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.

2018 Spring Term Series Events

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Tuesday, January 23 at 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative speaker

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and 2017 MacArthur Fellow, writing on modern day civil rights for The New York Times Magazine. Her widely read articles on segregated housing and schools, as well as her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America, expose how racial inequality is maintained through official policy. They also offer a compelling case for greater equity. She has written extensively on the history of racism and inequality, school resegregation and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, and the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With.

For more information about Nikole Hannah-Jones view the resource guide prepared by UD's Roesch Library.

Imbolo Mbue

Wednesday, January 24 at 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Co-sponsored by the Alumni Chair in the Humanities and in conjunction with the Global Voices Symposium (Jan. 23-25)
Enhancing the Global Village on US College Campuses
Imbolo Mbue is the author of Behold The Dreamers, a 2017 Oprah’s Book Club pick and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. At the intersection of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and the fiction of Amy Tan, Mbue’s riveting debut novel follows two marriages—one immigrant and working class, the other from the top 1%—both chasing their version of the American Dream. Mbue’s book is informed by her experience of being an African immigrant and the experiences of the many African immigrants that she knows. She grew up in Limbe, Cameroon before immigrating the the U.S. in 1998. She holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Columbia University. She lives in New York City. A book signing immediately following her talk. 
For more information about Imbolo Mbue view the resource guide prepared by UD's Roesch Library.

*Canceled* Arthur C. Brooks

Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

*Canceled* We​ regret to announce the March 21, 2018 ​Speaker Series event with Arthur C. Brooks​ ​has been canceled​ due to the severe snowstorm ​on the east coast, ​which ha​s​ disrupted airline schedules​, including that of our speaker.

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.

Dr. 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, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book is the The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.

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.

Megan Smith

Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m., Kennedy Union ballroom

Annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium keynote address
Co-sponsored by the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

Megan Smith is an award-winning tech entrepreneur, engineer, and evangelist. As the third U.S. chief technology officer, Smith helped the President harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of our nation and the world. She recruited top tech talent to serve across government and to collaborate on the most pressing issues of the day, from data science and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. She focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaign.

Prior to her role as U.S. CTO, Smith served as vice president of new business development at Google, managing earlystage partnerships across the company’s global engineering and product teams. She led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa, steered the shift of to include more direct engineering impact, such as Google Crisis Response, and later served on the leadership team of GoogleX , where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers.

Smith is an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. Over the years, she has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cook stoves. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2,000 miles across the Australian outback. She has recently been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

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