Dr. Steven L. Peck will speak on fiction, faith, and science at the Canyon Community Center on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Peck is an evolutionary ecologist who teaches history and philosophy of science and bioethics at Brigham Young University. He is also a novelist and short-story writer whose fiction features elements of philosophy, satire, poetry, cosmology, and absurdity. Peck will discuss how he merges purpose and craft in his thought-provoking writings on belief and science. His published works include “Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist,” “The Scholar of Moab,” “A Short Stay in Hell,” and “Wandering Realities.” His latest novel, “Gilda Trillam: The Shepherdess of Rats,” will be released soon.
Z-Arts will show a critically acclaimed documentary at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Canyon Community Center.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga will share his images while discussing his life as a photojournalist and conservationist at the Historic Rockville Church on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. A regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic magazines, he is the author of ten wilderness-advocacy, large-format books, among them “Frog Mountain Blues,” “Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau,” and “The Secret Forest.” His photo “Stone Canyon” was selected by the International League of Conservationist Photographers as one of the 40 best nature photographs of all time. In 2011, he was named Outstanding Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association and has just been named recipient of that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kristine Eberhard’s artwork will be on display in the Canyon Community Center until Nov. 14.
Admission to all of these events is free thanks to the Utah Department of Arts and Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Humanities Book Festival, and the Pulitzer Prize’s Centennial Campfires Initiative as well as Z-Arts’ members, business sponsors, and volunteers.
The Canyon Community Center is located at 126 Lion Blvd. in Springdale. The Historic Rockville Church is located at 43 Main St. in Rockville. To learn more, visit hzarts.org.