Fall 2018

Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m.

September 26, 2018

A Masterclass with Carmen Balthrup
Location: FAIC Concert Hall

Soprano Carmen Balthrop, first-place winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Competition and a Metropolitan Opera alumna, will share her experience as an international opera singer and highly sought-after voice pedagogue through the presentation of a voice masterclass. Five Eastern students will be selected for participation in the class, during which Balthrop will address issues of vocal technique and presentation.

October 3, 2018

“On the Shores of Welcome Home”: Veteran Bruce Weigl Reads His Poetry
Location: Student Center Theatre

Bruce Weigl will read from his latest book of poetry, “On the Shores of the Welcome Home.” Weigl’s previous collection, “The Abundance of Nothing,” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Much of Weigl’s work is inspired by his Vietnam War experiences. “The paradox of my life as a writer,” he has said, “is that the war ruined my life and in return gave me my voice.” His other books include “Archaeology of the Circle,”Song of Napalm,”Sweet Lorain” and a memoir, “The Circle of Hanh,” which tells of his childhood, his year in Vietnam that led to his passion for that country’s poetry and culture, and of a meeting in 1996 with his daughter-to-be at an orphanage outside Hanoi.


October 17, 2018

Applying an Augmented Reality System for Engaging Students with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Location: Student Center Theatre

Augmented Reality (AR) is a view of a real-world environment whose elements are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptions. It was invented in the 1990s but only recently has found applications in business and education. With an Augmented Reality System, a student can become an active learner, interacting with the learning environment. Professor James Lawler of Pace University will share a recent project that uses augmented reality to improve the performance of students with developmental and learning disabilities, including several videos he produced to document the process.


October 24, 2018

Energy Generation and Democracy in Puerto Rico
Location: Student Center Theatre

The human suffering caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has been immense. The catastrophe exposed the lack of maintenance to the electric grid and the lack of environmental planning. The main stations supplying energy for PREPA (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority) cause disproportionate environmental harm to nearby communities. Residents are concerned that electric companies will not support necessary changes such as energy demand management programs, promotion of ratepayer energy efficiency, and renewable energy generation and storage. This presentation will advocate for a transformation of Puerto Rico’s grid, with rooftop solar communities that pool available resources to operate as microgrids.


October 31, 2018

A Native Perspective: Sustaining Our Land, Recovering the Sacred
Location: Student Center Theatre
Sponsor:  Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Division of Student Affairs

Winona LaDuke of the Anishinaabe Tribe is an internationally renowned environmentalist, Native rights advocate, author and former U.S. vice-presidential candidate for the Green Party. LaDuke works on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice, and is founder and co-director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group that encourages public support and funding for native environmental groups. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke advocates restoring systems that have long been considered sacred.


November 7, 2018

A Talk with First Nation Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba
Location: Student Center Theatre
Sponsor:  Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Division of Student Affairs

Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe in 2010 and is the first female chief in the tribe’s modern history. Prior to becoming chief, she served as chairwoman of the Tribal Council, and served in tribal government as executive director of health and human services. Prior to her work for the Mohegan Tribe, she was the director of cardiology and pulmonary services at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. Malerba earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Yale University, and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut.


November 14, 2018

The Josiah Henson Project
Location: Student Center Theatre

Josiah Henson was a dynamic, focused man with exceptional intelligence and unyielding principles.  Immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her 1852 novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Henson catapulted to international fame, and then his story was lost to history. Until now.

Henson overcame incredible odds to escape with his wife and children after 42 years of slavery. He rescued 118 more slaves, including his own brother, and purchased land to build what would become one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, a 500-person freeman settlement named Dawn. Jared Brock will share Hendon’s story, drawing from more than 1,000 source documents and dozens of expert interviews to retrace Henson’s path from slavery to freedom.


November 28, 2018

Hunting, Ethics and Sports
Location: Student Center Theatre

Professor S.P. Morris is a nationally recognized expert on the ethics of hunting and interspecies sport. Having written articles and chapters in top ethics and sport ethics journals, Morris is a clinical faculty member and graduate coordinator of the graduate program in sport management at Miami University of Ohio. A former hunter turned avowed vegan scholar, Morris will present his latest research and leave audience members something to think about in regard to human and animal sport. The topic is timely during hunting season and of interest to students in fields that deal with animal- or interspecies-related research.


Campus Map & Directions
The Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room is on the second floor of the J. Eugene Smith Library
The Theatre and Betty R. Tipton Room are on the upper level of the Student Center
The Science Building Auditorium is in Room 104 of the Science Building