Lecture Series

FALL 2017

Emily Nunez Cavness

Emily Nunez Cavness
“Bridging the Civil-Military Divide ”
Monday, October 30, 2017
7 p.m. Young Auditorium

Emily Nunez Cavness is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sword & Plough, a veteran-owned, socially conscious company that repurposes military surplus, works with U.S. manufacturers that are owned or partially operated by veterans and donates 10% of profits to veteran initiatives. Cavness graduated from Airborne School, served in the 4th Engineer Battalion, deployed to Afghanistan, was the first female intelligence officer to serve in 10th Special Forces Group, and was one of the first 100 women to try out for the U.S. Army’s Ranger Training Assessment course. Business Insider named Sword & Plough one of the Top 20 Most Inspiring Companies of 2014 and Cavness was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Fellow and White House Champion of Change.

Video link -  https://streaming.uww.edu/#/videos/87c76068-12c7-4485-a273-db79ddd229dd

Scott Denning

Scott Denning
“The 3 S's of Climate Change: Simple,Serious & Solvable ”
Monday, November 27, 2017
7 p.m. Young Auditorium

Scott Denning is Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Professor Denning also serves as Director of Education and Diversity for the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, working to enhance understanding of global climate through K-12, undergraduate, and graduate study as well as informal education and public presentations. In addition to using global satellite imagery, his research has included extensive field work in the great north woods of Wisconsin, the farms of Iowa, and the Amazon rainforest. He has authored approximately 100 publications in the peer-reviewed climate literature, is a former editor of the Journal of Climate and served for five years as founding Science Chair of the North American Carbon Program.

Video Link: https://streaming.uww.edu/#/videos/ddda49c4-5312-4a6d-aace-7ab4f77b5be6 


Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones
“Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic ”
Monday, March 12, 2018
7 p.m. Young Auditorium

Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction including Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for general nonfiction.The book chronicles the opiate crisis that took hold in Portsmouth, Ohio and how the town came together to address the dependency and work toward economic and social revitalization. Dreamland was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and on over a dozen “Best Books of 2015” lists. Quinones spent 10 years with the A Times and has also published in National Geographic, Pacific Standard magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and other outlets.

Video Link: https://streaming.uww.edu/#/videos/ddda49c4-5312-4a6d-aace-7ab4f77b5be6 

Marc Edwards

Marc Edwards
“Saving Humankind from Itself: Science, Politics and Human Failure from Lysenko to Flint ”
Monday, April 16, 2018
7 p.m. Young Auditorium

Marc Edwards is the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research group’s work laid the groundwork for uncovering the 2001-2004 D.C. Lead Crisis and the 2014-2016 Flint Water Disaster. The White House awarded Professor Edwards a Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1996 and he won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007. In 2013 Edwards’ was only the ninth recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Barus Award for “courageously defending the public interest at great personal risk.” In 2016 he was named amongst TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people in the World, the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, Politico Magazine’s Top 50 visionaries who have transformed American politics, and Foreign Policy Magazine's 100 World’s Greatest Thinkers.

Video Link: https://streaming.uww.edu/#/videos/deb4e77b-0505-41ca-9a78-865414b3d574


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