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University of Mount Union 2018-19 Lecture Series Announced

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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 11:06 am

On the heels of the 2017-2018 academic year, the University of Mount Union has announced the upcoming years’ speaker series. 

Each year, the University of Mount Union hand selects a group of noteworthy intellectuals to come to campus and present lectures on topic prudent to today’s events and ideals. This year proves no exception.

As always, the series will kick off in the fall with the Dewald Honors Dinner and Program, which focuses on recognizing freshman honor scholars, upperclassman whom earned Dean’s List over the preceding academic year, and students enrolled in the Honors Program.

Up next, the Kershaw Lecture, focuses on bringing in a person to speak on modern poetry, the fine arts or music. Actor Perry King will be this year’s speaker.  He will be screening his newest film, “The Divide”, followed by a discussion.

Staying within the Arts, the Eckler Lecture will feature poet, Ocean Vuong.  Vuong, winner of the T. S, Eliot Award for his critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, will read and discuss his works.

The final 2018 lecture, The Gallaher Lecture will be focus on the topic, “Science is Fun and the Joy of Learning”.  Professor Bassam Shakhashiri will lead the lecture, which includes live demonstrations. 

2019 will start with the annual Faculty Lecture, which highlights a current faculty/staff member. This year, Dr. Kevin Meyer of the psychology department will lecture on “Humor Seriously: Exploring the Connections between Humor and Well-being”.

The final lecture in the series, the Schooler Lecture, which is coincidentally the largest lecture of the year aimed at exposing not only Mount students, but also the Alliance community “to the breadth and depth of American Culture.” Past presenters include such names as Robert Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, and most recently General Michael Hayden. Headlining this years’ lecture is Margaret Atwood.  Atwood is the award-winning author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and various other works.

This year’s series should yet again provide insightful viewpoints and shape our global perspective by exposing us to a diverse range of topics that are relevant and necessary for today’s society. Below is a list of the lectures and speakers that had been officially released by the time of the writing of this article.

2018-2019 Lecture Series Lineup

(Derived from official UMU email release, received 5-29-18)

Dewald Honors

The Dewald Honors dinner and program will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Kresge Dining Commons, Hoover-Price Campus Center. (By invitation only)

Kershaw Lecture

The Kershaw Lecture will be presented by actor Perry King. King will be screening his newest film "The Divide" followed by a discussion on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

Eckler Lecture

The Eckler Lecture will feature Ocean Vuong. Vuong, a poet, will read and discuss his works on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

Gallaher Lecture

The Gallaher Lecture will be presented by Professor Bassam Shakhashiri. Shakhashiri will present "Science is Fun and the Joy of Learning," which will feature live demonstrations on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Gallaher Theatre, Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

Faculty Lecture

The Faculty Lecture will be presented by Mount Union's Dr. Kevin Meyer. Meyer, associate professor of psychology will be presenting "Humor, Seriously: Exploring the Connections between Humor and Well-being" on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall, Cope Music Hall.

Schooler Lecture

The Schooler Lecture will be presented by Margaret Atwood, award-winning author of "The Handmaid's Tale" and other literary works. Atwood will present the 2019 Schooler Lecture on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Timken Gymnasium, McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (MAAC).

For more information, please visit www.mountunion.edu/lecture-series

 

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