Welcome to the “Discover Community” lecture series, an innovative platform brought to you by the Discovery Center Collective.

We are thrilled to offer a diverse array of engaging, complimentary lectures designed for adults who are eager to expand their horizons. Our series features esteemed community leaders and experts who will delve into a wide range of topics, encompassing the fascinating realms of STEM as well as vital community issues.

Join us in this intellectual journey as we explore new ideas, foster community connections, and inspire continuous learning. Whether you’re looking to ignite your curiosity or deepen your understanding, the “Discover Community” lecture series is your gateway to a world of knowledge and discovery. Let’s embark on this enlightening adventure together!

All lectures as a part of the Discovery Community series are free for all community members and geared towards adults.

Upcoming Speakers

Date: Friday, February 23rd at 6:30 pm

Topic: Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts with Tremaine Brown

Join in on the conversation around the community with Tremaine Brown as he shares his experiences serving the Amarillo community, both as the proprietor of Shi Lee’s BBQ and Soul Food and as the founder of the Vessel of Humanity and Compassion.

Date: Friday, March 8th at 6:30 pm

Topic: Stigmas of Mental Health with Lynn Jennings and Bobbi Britto

Join professional counselors Lynn Jennings and Bobbi Britto as they delve into the mental health community, sharing their extensive experiences in the field. They will discuss the challenges and stigmas associated with their profession and offer insights into how the community can evolve for the betterment of mental health awareness and care.

Date: Friday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm

Topic: Building Community with Mary Emeny, Malalay Mubariz, and Wendy Taylor

Join community leaders Mary Emeny, Malalay Mubariz, and Wendy Taylor as they speak on leadership, creating community, and strengthening local causes.

Mary Emeny worked for two years in Tanzania and close to a year in Vietnam through the Quakers in the 1960s and received her Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969. Mary was on the founding board of Habitat for Humanity from 1976-1985 and helped start affiliates in San Antonio and Amarillo, is the founder of Wildcat Bluff Discovery Center, and has served on numerous boards. She’s currently on the boards of United Way of Amarillo and Canyon, Amarillo Area Foundation, St. Anthony’s Legacy and Redevelopment Corp (SALAR), and the North Heights Linen Service.

Arriving in Amarillo in 2022 as a refugee, Malalay is proud to be an active part of creating an Afghan community where she can lead women in many aspects of life. She has a medical X-ray degree from Afghanistan, and in the last seven years of her time there, she focused on working in the education section as deputy coordinator of Lincoln Learning Center. She helped thousands of women, girls, and children receive quality education based on the US system and culture. Malalay conducted campaigns and held hundreds of conferences to increase girls’ knowledge about personal value. She stressed the importance of education in their future and economic freedom. Malalay was covered by the media around Afghanistan, and the UN women selected her to train groups of women in the north.

Wendy Taylor is a working, single mom with almost two decades of experience in nonprofit and museum management. Wendy is a Texas native, born in Lubbock. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Pepperdine University (minor nonprofit management), and a Masters in Art Education from Texas Tech University (minor museum studies). She believes educational equity is key to societal change and social justice and is passionate about ensuring access to learning for all populations. Since her arrival in 2020, Wendy has revitalized the Don Harrington Discovery Center, reaching new heights in every category from attendance, to donations, to accessibility.