2012-13 UD Speaker Series
EDUCATION FOR TRANSFORMATION
The 2012–13 University of Dayton Speaker Series brings us a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists and artists dedicated to a common theme: “Education for Transformation.”
Our speakers have achieved substantial national or international recognition, and they initiate purposeful and critical discussion within our community concerning critical and contemporary issues. And diversity is a key. Speakers offer different cultural, political and religious perspectives. This engages our students, faculty, staff and community in harmony with the mission of the University of Dayton.
All events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Our thanks to the 2012-13 series co-sponsors:
Markey's Rental & Staging
Bob Ross Auto Group
2012-13 Series Events
All events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Executive Director of This I Believe
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Dan Gediman is executive director of This I Believe, a nonprofit organization that collects and presents the personal philosophies of people from all walks of life.
NUREMBERG: ITS LESSON FOR TODAY
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
OCTOBER 24, 2012
Shuttle departure schedule from RecPlex to 1700:
Shuttle return schedule from 1700 with stops at Iriving Commons & RecPlex:
Made for the U.S. Department of War in 1948, this historic film about the first Nuremberg trial was widely shown in Germany but suppressed in the United States for more than 60 years. Join us to view the film and discuss the impact the depicted events had on peace and modern civilization.
A student viewing of the film will be held on October 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Sears Recital Hall.
Author, professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
NOVEMBER 13, 2012
Isabel Wilkerson is the best-selling author of the nonfiction book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. In 1994, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her New York Times pieces on the rural heartache of the Midwest floods and a profile of a 10-year-old boy on the South side of Chicago. A book signing will follow her talk.
ANA CASTILLO, PH.D.
Novelist, essayist and poet
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
An American Book Award winner, Castillo is the author and editor of more than a dozen books and is well-known as a Chicana feminist activist. A book signing will follow her talk.
Author, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core
JANUARY 22, 2013
Eboo Patel's book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, and his blog "The Faith Divide" at washingtonpost.com, consider the religious events and issues that bring people together or drive them apart. A book signing will follow his talk.
Highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar
FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Michelle Alexander is the New York Times' best-selling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. A book signing will follow her talk.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author
MARCH 9, 2013
Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times' columnist and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. A book signing will follow his talk.
SIR KEN ROBINSON, PH.D.
Leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation
Video: Sir Ken's introduction to his UD visit:
APRIL 16, 2013
Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. His New York Times' Best Seller, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, has been translated into 21 languages. A book signing will follow his talk.
In the News11.19.2012 | University of Dayton News
Ana Castillo, prolific poet, novelist and essayist, is next on tap for the University of Dayton Speaker Series Nov. 29. More >>
11.10.2012 | Dayton Daily News by Sharon Short
“This story touches anyone who has been an immigrant, or who has ancestors who have been immigrants, particularly recently,” says Isabel Wilkerson. More >>
11.02.2012 | University of Dayton News
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, will give a free talk Nov. 13. More >>
10.12.2012 | University of Dayton News
Sandra Schulberg meticulously restored, frame by frame, a 1948 historic film about the first Nuremberg trial. She'll introduce the powerful documentary Oct. 24. More >>
09.14.2012 | University of Dayton News
Dan Gediman believes that the stories of others can change the world. Gediman began his own story by collecting the “personal philosophies of remarkable men and women” into a book called This I Believe. Seven years later, This I Believe II is new student program’s first-year read. More >>
08.31.2012 | University of Dayton News
Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, and two Pulitzer Prize winners - New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson - headline the 2012-13 University of Dayton Speaker Series. More >>
UDSS Mission Statement
The University of Dayton Speaker Series serves as a catalyst for purposeful and critical discussion of contemporary issues through dynamic public presentations and related programming. Working with campus and community partners, the UDSS sponsors presenters who:
- have achieved substantial national or international recognition for expertise in their fields of inquiry or artistic expression;
- represent, as a series, a diversity of intellectual, cultural, political, and religious perspectives;
- and engage directly with students, faculty, and staff in ways that support learning and living in community.
The University of Dayton Speaker Series invites faculty, staff, and students to submit recommendations for the 2013-14 series. The theme for next year's series, "Human Rights," is in keeping with UD's Marianist tradition and identity, and it is meant to include a broad range of issues and a diversity of perspectives. The following list of general topics is provided to prompt ideas, not constrain them. And while not every presentation in next year's series need fit the theme, we especially encourage recommendations that will help us develop a meaningful conversation about related ideas and issues throughout the year.
"Human Rights" is our theme; prospective speakers might address specific topics within areas such as:
- peace and human rights
- hate speech
- children's rights and/as human rights
- gender & human rights
- cross-cultural perspectives on human rights
- labor and human rights
- discourse and representation of human rights
- human rights and the arts
- historical perspectives on human rights
- human rights and the non-human
- religion and human rights
- security and human rights
Please submit recommendations for speakers/presenters as well as requests for UDSS co-sponsorship using the on-line forms.
Note that the UDSS Committee will begin reviewing recommendations in mid-November and expects to have a prospective roster identified by January 2013.
