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Intensive University Seminars

Intensive University Seminars

The Intensive University Seminars are weekly lectures provided to the Provost Scholars. The seminars include tutoring in math, reading, writing and SAT test prep; a lecturer or speaker with expertise in law, business, medicine, biology, college preparation and college admissions; and, semi-semesterly field trips to a variety of educational sites.

Speakers have included the Provost Scholars mentors, faculty and staff from Case Western Reserve University, and professionals from throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Please find a sample of our speakers from the 2013-2014 academic year:

Elise EllickMs. Elise Ellick is a teen counselor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the MetroHealth Medical Center and the director of the Adolescent Consortium of Northeast Ohio, located at MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University. Since 1987, Ms. Ellick has served as a teen counselor and training associate and consultant for a number of organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. Ms. Ellick holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Theory and Methodology from the Cleveland State University.
Kenneth LedfordDr. Kenneth Ledford is a social historian of modern Germany, specializing in German history from 1789 to the present. In addition to serving as a history and law professor, he is the co-director of the Max Kade Center for German Studies (2009 – Present) and editor of the Central European History magazine. Dr. Ledford completed his bachelor’s and law degree at the University of North Carolina and graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1989 with a master’s and doctorate in History.
Al RodriguezAl Rodriguez is in his third year at CWRU and is a bassist and backup vocalist for The Midnight Slander, a three-member band that was formed by lead singer and vocalist, Mike Gray. The Midnight Slander will release their forthcoming album, “The Long Way Home”, through Spectra Records. In addition to playing and composing music, Mr. Rodriguez also enjoys spending time with his fraternity brothers and studying music education. He plans to complete his bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2015.
Rhonda WilliamsDr. Rhonda Williams has an extensive academic history at Case Western Reserve University and has published several books, including Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom’s Bittersweet Song and The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles Against Urban Inequality. She is also the director of the Social Justice Institute and founder and director of the postdoctoral fellowship in African American studies at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Williams received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.