Upcoming Speakers


Andrew Young
Andrew Young 2014 MLK Celebration Speaker
January 22, 2014
7:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Center,
Vice President of Student Affairs &
Enrollment Management

Arrive early – limited seating.
Doors to the PAC will close
at 6:45 PM.

This annual event is an opportunity for the campus and local community to gather and celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King,  Jr.  Andrew Young has led a lifetime of public service and worked tirelessly to improve human and civil rights around the world. He has served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Congressman and Atlanta Mayor. He is a best-selling author and an Emmy-nominated television show producer of “Andrew Young Presents” through the Andrew Young Foundation which works to end racism, war and poverty.

Heather Maggs
Heather Maggs Fight Back on Spring Break
March 4, 2014
7:00 PM
Russell Union Ballroom
Sponsored by: Health Services Office of Health Education and PromotionDress is comfortable clothing and shoes.

This program offers proactive safety tips for: party situations, safe sex, binge drinking, predatory drugs, air/car/hotel safety, and ways to avoid crime targeted at tourists. Heather Maggs will also demonstrate her favorite self-defense techniques that could be used to escape a violent confrontation. Using her signature style of combining humor with straight talk, students will be urged to have a blast on spring break…but to make safe choices in the process.

Travis A. Williams
Travis Williams Locked Up and Locked Out:
Mass Incarceration
and Disenfranchisement in America
March 25, 2014
7:00 PM
Russell Union Ballroom
Sponsored by: Sociological Society, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,  Multicultural Student Center, Justice Studies Club, NAACP,
Association of Latin American Students, Campus Life Enrichment Committee

The new documentary Gideon’s Army follows a group of young public defenders in the Deep South who contend with low pay, long hours, and staggering caseloads to represent the poor. The film’s title comes from the landmark 1963 Supreme Court ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright that established the right to counsel to defendants in criminal cases who are unable to afford their own attorneys.  Subject of Gideon’s Army, Travis A. Williams, dives deep into the discussion of the deficiencies of the US criminal justice system, including mass incarceration, and what it takes to maintain the passion and commitment to be a public defender.

Dr. Maura Cullen
Maura Cullen (2) Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say:
10 Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence
March 27, 2014
6:00 PM
Russell Union Ballroom
Sponsored by: University Housing, Multicultural Student Center,
Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, University Wellness Program, Student Activities, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Leadership & Civic Engagement

Dr. Cullen will do a book signing and have copies of her book
for sale after the program.

Many of our conversations around diversity have us walking on eggshells.  This program offers practical ways to quickly transform the quality and effectiveness of our interactions.  Participants will learn ten very common statements that are often well intended but may be offensive.  Knowing the actual statements is helpful, however, the real learning comes by implementing the ten core concepts that ultimately increases diversity skills and competency for you and those you work with.

Dr. Michael Moloney
Michael Moloney Irish and African Roots of American Music
April 1, 2014
7:00 PM
Nessmith-Lane Auditorium
Sponsored by:Multicultural Student Center,
Center for Irish Research and Teaching,
Campus Life Enrichment Committee

In this compelling, illustrated talk, the world–‐renowned musician and musicologist, Dr. Mick Moloney, reveals how African and Irish musical traditions blended together in the Blue Ridge region of Appalachia to power forward the development of a distinctive American musical tradition.  Moloney, the Global Distinguished Professor of Music at New York University, is renowned for the engaging quality of his lectures, which are enlivened by performance snippets.

Dr. Moloney will also be featured on April 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM inside the Foy Building’s Carroll Recital Hall with his talk, “The American Popular Song: If It Weren’t for the Irish and the Jews.”   It is free and open to the public as well.

Dr. Steven Chu
Steven Chu Renewing Our Independence
Through Renewable Energy:
Challenges and Opportunities
April 15, 2014
7:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
Sponsored by:College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Physics, Center for Sustainability, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University Wellness Program 

Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, will be the keynote speaker for No Impact Week. A distinguished physicist, innovative professor and the first science laureate to serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu will offer insight on our energy future—and how advances in science are the key to solving our most confounding global issues.

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