Virtual Speaker Series

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in partnership with the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Portage Lake District Library

This program is funded in part by the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series and the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Arts activist & spoken word artist

with discussant Mary Jennings, Director of Programming, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts


"The Arc of Systemic Solidarity"

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 PM Eastern Time


Lawrence Gostin

Lawrence Gostin

Global health & human rights law

with discussant Caryn Heldt, Director Health Research Institute


"The Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020: Lessons Learned and Future Directions"

Thursday, March 25, 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Traditional knowledge & restoration ecology

with discussant Valoree Gagnon, Director University-Indigenous Community Partnerships

"Justice for the Land"

Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 PM Eastern Time

August Ball

August Ball

Community & conservation activist

with discussant Amy Marcarelli, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences


"Racial Equity & Environmentalism"

Thursday, April 1, 7:00 PM 


Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Atmospheric & climate scientist

with discussant Sarah Green, Interim Department Chair, Chemistry


"Connecting Local Climate Impacts to Global Policy Targets"

Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 PM



Ulf Johansson

Ulf Johansson

Global wood supply & forestry manager, IKEA

with discussant Mark Rudnicki, Professor of Practice in Forest Biomaterials


"Responsible Sourcing of Wood—the IKEA Way"

Thursday, April 8, 7:00 PM Eastern Time


Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin

Race, equity, technology

with discussant Alexandra Morrison, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Humanities


"Race to the Future: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society"

Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 PM 

DeRay McKesson

DeRay McKesson

Civil rights activist

with discussant Wayne Gersie, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion


"A Conversation with DeRay McKesson"

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 PM