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Spring 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.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Annual MLK Commemorative Speaker

Tuesday, January 22, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, best-selling author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and president emerita of Spelman College, will deliver the University's Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. A clinical psychologist by training, Tatum is a nationally recognized authority on topics of racial identity development, race and education, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments and higher education leadership. From 2002 to 2015, Tatum served as president of Spelman College.

A longtime civic leader in the Atlanta community, Tatum is actively engaged in many initiatives designed to expand access to educational opportunities for underserved students and their families. Tatum also serves on the governing boards of several organizations, including Morehouse College, Smith College, Achieve Atlanta, Georgia Power Company and the Educational Testing Service. Throughout her career, she has been honored with many prestigious distinctions. Among her most notable accolades are a 2005 Brock International Prize in Education and a 2014 APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.

Tatum holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.

A book signing will follow her presentation.

Arthur C. Brooks

Monday, April 1, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Before joining AEI, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His next book, “Love Your Enemies,” and a feature-length documentary, “The Pursuit,” will be released in March 2019.

Dr. Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

A book signing will follow his presentation.

Shankar Vedantam, "The Hidden Brain"

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium keynote speaker.

The Hidden Brain

Shankar Vedantam is the host of NPR’s Hidden Brainpodcast and radio show. His goal is to help people think about the world in new and interesting ways. He is endlessly fascinated by research in fields ranging from psychology and history to sociology and economics.

Before joining NPR in 2011, Vedantam spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007 to 2009, he was also a columnist, and wrote the Department of Human Behavior column for the Post.

Vedantam is the author of the non-fiction book, The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives. The book, published in 2010, describes how unconscious biases influence people. In 2009-2010, Vedantam served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.


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