Monday October 20, 2008

Events Focus on Economy, Healthcare, Diversity

Speakers will let you know who made your car, your secret to success, why to sweat the small stuff and how to laugh in today's troubled economy.

PRODUCTIVITY, LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT — The University of Dayton's Center for Leadership and Executive Development is bringing author and business consultant Marcus Buckingham to campus for a public talk on productivity, leadership and management. Buckingham's fifth book, The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success, was released Sept. 30. Author and consultant Buckingham speaks often about employee productivity and the practices of leading and managing. His talk will be aimed at students, young professionals, mid-career managers and executives looking to revitalize their careers. The event is from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at UD Arena. Tickets are $10 for UD students, $25 for other students, $35 for educators, $40 for general admission. Tickets for mentor-mentee pairs are $60. Tickets are available at or the Kennedy Union box office. To charge by phone, call 800-965-9324. For more information, call the Center for Leadership and Executive Development at 937-229-3115 or see

SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF — Former U.S. News & World Report reporter David Whitman and author of Sweating the Small Stuff will discuss his book at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Dayton Early College Academy located at 1529 Brown Street, third floor. It is free and open to the public. Whitman's book takes readers inside six secondary schools where disadvantaged teens make enormous gains in academic achievement and reveals the secret to their success. The schools teach teens how to act according to traditional, middle-class values, set and enforce exacting academic standards and closely supervise student behavior. But unlike paternalistic institutions of the past, these schools are warm, caring places, where teachers and principals form family bonds with students. The University of Dayton School of Education and Allied Professions and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Linda Maio at 937-229-5780.

WHO REALLY MADE YOUR CAR? — James Rubentstein, author of Who Really Made Your Car? Restructuring and Geographic Change in the Auto Industry, will talk about the changing landscape of the U.S. auto industry at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Sears Recital Hall in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. "From the creation of fast food, to the design of cities, to the character of landscape, the automobile has shaped nearly every aspect of modern American life," Rubenstein said. Rubenstein, a Miami University geography professor who teaches urban and human geography, researches where factories open and close, and why. "Given the eminent closing of the Moraine plant, his insights are particularly valuable and timely to the Dayton community," UD auto historian John Heitmann said. "He can help the community answer 'where are we going now?' We need to listen to him and then formulate our strategies about where we might want to go from here." For more information, contact Heitmann at 937-229-2803.

WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? – Chelsea Sexton, a star of "Who Killed the Electric Car" and former General Motors employee, will discuss her grass-roots efforts for clean and efficient transportation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Sears Recital Hall in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. "'Those who solve the energy conundrum will be those who change the world,' a claim made at the end of 'Who Killed the Electric Car,' is certainly worth pondering," said John Heitmann, a UD auto historian and organizer of the event. This event, part of the 16th annual Humanities Symposium is free and open to the public. "Given the rise in energy costs, the closing of the General Motors production facility in Moraine and foreign policy issues, the symposium will explore related issues of personal transportation, energy and the environment," Heitmann said. Sexton is the executive director of Plug-in America, a coalition that advocates for the manufacture of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. She also manages the alternative fuel division for the Santa Monica, Calif.-based start-up For more information, contact Heitmann at 937-229-2803.

NATIVE PEOPLES CELEBRATION WEEK 2008 — John Houser's grand monument in El Paso, Texas, to conquistador Juan de Oñate, and Hispanic contributions to the American West became a source of outrage to Native Americans. Native Americans saw Oñate as the man who brought genocide and sold their children into slavery. As El Paso divided along lines of race and class, Houser faced the moral implications of his work. Producer, writer and director John Valadez brought Houser's story to light in "The Last Conquistador." Valadez will be at UD to show the film from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Kennedy Union ballroom. A discussion will follow the movie. Both are free and open to the public. This event is part of UD's Native Peoples Celebration Week 2008. For more information, contact Mary Anne Angel at 937-229-2548.

FIGHTING MONSTERS WITH RUBBER SWORDS — Robert Rummel-Hudson has a daughter who hears and understands everything but cannot speak. He has faced the challenges of finding a good education for his daughter and a supportive community, as well as the challenge of raising a special needs child. Rummel-Hudson will discuss those challenges and the value of a supportive community at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Sears Recital Hall in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. It is free and open to the public. Rummel-Hudson wrote Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter, about his daughter. "Robert Rummel-Hudson is brave enough to reveal the damage the discovery of his child's condition did to his marriage and to his own sense of self. He manages to repair some of the damage through close involvement with Schuyler and vigorous campaigning on her behalf. His memoir is honest, often painful and deeply personal," said Charlotte Moore, author of George & Sam, a book about raising two autistic children. UD's Center for Social Concern, College of Arts and Sciences, criminal justice studies and School of Education and Allied Professions are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Director of UD Criminal Justice Studies program Art Jipson at 937-229-2153.

THE WORST YEARS OF OUR LIVES — An author who can bring laughter to conversations about families who can't afford healthcare or lunch will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 Access to Justice Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Dayton Marriott. Satirical commentator Barbara Ehrenreich has written The Worst Years of Our Lives about the President Ronald Reagan-era, This Land is Their Land about the rich getting richer in the 2000s and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. "Feisty, fearlessly progressive Ehrenreich offers laughter on the way to tears in 62 previously published essays that show 'the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer,'" according to a Publisher's Weekly review. "Her passion, compassion and wit keep these excursions lively and timely..." The University of Dayton Distinguished Speakers Series, UD School of Law, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio Inc. and Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project are sponsoring the event. Tickets are available from any of the sponsors for $65 each. For more information on the dinner, contact Lori Shaw at 937-229-3794. Ehrenreich also will speak to UD students at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Mathias Heck Courtroom in UD's Keller Hall. To interview Ehrenreich, contact Janice James at 937-535-4432.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or