In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, Margaret Thatcher was re-elected by a landslide, the final episode of M*A*S*H aired to a record audience, Bjorn Borg retired from tennis, McDonald’s introduced the “McNugget” and the Fairhaven Lecture Series as we know it was born. How we have changed in the 30 years since the first Fairhaven lectures were delivered. This semester’s theme, “Turning Points,” provides an opportunity to reflect on the people and events that have shaped our lives since 1983. Please join us for this special celebration of the distinguished tradition UW-Whitewater’s Fairhaven Lecture Series has come to represent.

All lectures are free to the public and are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 West Starin Road, Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building.

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential. UWWhitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or for further information.

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Critical Events and (some) Critical People at UW-Whitewater, 1983-2013



Nanotechnology’s HUGE Impact on Our Lives Over the Last 30 Years

ERIC BROWN, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences


Three Decades of Theater Trends: From Absurdism and Experimental Theater to Multicultural Drama and Performance Art

MICHAEL BENNETT, Assistant Professor of Languages and Literatures


Reagan’s Democrats, Clinton’s Impeachment and the 2000 Election: How Did Dysfunctional Become The Way Our Government Functions?

SUSAN JOHNSON, Assistant Dean of Student Success of College Letters and Sciences



Resilience and Justice in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

HOLLY DENNING, Lecturer of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

*Additional information about this topic can be found here


HIV/AIDS: From Gay Stigma to
Preventable Nightmare

KATE KSOBIECH, Assistant Professor of Communications


Wal-Mart: From Arkansas to the
World in Thirty Years

MARILYN LAVIN, Professor of Marketing


American Political Discourse Since 1983:
The Impact of Cable TV, Email, Twitter,
Facebook and Other Technology Innovations

DICK HAVEN, Emeritus Professor of Communication



UW-Whitewater Athletics:
Past, Present and Future

PAUL PLINSKE, Director of Athletics


The Commercialization of the Internet:
Millions of Islands Become a Continent

CAROL SCOVOTTI, Associate Professor of Marketing


The Last Frontier of Civil Rights:
The Americans with Disabilities Act

ELIZABETH WATSON, Director of Center for Students with Disabilities


The Fall of Communism and the
Creation of a New World Order

F. PETER WAGNER, Associate Professor of Political Science



Leave One to Tell the Story:
Aloys Ruyenzi and the Untold Tragedy
of the Rwandan Genocide

MARK McPHAIL, Dean of College of Arts and Communication

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