Schedule of Events

01 Aug 2017 - 31 Jul 2018

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August

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 7:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

September

Water Exploration in the Solar System: The Restless Hunt for Life - Essam Heggy
Tue, 12 Sep 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Essam Heggy is a planetary scientist at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and a Rosetta co-investigator at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He will discuss methods being used to explore possible subsurface aquifers and ice deposits on Mars as well as NASA’s and the European Space Agency's future plans future plans to probe subsurface water on the red planet and Jupiter’s icy moons. Heggy is currently a member of several science teams conducting experiments on board the ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter and Rosetta Mission; the Chandrayaan-1, India’s first lunar mission; and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced

Medical Apartheid: The History of Experimentation on Black Americans - Harriet Washington
Mon, 18 Sep 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Harriet Washington is a medical ethicist and author of the best-selling book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. She has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. Her latest book, Infectious Madness, looks at the connection between germs and mental illness. An award-winning medical writer and editor, Washington has worked for USA Today, been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and written for such academic forums as The New England Journal of Medicine. National Affairs Series

Help! You Need Somebody! - Sara Benincasa
Tue, 19 Sep 2017, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sara Benincasa is a comedian, mental health advocate and author of Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom. With courage and humor, she shares her experience overcoming mental illness as a young adult, coping with panic attacks, and navigating the highs and lows of college life. Benincasa's eclectic background includes work as an Americorps teacher, janitor, legal assistant, bathtub talk show host, and citizen journalist for MTV News covering the 2008 presidential election. Her memoir, Agorafabulous, is currently being adapted as a television series with Oscar winner Diablo Cody. Mental Health Expo A resource fair with local mental health and substance abuse professionals will be held in the adjoining South Ballroom beginning at 4:30pm.

Is There Evidence of God from Contemporary Science? - Fr. Robert Spitzer
Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Fr. Robert Spitzer served as president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. A Catholic priest and Jesuit, he is the author of eight books, including New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy . He appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe,” where he responds to viewer questions on a range of subjects, including reason, faith, suffering, and the existence of God. He has made many other TV appearances, including The History Channel’s “God and The Universe,” the PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow on Larry King Live. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Vanishing Vaquitas: Lessons from a Humble Porpoise - Barbara Taylor
Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Barbara Taylor, a conservation biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center, is actively involved with recent efforts to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise found only in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. Her discussion of the vaquita’s rapid population decline will address broader themes of ocean and coastal conservation, international politics and what individuals can do to protect endangered species. Barbara Taylor leads the center’s Marine Mammal Genetics Program and researches how genetic data can be used in population analysis and conservation. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture

October

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - George M. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Back to the Future: The Social Justice Origins and Future of Latinx Studies - Ginetta Candelario
Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Location to be announced - Ginetta Candelario is an associate professor of sociology and Latin American & Latino/a Studies at Smith College, where her teaching focuses on race and ethnicity in the Americas, Latina/o communities in the United States and Latin American, and Latina feminist activism. Her research interests include Dominican history and society, especially Dominican identity formation. Candelario has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic twice, most recently in 2016, and is the author of Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops. Latino/a Heritage Month

World Affairs Series Event Being Planned
Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

It's What I Do - Lynsey Addario
Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who has covered conflicts and humanitarian crises in Iraq, Darfur, South Sudan, Congo, and Libya, where she was one of four journalists held captive by the Libyan Army. Named one of the most influential photographers of the past 25 years, she received a Pulitzer Prize for her work documenting life under the Taliban in Afghanistan as well as a MacArthur Fellowship. Her recent work includes Syrian refugees, ISIS’s push into Iraq, and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Lynsey Addario’s New York Times bestselling memoir, It's What I Do, is being made into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Steven Spielberg.

2017 Norman Borlaug Lecture
Mon, 16 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced. A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union. Posters will address world food issues and are submitted by undergraduate and graduate students.

January

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy Convocation
Thu, 18 Jan 2018, 3:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and learn how his global vision of equality for everyone remains relevant today. The Advancing One Community Awards will also be presented.

February

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Latino/a Studies Program speaker to be announced.

April

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Thu, 19 Apr 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Phi Beta Kappa speaker to be announced.

June

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - National Affairs Series speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - World Affairs Series speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - Speaker to be announced

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Women's Leadership Series. Speaker to be announced.

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - National Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.

World Affairs Series Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - Speaker to be announced.