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Monday, 19 Feb 2018

Coal, Climate and Environmental Backlash - Nick Mullins
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Nick Mullins is a former fifth generation coal miner from Appalachia seeking to better educate audiences about Appalachia’s jobs-versus-environment dichotomy. An energy transition advocate and author of the blog The Thoughtful Coal Miner, Mullins hopes to inspire deeper conversations on the relationship between activists, corporate interests, and rural working-class communities and help audiences understand the political motivations of mining communities. His presentation looks at community reactions to both environmental activism against surface mining practices and the coal industry’s response through public relations campaigns and the “War on Coal” rhetoric. University Symposium on Sustainability Keynote The Symposium on Sustainability will host a poster display and reception prior to the lecture, 7-8pm, in the South Ballroom. Help celebrate sustainability efforts and accomplishments on and off-campus!

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

Blaxicans and the Future of Identity in the United States - Walter Thompson-Hernandez
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Walter Thompson-Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based multimedia journalist and is currently a doctoral student in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His academic research focuses on multiracial identity in Latina/o communities in the United States and throughout the Americas. His writing, photos, documentaries, and research have been featured by NPR, CNN, BBC, Fusion, Los Angeles Times, Remezcla, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.

Engineers' Week Keynote
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018

The Dead Zone: Will Shrimp and Corn Chowder Survive? - Nancy N. Rabalais 
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Nancy Rabalais has worked for more than 30 years to bring national attention to water quality and ecosystem concerns in the Gulf of Mexico. She leads Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium/Louisiana State University's annual survey of the Gulf hypoxic zone, tracking the impact that nutrient runoff from agriculture and developed lands in the Mississippi River watershed has had on coastal habitats. Also referred to as the “dead zone,” the hypoxic zone is a largely human-caused phenomenon where there's too little oxygen to support marine life. Rabalais’s work on coastal water quality has extended to recovery efforts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and restoration of coastal habitats following natural disasters, including hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. The Ronald Lecture in Environmental Conservation

Wednesday, 28 Mar 2018

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Thursday, 29 Mar 2018

Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - National Affairs speaker to be announced.

Thursday, 5 Apr 2018

Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose collection of essays Bad Feminist is considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. In her most recent book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Gay reflects on her struggles with weight, trauma, and self-image. Her other books include the novel An Untamed State and a collection of short stories, Difficult Women. She recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, with the comic series World of Wakanda. Part of the National Affairs Series and Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series

Monday, 9 Apr 2018

Ritual Time: Escaping the Cult of Busy - Kimberly Belcher
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kimberly Belcher, assistant professor of liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss ritual practice as a way of creating contemplative and healing time that buffers us from a culture that demands we overproduce. Ritual time - not just down time but scheduled time to rest, rethink, and even get bored - has taken on an unexpected importance in the contemporary world. Anxieties about employment and success can lead us into a spiral of productivity, stealing our joy in the pursuit of a well-rounded resume. Learn how ancient spiritual practices like annual festivals, fasting, daily routines, and contemplation can nourish a sense that there is "just enough" time to live. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series

Thursday, 19 Apr 2018

Where Is U.S. Foreign Policy Headed? - Stephen Walt
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Stephen Walt is Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a former academic dean. He also taught at Princeton and the University of Chicago and has been a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Walt is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and co-chair of the editorial board of International Security. His books include The Origins of Alliances; Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy; and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. He is currently writing a book about why U.S. foreign policy keeps failing. Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Saturday, 30 Jun 2018

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
All Day – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.