2014-15 Chautauqua Series to Explore "Strategizing"

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Fifteen lectures by prominent thinkers, educators and activists and a nationwide juried art exhibition will explore the theme of “Strategizing” during Eastern Kentucky University’s year-long Chautauqua Series.

The University’s 15th annual series “will approach the theme from a variety of disciplinary and professional perspectives and tackle a wide range of provocative and fundamental issues,” said Chautauqua Lecture Coordinator Dr. Minh Nguyen. “The theme is particularly relevant because our institution is currently in the process of creating a visionary five-year strategic plan to help guide Eastern’s course to 2020, with particular focus on academic and institutional excellence, student success, and service to our community and region. Our series aims to make a contribution to this effort. Ultimately, we want our audience to have a great time and learn something.”

In fact, EKU President Michael Benson kicks off the 2014-15 lineup on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with a presentation entitled “Why Plans Are Important Even if You Are Punched in the Mouth.” Benson is the author of “Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel.”

“Chautauqua lecturers are experts eminently qualified to shed light on the theme and possessed of superb public speaking skills,” Nguyen said. “They are not only brilliant communicators of difficult concepts but also marvelous storytellers. In terms of the quality of speakers, disciplinary and professional balance, thematic coherence, and timeliness, ‘Strategizing’ is one of the best series that we’ve put together.”

Other speakers include William Powers, award-winning media commentator and author of the New York Times bestseller “Hamlet’s BlackBerry;” Kenneth Lee Adelman, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; and Geri Jewell, award-winning actress, comedian and author.

“One of our central aims is to further dialogue not only between the speakers and ourselves, and among ourselves, especially after their visits, but also among the speakers themselves,” Nguyen said. “We may conceive, for instance, the presentations about positive emotions and the optimism bias as challenging each other, the presentations about the evolution of goodness and good life in the digital age as complementary, and the presentations about President Reagan and General Sun Tzu on strategy and tactics as expanding on each other.”

All the lectures are free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building unless otherwise indicated. The complete 2014-15 Chautauqua schedule follows:

·         Michael Benson, president of Eastern Kentucky University and author of “Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel,” “Why Plans Are Important Even if You Are Punched in the Mouth,” Tuesday, Aug. 26.

 

·         Lee Alan Dugatkin, behavioral ecologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science, “The Evolution of Goodness,” Thursday, Sept. 4.

 

·         Luis H. Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, “From Cases to Causes: One Hispanic’s Determination to Transform Social Policy and Practice,” Thursday, Sept. 18, also serves as keynote address for Constitution Day and for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

·         John Corvino, chair of the Department of Philosophy at Wayne State University and author of “What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?” “Persuade or Shun?: Strategy in the Gay Rights Debate,” Thursday, Sept. 25.

 

·         Tari Hartman Squire, strategic marketing consultant and founding CEO of EIN SOF Communications Inc., “Strategic Marketing: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond,” Thursday, Oct. 9, also serves as keynote address for National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

 

·         William Powers, award-winning media commentator and author of the “New York Times bestseller “Hamlet’s BlackBerry,” “Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age,” Thursday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., Brock Auditorium, Coates Building, also serves as keynote address for EKU Reads Project.

 

·         Kenneth Lee Adelman, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, “Reagan at Reykjavik: A Case Study in Strategizing,” Thursday, Oct. 23, also serves as annual Distinguished Lecture in International Studies and Eastern Kentucky University’s 12th Presidential Inauguration Event.

 

·         Audra Simpson, associate professor of anthropology at Columbia University and author of “Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life across the Borders of Settler States,” “Mohawk Interruptus: Strategizing Indigenous Life against Settlement in the Late 20th Century,” Thursday, Nov. 20, also serves as keynote address for National Native American Heritage Month.

 

·         Chautauqua Art Exhibition, annual nationwide art showcase, a juried exhibition on the “Strategizing” theme, Monday, Jan. 26-Friday, Feb. 20, reception on Thursday, Jan. 29, Giles Gallery, Campbell Building.

 

·         Tali Sharot, cognitive neuroscientist and author of “The Optimism Bias," “The Optimism Bias,” Thursday, Feb. 12.

 

·         Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa and author of “According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family,” “Rethinking Race and Racism in the 21st Century,” Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:30 pm, Ferrell Auditorium, Combs Building, also serves as keynote address for National African American History Month.

 

·         Geri Jewell, award-winning actress, comedian and author, “I’m Walking as Straight as I Can,” Thursday, March 12, also serves as keynote address for Women’s History Month.

 

·         Peter Kraska, professor and chair of Graduate Studies and Research in Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies, “Strategizing Violence: The Bane of American Militarism,” Wednesday, March 25.

 

·         Ralph D. Sawyer, president of Sawyer Strategic Consultants and leading expert on Chinese warfare, “Smashing Eggs with Boulders: Strategy and Tactics in Sun Tzu’s Art of War,” Thursday, April 9.

 

·         Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University and author of “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters,” “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters,” Thursday, April 23.

 

·         Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of “Positivity" and "Love 2.0,” “On Positivity,” Thursday, May 7, also serves as annual Bruce MacLaren Distinguished Lecture.

Nguyen credited the presidentially-appointed Chautauqua Lecture Series Committee for formulating the theme, and members of the campus community for recommending many of the presenters.

For more information, contact Nguyen at minh.nguyen@eku.edu.

Published on August 04, 2014