2017-18 Season

Robert Sapolsky

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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, view a resource guide on Sapolsky prepared by Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library. 


Deborah Bial

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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. In 2017 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.

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


Jill Lepore

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Historian and New Yorker Writer
Topic: American History from Beginning to End
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Presented as the 2018 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture

Can a divided nation have a shared past? Jill Lepore will talk about the challenge of writing the history of the United States in a time of division. 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). 

For more information, view a resource guide about Lepore prepared by Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library. 


Marlon James

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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.

For more information, view a resource guide on James prepared by Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library.