Call to Action: President Jimmy Carter 22 Sept. 2014 | 5 p.m. | Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will kick-off the 2014-15 Diversity Lecture Series. Mr. and Mrs. Carter will discuss human rights, racial diversity and social justice.
November 12, 2014 -- Elaine Richardson, Ph.D.
Elaine Richardson, Ph.D., Author, Professor, Recording ArtistPHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life
Dr. Richardson’s one-woman show, PHD to Ph.D., features expressive performance, storytelling and music. Addicted to drugs, abusive controlling pimps, the streets, with short stints in jail, the cycle of death appeared to be her life with prison the inevitable end. Instead, she returned to school and never stopped. She became empowered with knowledge of her culture and history and changed her life. A Professor at The Ohio State University, her motto is: “Ignorance, low self-esteem and shame are killers. When you know who you are, nobody can control you.”
February 11, 2015 -- Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Author, Clinical Psychologist
Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Author, Clinical PsychologistThe Green Boat: Sustaining Our Planet and Each Other
Dr. Pipher is concerned with how American culture influences the mental health of its people. In The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture, she considers how easily we are disconnected from our emotions, our bodies, each other and the truth, as we are engulfed in devastating information about the fate of Mother Earth. Author of nine books, Dr. Pipher suggests we must reconnect our inner and outer lives to respond to this trauma with an awareness that leads to resilient coping and for many a transcendent response.
March 25, 2015 -- Matt Taibbi -Author, Journalist
Matt Taibbi -Author, JournalistThe Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Matt Taibbi asked why does poverty rise, as crime goes down and the prison population doubles. He discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where troubling trends - wealth inequality and mass incarceration- meet. He contends that our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or by our poverty. Are the wealthy untouchable? The poor criminalized? A New York Times bestseller, Divide paints an alarming portrait of contemporary American life and provides a way forward against this crisis. He writes for Rolling Stone and recently launched a new digital magazine by First Look Media.