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2017-2018 Season

2017-2018 Season

Deborah Bial

Deborah Bial, President and Founder of The Posse Foundation 

in conversation with Dr. Shirley Collado, President of Ithaca College and a former Posse Scholar

Topic: Diversity and Higher Education: Its Complicated Context

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM 

Education strategist Deborah Bial is president and founder of The Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. Using non-traditional selection criteria, Bial and her team select promising students to join a “posse,” a small group that will participate in a pre-collegiate training program and then enter as freshmen together at a specific Posse partnership college or university. This fall, Case Western Reserve University welcomed its first class of ten Posse Scholars. 

Joining Bial in conversation is Ithaca College President Shirley Collado, the first Posse alumna to become a university president. Collado is known nationally for designing and implementing innovative approaches to higher education that expand student access and success in college. 

Case Western Reserve Trustee Scott Cowen, president emeritus at Tulane University, will moderate the discussion.

Reserve free tickets for this lecture online, or contact the Maltz Performing Arts Center box office at 216.368.6062. 

For more information about Deborah Bial and The Posse Foundation, click here to view a resource guide prepared by Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library. 


Jill Lepore

Historian and New Yorker Writer

Topic: Life As Argument 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Presented as the 2018 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture

Professor of American History at Harvard University, Lepore is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of several prize-winning books, including The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014).

Reserve free tickets for this lecture online, or contact the Maltz Performing Arts Center box office at 216.368.6062. 


Marlon James

Prize-Winning Author, Public Commentator

Topic: What Fiction Can Teach Us That History Does Not

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM

The first Jamaican author to take home a Man Booker Prize (2015) for A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James is a remarkable storyteller and a professor at Macalester College.

Reserve free tickets for this lecture online, or contact the Maltz Performing Arts Center box office at 216.368.6062. 


Robert Sapolsky

Neurologist, Biologist, Acclaimed Author

Topic: Biology of Good and Evil

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Robert Sapolsky is a professor at Stanford University and author of A Primate’s Memoir (2002), and Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (2017).

For more information about Robert Sapolsky, click here to view a resource guide prepared by Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library. 

‌‌Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at night

Tickets for the Think Forum lecture series are free. Seating is general admission. Reservations may be made online or by calling the Maltz Performing Arts Center box office at 216.368.6062.