The Hannibal Arts Council (HAC) will host its third installment of a new lecture series titled Coffee Talk at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at HAC, 105 S. Main St. The program is free and open to the public. Program partners include Wade Stables P.C., Second Breakfast Coffee Roasters and the Missouri Arts Council.

The Hannibal Arts Council (HAC) will host its third installment of a new lecture series titled Coffee Talk at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at HAC, 105 S. Main St. The program is free and open to the public. Program partners include Wade Stables P.C., Second Breakfast Coffee Roasters and the Missouri Arts Council.

The Feb. 10 speaker is Hannibalian Andrew Wikstrom, who will present a lecture titled Policing the Border: Boots on the Ground. Wikstrom, a former Arizona Deputy Sheriff who moved to Hannibal in 2015, will provide the audience with a rare opportunity to hear about a controversial issue —immigration, border crossing, security — in what seems impossible, a politically neutral way.

Wikstrom brings with him true stories of southern Arizona border life as a Police Officer for the Gila River Indian Nation, and later as Deputy Sheriff for Pinal County, Ariz. He will explain the legal and cultural convergence of three cultures: Mexican, Native American and American, how drugs actually move across the border and answer the questions of what the word “guide” actually means, how does that translate into it being OK to carry 22.5 pounds of marijuana, why is 300 pounds in tribal territory considered legal for personal possession but 301 pounds becomes a tribal misdemeanor and where is the FBI in all of this?

Like a jigsaw puzzle, Wikstrom pieces together the interconnections and complexities based on 12 years of on-the-ground stories, knowledge and experience. Perhaps because he has been a public servant, he explains the border situation without political bias. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to hear, first-hand, about the day-to-day world of border security. Bring your questions.

The Coffee Talk Lecture Series is designed to be relaxed, informal, informative and free. Through the Coffee Talk Lecture Series, the Hannibal Arts Council will present community members speaking on various topics, including travel, history, health, current events, food, well-being and yes, art. The series is designed on the premise that everyone has a story and a wide variety of interests and are sometimes willing to share that with an audience.