University of Southern Indiana

Knowledge for Life Speaker Series

2020-2021 Speakers TBD

Past Speakers:

Fredi Lajvardi – “Improbable to Unstoppable” February 2020  
Nationally Recognized STEM Educator & Subject of the Critically Acclaimed Documentary, Underwater Dreams, the Major Motion Picture, Spare Parts and the IMAX film Dream Big

Beverly Gooden – “Why I Stayed: The Complexity of Domestic Violence” September 2019
Beverly Gooden breaks down the myths and misunderstandings around domestic violence to illuminate the complex reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships and what you can do to help

Frank Warren - “PostSecret and Mental Health: Sharing Secrets, Reducing Stigma, Building Community”

 February 2019 
Frank Warren demonstrates the power of sharing your hopes, dreams, fears and failures and how PostSecret became the catalyst for his passionate commitment to mental health advocacy.

Kelsey Timmerman - "Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy"
September 12, 2018
America now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. Kelsey shows how our eating habits impact the lives of the people who produce our food, touching on topics such as workers' rights, global food insecurity, fair trade, slavery, and immigration. Kelsey does not argue for or against the globalization of food, but personalizes it by observing the hope and opportunity, and sometimes the lack thereof, which the global food economy gives to the world's poorest producers.

Jamelle Bouie - "The Civil Rights Movement Today: A Second Redemption?"
September 27, 2017
Jamelle Bouie is the chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine. Recognized for his reporting from the front lines of the Ferguson protests following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014, Bouie’s writing on the unrest and racial issues earned him a spot on Forbes’ 2015 "30 Under 30 Media list”. Bouie is a frequent media commentator and regularly contributes to CBS News’ “Face The Nation.”

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