General Lecture Information
Minerva lectures are free and the public is encouraged to attend. They are held in the Gallagher Board Room in the Rehabilitation Institute of Montana on the Community Medical Center campus. Lectures begin at 5:30 PM, unless an alternative time is noted.
The Minerva Society Committee welcomes lecture topic and speaker suggestions. Please call the CMC Foundation at 406-327-4141 with your ideas. Thank you for your participation!
What is the Minerva Society?
The Minerva Society is an educational outreach program of Community Medical Center Foundation dedicated to supporting health education in western Montana. Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom and health, this membership society sponsors an annual series of healthcare lectures at Community Medical Center free to the public.
It all began with a bug not much bigger than the dot on an "i" and an internationally known medical researcher, Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, who lives and works in the Bitterroot Valley. The Minerva Society Lecture Series debuted in 1990 with a talk by Dr. Burgdorfer, who discovered the bacterial pathogen that causes Lyme disease. Since then, more than 8,000 people have been informed and enlightened by Minerva Society lectures.
Lectures have turned the spotlight on topics such as Attention Deficit Disorder, the Prozac controversy, dying with dignity, preventive health care and other topics that affect us personally such as disease and new treatments. The Society involves nationally renowned speakers and specialists from our local medical and professional community to present a lecture that is a lively mixture of discussion and dialogue.
Minerva Society members and a steering committee plan and organize the healthcare lecture series. Please join us and help promote health education for our community!
For a $45 yearly contribution, you can become a Minerva Society member and receive these benefits:
- Advance notice of Minerva lectures and events
- Guest speaker nominating privileges
- Invitations to events honoring distinguished speakers
- Reserved seating at lectures and programs
Thank You to our 2011-2012 Minerva Society Steering Committee:
Sigri Thorn-Gildea, Chair
Phil Barney, MD
Kate and Joe Caciari
Greg Salisbury, PT
Stephen Smith, MD
For more information on the Minerva Society, please contact the Community Medical Center Foundation, 406-327-4141.