Fall Term Series Events

Tickets and Parking

All of these events are free and open to the public. No tickets required, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available in B and C lots only. Parking in any other campus lot requires a permit.

For special accommodations, please contact the Office of the Provost at 937-229-2245.

Wil Haygood, "MLK, RFK and the Ohio Championship Season That Made History"

Tuesday, September 25, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Wil Haygood, Pulitzer-nominated journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Butler and Showdown will be discussing his new book, Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing. Tigerland tells the story of Columbus’ East High School Tigers, baseball and basketball teams from a poor, black, segregated high school that each won two Ohio state championships in the same year, uniting a racially-charged community in the aftermath of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Haygood is praised for connecting the civil rights movement and its iconic heroes with current events and enduring struggles. Above all, he brings the powerful perspective that this is the history of all Americans, shaping our national identity and common values. Haygood will be interviewed by his friend, Michael Carter, chief diversity officer at Sinclair Community College. Copies of Tigerland, in addition to other titles by Haygood, will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Richard V. Reeves, "Dream Hoarders: Tackling Inequality and Class in America"

Monday, October 15, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Richard V. Reeves is a senior fellow in economic studies, director of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative and co-director of the Center on Children and Families for the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on the middle class, inequality and social mobility. He is the author of Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It (Brookings Press, 2017). He is a member of the government of Canada’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty, and also teaches at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. A British-American, Reeves served as director of strategy to the UK’s deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2012. In September 2017, Politico magazine named Reeves one of the top 50 thinkers in the U.S. for his work on class and inequality. Other previous roles include director of Demos, the London-based political think-tank; social affairs editor of The Observer; principal policy adviser to the Minister for Welfare Reform, and research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Maz Jobrani, "Maz Jobrani Live"

Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

In conjunction with the Creating Inclusive Community (CIC) Conference (Nov. 10)

Maz Jobrani is an Iranian-American comedian and actor. He is a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour and has had three Showtime comedy specials: Brown and Friendly, I Come in Peace, and most recently, I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV, based on his best-selling book of the same name. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me and has given two TED Talks. Jobrani’s comedy pulls from his background as an Iran-born immigrant raised in Northern California. Jobrani’s first original Netflix comedy special Immigrant is currently available for streaming.

Resource Guides

For more information on speakers in the series view the resource guides prepared by UD's Roesch Library.


University of Dayton Speaker Series

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