Lindenwood University’s 2015-16 Speaker Series will feature six thought-provoking discussions by noted experts on viral disease, race, botany, feminism, Mideast politics, and zoology, the last of which, Jeff Corwin, will include some exotic animals as well.
“The 2015-2016 Lindenwood Speaker Series will bring together another wide range of dynamic speakers covering issues such as science, literature, international relations, and politics.” said Paul Huffman, coordinator of the series.
All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
Dr. Nathan Wolfe - Before It Strikes: Viral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention - Sept. 15, 2015, 7 p.m., J. Scheidegger Center, Lindenwood Theater
Wolfe, a virologist and director of Global Viral, will talk about his work, traveling the world to track, study, and eradicate the next pandemic before it strikes. The renowned author of the book The Viral Storm, Wolfe was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011.
Star Parker - Politics, Policy, and Racial Polarization: How to Reverse the Trends of the Welfare State - Sept. 22, 2015, 7 p.m., J. Scheidegger Center, Lindenwood Theater
Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a public policy think tank that promotes market-based solutions to fight poverty. Herself a former welfare recipient, she has served as a consultant on federal welfare reform and regularly consults with federal and state legislators on market-based strategies to fight poverty.
Amy Stewart - Promoting her new book, Girl Waits with Gun - Oct. 6, 2015, 7 p.m., Spellmann Center, Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room
Stewart is author of six nonfiction books, including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Wicked Bugs. Her latest, Girl Waits with Gun, is a novel based on a true story. She has appeared on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air and numerous national television programs and has been profiled in the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
Courtney Martin - Feminism, Masculinity, and Youth Culture - Feb. 16, 2016, 7 p.m., Spellmann Center, Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room
Martin, a native of Colorado, is renowned as a writer and speaker on gender issues and has been lauded as a cultural critic and for her writing. A TED speaker, she is the author of multiple books, is a regular columnist, and has co-founded a number of outlets devoted to gender issues.
Mosab Yousef - Son of Hamas-The Green Prince - March 15, 2016, 7 p.m., J. Scheidegger Center, Lindenwood Theater
Yousef is a Palestinian who worked undercover for Israel’s security service, Shin Bet, from 1997 to 2007, supplying information that prevented dozens of suicide attacks and assassinations of Israelis, exposed numerous Hamas cells, an assisted Israel in hunting down many militants, including his own father, a Hamas leader. He currently lives in the United States.
Jeff Corwin (with animals) - The Jeff Corwin Experience - April 12, 2016, 7 p.m., J. Scheidegger Center, Lindenwood Theater
This year’s Student Choice Speaker, Jeff Corwin is a renowned wildlife conservationist and environmental speaker. Corwin is best known for his Emmy Award-winning shows on Animal Planet and the Discovery Networks and as the host of the ABC series Ocean Mysteries. With CNN’s Planet in Peril series and as a special correspondent on science and the environment for NBC News’ coverage of the Gulf oil spill, he has become known as one of the world’s leading environmental journalists.