Members of the UD community:
Speakers Bureau / Agency Representatives:
Professional representatives should contact Sheila Hassell Hughes to request information on annual themes for the UD Speaker Series. Once the theme has been identified for a given year, the committee will welcome submissions of recommended speakers who clearly fit all three criteria identified in the UDSS mission statement and who correspond to the annual theme. Such recommendations should be submitted by e-mail or post to the address below. Dr. Hughes or another committee member will respond if and when the committee decide to pursue one of the recommendations.
UD Speaker Series Events
2011-12: Building Movements for Social Justice
Vandana Shiva -- The Future of Food
Ottmar Edenhofer -- To Whom Does the Atmosphere Belong? Linking Climate and Development Policy (*event canceled*)
Ebony Utley -- Social Movement Strategies and the Hip Hop Generation (Annual MLK address)
David Suzuki -- The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom Line (Annual Stander Symposium address)
Diversity Lecture Series Events
Roxana Saberi -- Courage Under Fire: Matters of Conscience and Faith in Iran
Geoffrey Canada -- Waiting for Superman: The Crisis Facing Youth - What Adults and Communities Can Do to Save Our Children****
Kareen Abdul-Jabbar -- An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: On the Shoulders of Giants
Gideon Yago and Reza Aslan
Bishop Vashti McKenzie****
Sweet Honey In The Rock
Johnnetta B. Cole****
Dr. Troy Duster
Bebe Moore Campbell
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Ambassador Andrew Young
Coretta Scott King
Dr. Roger Daniels
Distinguished Speaker Series Events
Jonathan Kozol -- The Shame of the Nation
Barbara Ehrenreich -- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
David Bornstein -- Author And Agent of Positive Change
Gail Dines -- Sex(ism), Love, and Identity in a Pornographic Culture
Fotis Kafatos -- From Crete to Africa: A Life In Science
Rajiv Chandrasekaran -- Iraq's Elusive Peace: A Reporter's View from Inside the Green Zone
Bill McKibben ... Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age
Frosty WooldridgeMarci Hamilton -- God, Politics, and Power
Leonard Pitts Jr. -- The Home of the Brave
Asra Nomani -- Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam
Hilfiker -- Urban Injustice
Arizmendi Arau -- A Day Without a Mexican
Tabin -- Why Your Heart is on the Left and not on the Right
Garrett -- Pandemic Security
LaDuke -- Recovering the Sacred: Religion, Faith, and the Land from a Native Woman's Perspective
Eric Schlosser -- Fast Food Nation
Reverend Dr. Joseph C. Hough, Jr. -- Economic Disparity: A Challenge to the Abrahamic Faiths
E.O. Wilson, Ph.D. -- The Future of Life
Anne Garrels -- The War in Iraq as Witnessed and Reported by NPR Senior Correspondent Anne Garrels.
Dr. David Courtwright -- The Worm Gets the Early Bird: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Risky Status Sphere of Exhibition Flying
Nadine Strossen -- Current Challenges to Civil Liberties
Manning Marable -- Durban to Dayton: Community Summit on Eliminating Racism
Dr. Art Levine -- Educational Reform and the University: How Should the University Community be Involved in K-12 Reform?
Marge Piercy -- Female, Left, Rooted in Nature and Proud: The Poetry of Marge Piercy
Michael Himes and Patrick Byrne -- Finding God in All Things: Teaching and Researching in a Catholic University
Andre Dubus, III -- Writing Into the Unknown**
James Fallows -- War with Iraq: Why, How, and What it Means to You***
Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB -- Heart of Flesh
Dr. William Schulz -- I Never Want to Speak English Again: Human Rights in a Post-9/11 World
Dr. Molefi Asante -- Africana Studies: Past, Present, and Future Prospects
Dr. Gene Corley -- World Trade Center Attack: Why the Towers FellErnest Gaines -- Readings from A Lesson Before Dying
Kathleen Norris -- Dakota and Beyond: What’s the Use of Memoir?**
Thomas Friedman -- Lexus and the Olive Tree Co-sponsored with Dayton Council on World Affairs
Edwin Moses -- An Evening with Edwin Moses***
Phil Donahue -- An Evening with Phil Donahue*
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo -- Women’s Rights: A Global Perspective
Elliott Aronson -- Could Columbine Have Been Avoided … You Bet Your Life
Reverend Peter Gomes -- Transformed and Transforming Texts: The Bible and its Interpretation
Robert Mark -- Light, Wind, and Structure: The Technology of High Gothic Cathedrals
Parker Palmer -- The Recovery of Community in Higher Education: On Knowing, Teaching, and Learning
Adam Hochschild -- The Real Heart of Darkness: King Leopold’s Congo
Michael Berube -- Disability and the ‘Difference’ it Makes***
Stephanie Coontz -- Families in a New Millennium: Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?
Bruce Harris -- Innocence Lost: The Plight of Central America’s Street Children
+ Contribution to program ($5,000) from President Gerald Ford
* Writers’ Workshop Keynote
** Scholars Author
*** University Scholars Address
**** Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Address
Dr. Sheila Hassell Hughes, UDSS Committee Chair
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