Monday August 8, 2005

Distinguished Speakers Series Set

Former vice presidential candidate; guest star of '24,' 'NYPD Blue,' and 'Chicago Hope" headline 2005-'06 series.

Winona LaDuke, Green party presidential candidate Ralph Nader's running mate in 1996 and 2000, will speak as part of the University of Dayton's 2005-'06 Distinguished Speakers Series.

All events are free and open to the public.

LaDuke will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, March 6, in the Kennedy Union ballroom. LaDuke was nominated by Time as one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40. She also shared Ms. Woman of the Year honors with the music duo Indigo Girls and was a winner of the Reebok Human Rights award.

LaDuke is the program director of Honor the Earth and the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Her speech is co-sponsored by UD's Diversity Lecture Series.

The series begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Frericks Center. David Hilfiker, author of Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen, will address nearly 2,000 first-year University of Dayton students as part of their orientation activities. All first-year students have been reading his book during the summer.

Hilfiker has traveled to Iraq with two groups to nonviolently challenge the economic warfare being waged by the United States against the people of Iraq. He has served more than 20 years in Washington, D.C., clinics, including a medical recovery center for homeless men and a hospice for formerly homeless men dying of AIDS. Hilfiker travels the country speaking about medicine and justice and argues that universal health coverage is part of the nation's prescription for ending poverty.

Other speakers include:
Yareli Arizmendi and Sergio Arau, husband and wife actors, activists and writers; 8 p.m., Oct. 3, Kennedy Union ballroom.

Clifford Tabin, Harvard medical school professor of genetics; 4:30 p.m., Oct. 6, Science Center.

Laurie Garrett, New York Newsday medical and science writer and the only writer to ever win the Peabody, Polk and Pulitzer journalism awards, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Kennedy Union ballroom.

Arizmendi, a guest star of TV shows "24," "NYPD Blue" and "Chicago Hope," has worked with public awareness campaigns against child abuse, AIDS and lead poisoning. Arau is the writer, producer and editor of the hit independent feature film "A Day Without a Mexican."

Tabin's research on the genetic basis for embryological development won the Annual Prize in Molecular Biology from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tabin's presentation, "Why Your Heart is on the Left and Not on the Right," also is part of the biology department's speakers series.

"Our lab studies how embryos achieve their organization and pattern as they develop," Tabin said. "(In an embryo), cells on the left are mirror images of those on the right. Our lab and others have explained how this symmetry is broken (the same way) in each individual, such that organs end up on the proper side.

Garrett is the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. She is an expert on global health with a focus on newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, as well as public health and the effects on foreign policy and national security.

Garrett has appeared on "ABC Nightline," "The Jim Lehrer NewsHour," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and NBC's "Dateline."

UD's Distinguished Speakers Series is sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.

For more information on the Distinguished Speakers Series at the University of Dayton, please contactLou Talbott at (937) 229-4114 or visit To request an interview with one of the speakers, please contact Shawn Robinson at (937) 229-3391.