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StephensUnited Nations Lecture Series

Dr. Patience Stephens, formerly of UN Women

  • Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Arnaud C. Marts Center, Room 214

Dr. Patience Stephens, formerly the Director/Special Advisor on Education at UN Women, an organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. Dr. Stephens will discuss women’s empowerment and how the UN approaches it from an educational and humanitarian perspective.

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Geraldine Richmond

The Catherine H. Bone Lecture in Chemistry

Geraldine Richmond

Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Stark Learning Center, Room 101
  • Topic: "Mulling Over Emulsions: Molecular Assembly at Complex Liquid Surfaces"

Since the Romans first spread oil on water to calm the raging seas, curiosity has persisted about the unique nature of the interface between water and a hydrophobic liquid including how soaps, surfactants and dispersants adsorb at this unique fluid junction. This presentation will focus on our most recent efforts in understanding the molecular properties of the oil-water interface and the unique love-hate environment it provides for adsorption of soaps, polymers and macromolecules at both planar and nanoemulsion oil/water interfaces.

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Louv“The Nature Principle: Nature-Deficit Disorder, Vitamin N, and the New Nature Movement”

Richard Louv

Richard Louv is a bestselling author of nine books, journalist and advocate for the connections between family, nature and community.

  • Date: Wednesday October 17, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center

Sponsors: Geisinger, The North Branch Land Trust, Riverfront Parks Committee, and Wilkes University

What happens when we separate children from the natural world? Nature-deficit disorder, according to bestselling author, journalist and nature advocate Richard Louv. Louv created the term to describe possible negative consequences to individual health and the social fabric as children move indoors and away from physical contact with the natural world. Louv cites research pointing to attention disorders, obesity, a dampening of creativity and depression as problems associated with a nature-deficient childhood. He amassed information on the subject from practitioners of many disciplines to make his case, and is commonly credited with helping to inspire an international movement to reintroduce children to nature. Join us for what will be a fascinating discussion about these issues and what we can do to bring nature back to our families and communities.

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and most recently Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness. His books have been translated into 13 languages and published in 17 countries, and helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature.

He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the international movement to connect people and communities to the natural world. With artist Robert Bateman, he serves as honorary co-chair of Canada’s Child in Nature Alliance.

As a journalist and commentator, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Times of London, Orion, Outside and other newspapers and magazines. He was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Parents magazine.

He appears frequently on national radio and television programs, including the Today Show, CBS Evening News, and NPR’s Fresh Air, and often addresses national and international gatherings. In 2010, he delivered the plenary keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2012 was keynote speaker at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education.

He has served as a visiting scholar for Clemson University and Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal, Ecopsychology; serves on the board of directors of ecoAmerica, is a member of the Citistates Group, and is a founding partner, with C&NN, ecoAmerica and the Nature Conservancy of Nature Rocks.

In 2008, he received the Audubon Medal; past recipients include Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv received the 2008 San Diego Zoological Society Conservation Medal, the 2008 George B. Rabb Conservation Medal from the Chicago Zoological Society, the 2009 International Making Cities Livable Jane Jacobs Award, the 2007 Cox Award, Clemson University’s highest honor for “sustained achievement in public service.”

Ambassador Piotr Wilczek“An Overview of Polish – American Relations” 

His Excellency Piotr Wilczek

Ambassador of Poland to the United States

Date: Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Henry Student Center

Ambassador Wilczek is prolific literary scholar, intellectual historian, writer and translator. He graduated in 1986 from the University of Silesia in Katowice, where he also received his Ph.D. and Habilitation. Recruited by his alma mater, he remained there until 2008 as a professor and faculty dean. His interests include comparative literature, philology, and intellectual history that form the culture and geography of knowledge across time. In 2006, he received the title of Professor of the Humanities from the President of the Republic of Poland.

This free, public lecture is presented in cooperation with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17).

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logoThe Contemporary History Project of the Division of Global Cultures

Dr. Yanqiu Zheng

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Government, Misericordia University

Title: “Beyond the Trade War: Historical Reflections on U.S.-China Relations”
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Henry Student Center Miller Room

As the talk of "trade war" between China and the United States permeates the policy circle and mass media, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine an alternative to the relationship between the two largest economies other than the seemingly inevitable collision. 

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Niall Mccann

United Nations Lecture Series

Mr. Niall McCann

Lead Electoral Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme

Title: The United Nations and Electoral Integrity
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Marts Center, Room 214

Niall McCann is the Lead Electoral Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme, based at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York, N.Y. Mr. McCann will discuss electoral integrity from his experience at the UN’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

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Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Jake Wood


Co-founder/CEO of Team Rubicon, author of Take Command, a book on leadership and molding military service for good

  • Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018,
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Kirby Center for Creative Arts, Wyoming Seminary,
    • 264 North Sprague Avenue, Kingston, Pa.
  • Topic: The One and the Nine: Building Teams and Organizations that Win

Jake Wood is the co-founder/CEO of Team Rubicon, author of Take Command, a book on leadership and molding military service for good, and recipient of the 2018 Pat Tillman Award for Service, and he will speak on leadership principles and his experiences with Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones in the U.S. and around the world. Team Rubicon has grown to 50,000 volunteers and has deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes in the last decade.

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Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers

Founder of McSweeney’s and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What

  • Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle, A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine (The Believer). McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of seven tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.

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