Friday, January 06, 2012

New Year's Resolutions: Learn Something New?

New Year's Resolutions: Learn Something New?

Want to expand your horizons? Maybe meet other people with a global perspective? Lehigh University's upcoming lecture series may be a way for you to accomplish both goals.

Source: Lehigh University:

2011-2012 Town Hall Lecture Series

The ongoing series discusses topics that are timely and relevant to the local community. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem City Hall, 10 East Church Street.

Now in its second year, the Town Hall Lecture Series, presented by The City of Bethlehem and Lehigh University's South Side Initiative, seeks to foster an exchange of knowledge between the university and city residents, touching on matters of current interest and of local, national, and global importance.
“We have an exciting line-up of lectures this year,” says Seth Moglen, co-director of Lehigh’s South Side Initiative. “Lehigh faculty members, who are nationally recognized experts in their fields, will talk about issues of wide interest to the people of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley. These are issues that matter, issues that people in our city care about. The lecture series provides an opportunity for university faculty to share their expertise and for open, wide-ranging conversation after the presentations.”

Upcoming lectures include:
Feb. 8, 2012: Breena Holland, associate professor of political science, will draw on her research in order to offer a compelling vision of environmental justice, which will also enable us to think practically about how to address some of the city's most pressing challenges, including hunger and lack of access to affordable fresh food, and related public health issues like obesity, diabetes and asthma in her lecture, “Environmental Justice, Food Security, and Public Health: A Future for Bethlehem.”

April 11, 2012: John Pettegrew, associate professor of history, will speak on, “The Empathy Project: Understanding the Experience of U.S. Combat Veterans of the Iraq and Aghanistan Wars,” which will draw from Pettegrew’s interviews with combat veterans in the Lehigh Valley in order to try to close the huge gap of understanding between American civilians and the hundreds of thousands of men and women who fought in the post-Sept. 11 wars.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for showing us the article, Megan. I would not have seen it otherwise. Jaccii Farris is the perfect lecturer to kick off the series. I was with her in Haiti on one of her trips. Her presentation will be fascinating and informative.