China, and an innovative world.

All lectures are held at the FCFHolland Community Center in the Quail Room beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. and ending at approximately 8:30 p.m. Complimentary coffee and refreshments are provided. We appreciate your continued support and donations that allow us to provide superb programs and informative speakers.

Purchase tickets online or contact the FCF office directly to register for the entire season or for individual lectures. By special engagement, Dee Dee Wood will share her personal journey in dance and Broadway theater on April 8, 2014. This presentation will be at no additional charge to season subscribers of MindQuest and the Desert Foothills Theater. Others may register at a discounted price.

MindQuest Events

Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. and include a lively question and answer period ending around 8:30 p.m. Complimentary coffee and refreshments are offered. You may contact the FCF office directly to register for the entire season or a single lecture. A single ticket is $20.00 per lecture and $18.00 for FCF members. The regular subscription price for the season is $75.00 and $65.00 for FCF members. Students are $5.00. Online ticketing is available for individual lectures.

MindQuest 2014 - 2015 Lecture Series: Past Events

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MQ Lecture 1 A New Look at Old Faces

A New Look at Old Faces

Presenter - Dr. Britton Shepardson

Easter Island is full of mystery. Not only are the heads slowly being buried by the Earth, the rich culture of the natives is also being buried as time progresses. Dr. Shepardson Author of Moai: A New Look at Old Faces, is an archaeologist who practices non-invasive methods and the Director of Terevaka.net Archaeological Outreach (TAO), which focuses on cultural conservation and archeology, among other things.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MQ Lecture 2 Unlocking the Myths of Memory

Unlocking the Myths of Memory

Presenter - Dr. James Stoehr

Have you ever wanted to learn about Alzheimers? What about your dreams? What about sleep? Dr. Stoehr, author of The Nuerobiology of Addiction and over 30 publications in the fields of substance abuse, memory and health professions education, will cover all three of these topics and how they relate to each other.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MQ Lecture 3 Managing US Debt

Managing U.S. Debt

Presenter - Dr. Dennis Hoffman

Are you concerned about the growing national debt? Is debt a bad thing? Should the U.S. pay it off? Come and hear how to put the U.S. debt into perspective. Dr. Dennis Hoffman, Director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, will provide insight into our current fiscal and monetary policy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015Tickets: Call 480-488-1090 or Purchase Online

Wenjun Du

Beyond DRAGON and PANDA: China Demystified

Presenter - Wenjun Du

Wenjun Du, born and raised in China, came to study and work in the United States and then returned to China for six years before moving back to the U.S., will share stories of her personal experience. Given her unique background and perspective, Wenjun will address China's rich history, its politics and culture, and current realities, e.g., from Confucius to Guanxi, from the Great Wall to Internet Great Wall. What are common perceptions and reactions to China's challenges and opportunities?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MQ Lecture 5 A Creatively Innovated World

A Creatively Innovated World

Presenter - Cecile Fayen

Who would know fashion better than a representative of the world renown Fashion Institutes of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)?... Cecile Fayen.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015Tickets: Call 480-488-1090 or Purchase Online

MQ Lecture 4 The Eagle and the Dragon

BONUS MindQuest Lecture "Carefree History and The Characters That Helped Shape the Town"

Presenter - Gerry Jones

How did Carefree get its name? Who were its visionaries? Come hear Gerry Jones, an architectural designer and an original resident of Carefree, unravel the town's history and reveal some humorous incidents about its founders and some of its citizens. Hear about Carefree's early developers K.T. Palmer and Tom Darlington.

Have you wondered how the streets were named like Never Mind Trail and Easy Street? What is the story behind the legendary sundial?


All of the lectures will be presented at the Holland Community Center.

Registration starts at 6:30 PM and the lectures begin promptly at 7:00 PM followed by an active question and answer session.

You are welcome to remain after the program to talk with the speaker. We conclude around 8:30 PM.

Season Subscription

  • Season Subscription, Non Member - $80 per person
  • Season Subscription, FCF Member - $65 per person
  • Single Ticket, Non Member - $20 per person
  • Single Ticket, FCF Member - $18 per person
  • Single Ticket, Student - $5 per person
A New Look at Old Faces

Unlocking the Myths of Memory

Managing U.S. Debt

The Eagle and The Dragon

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Please make checks payable to:

Foothills Community Foundation

34250 N. 60th St. Bldg B

Scottsdale, AZ 85266