Imagine Lecture

2017 Imagine Lecture

Richard D. Hansen, Ph.D., has been leading archaeological research and scientific studies in northern Guatemala for 33 years, and is the director of the Mirador Basin Project in northern Guatemala. Some of his studies have identified some of the largest and earliest ancient cities in Central America. His research in the remote rain forests of northern Guatemala involves scholars from 66 universities and research institutions from around the world. Dr. Hansen’s work has been featured in 28 film documentaries.

About the Lecture

The Imagine Lecture was inspired by the late Dr. David Winter’s relentless pursuit of knowledge, innovation and never being afraid to envision something more, different or better. Its guest lecturers embody those ideals and bring them to life to inspire others.

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About David Winter, M.D.

In 1995, Dr. Winter came to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire as a promising new radiologist and was instrumental in several innovative changes within Eau Claire’s Radiology Department, most notably, the conversion to digital imagery. Dr. Winter was referred to by the medical director as one of Mayo Clinic Health System’s “best and brightest.” Dr. Winter’s life and career were tragically cut short from cancer in 2010 at the age of 47. His vision and inspiration live on through a lecture that exhibits the philosophy he inscribed in all his correspondence: “Imagine.”

Past lecture guest speaker Hilaree O’Neill, candidly speaks about the delicate balance she maintains between her professional passion as a mountaineer and as a wife and mother of two young boys.