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          Edinboro University announces Fall 2017 Al Stone Lecture Series

          Lectures presented by active, retired faculty and field experts

          September 05, 2017

          Edinboro University announces Fall 2017 Al Stone Lecture Series

          Literary criticisms and online communities. Restoring the water quality of Edinboro Lake. Non-violent journeys from fear to love.

          During the fall session of the 2017 Al Stone Lecture Series, Edinboro University’s active and retired faculty and individuals with special expertise will discuss these topics and more in the six-part series that begins Sept. 7 in the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. The fall series will be featured each Thursday in September and October beginning at 9:30 a.m.

          “We feature speakers whose presentations are academic, yet approachable,” said Dr. Robert Rhodes, a retired EU faculty member and organizer of the lecture series. “These lectures are intended to be dialogues instead of just long talks.”

          Dr. Jean Jones, who recently retired from EU’s Department of Communications and Media, kicks off of the thought-provoking lecture series on Sept. 7 with “Rigoberta Menchu and the Politics of Guatemala.” Her presentation will feature the background of the 1992 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and political activist.

          Fall 2017 Al Stone Lecture Series full schedule:

          • 7 – “Rigoberta Menchu and the Politics of Guatemala” – Presenter: Jean Jones, Ph.D., a retired Edinboro University professor, served as the director of the Edinboro University Honors Program.
          • 14 – “A Polarized Nation at Risk and What We Can Do About It” – Presenter: Robert Rhodes, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of political science.
          • 5 – “Edinboro Lake and Efforts to Restore Water Quality” – Presenter: Brian Zimmerman, Ph.D., chairperson of the EU Geosciences Department and president of the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association.
          • 12 – “In the Womb, But Out in the World: Talking ‘Fetuses’ in American Pop Culture” – Presenter: Jim Fisher, Ph.D., teaches constitutional law in the History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department.
          • 19 – “Wikipedia Fans” – Presenter: Elisabeth Joyce, Ph.D., conducts research in literary criticisms and online communities. She is the author of two books on literary criticism.
          • 26 – “The Nonviolent Journey” – Presenter: Sr. Anne McCarthy (OSB) hold a master’s degree in theology from St. John’s University in monastic studies. For the last 10 years, she has led retreats in many communities on themes of nonviolence and the journey from fear to love.

          “The Al Stone Lecture Series is an important way to engage the community and to extend continuing education beyond the classroom,” said Beth Zewe, director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Edinboro University. “We are pleased to host this series and are proud of our retired and very active faculty – along with individuals with special expertise – who share their knowledge with us.”

          The lecture environment is friendly, encourages dialogue and is free and open to the public. Parking is available for lecture attendees in the Reeder Hall parking lot behind the Diebold Center from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Additional parking will be available on surrounding streets.

          The lecture series was named after the late Dr. Al Stone, a professor of Psychology and Gerontology, who established the intergenerational center at EU more than 30 years ago. Dr. Stone promoted the lecture series by asking retired colleagues to present a talk that could represent their “last great lecture.”

          Both the lecture series and intergenerational center, which is located in the lower level of Diebold, were renamed in his honor just months before he died.

          “This is a complete community effort – from the volunteer lecturers to those who bring cookies and coffee,” Rhodes said. “It involves people from all over Erie and Crawford counties and all the way to Toledo, Ohio.”

          For more information about the Al Stone Lecture Series and academic offerings from the entire Edinboro University community, visit www.edinboro.edu.