Kent State Stark, Mount Union Announce Lecture Collection for 2021-22

ALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union’s lecture series offers interdisciplinary learning and brings new perspectives and ideas from places around the world to campus. All lectures are free and open to the public, but an entrance ticket is required. Tickets and more information about the University of Mount Union Lecture Series can be found at

Gallaher Lecture – 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Robert Musil, President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, will speak. The Rachel Carson Council focuses on global climate change and environmental justice issues. Musil will present Rachel Carson and Her Environmental Legacy for Today.

Faculty Lecture – 7 p.m. October 12, Presser Recital Hall, Cope Music Hall. Dr. Susan Haddox from Faculty Mount Union, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will present “Gender, Violence, and Identity in the Bible and Society”. She will discuss issues of identity that run through the biblical book of Judges and how these issues are negotiated through stories.

Kershaw / Carr Lecture – 7 p.m. 7.2., Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts. The musician and professor Chris Coles presents “Nine Lives”, a multimedia, interdisciplinary performance with animation, spoken word, dance and music. The lecture is a combination of the lectures by Kershaw and Carr as well as Black History Month and the lectures on peacebuilding and social justice.

Eckler Lecture – 7 p.m. March 23, Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts. The award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson will be presented. Woodson has written dozens of books for adults and children. Among other things, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, four-time finalist of the National Book Award and winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2020.

Student Lecture – 8 p.m. April 21, Timken High School, McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. Renowned political strategists Donna Brazile and Ana Navarro will speak. Brazile is the former Democratic National Committee interim chair, writer, and contributor to Fox News. Navarro is a Republican strategist, political analyst for CNN, CNN en Español, Telemundo and co-host of ABC’s “The View”.

Featured Speakers Series celebrates its 30th anniversary

JACKSON TWP. – Kent State University at Stark has announced the 30th season of their Featured Speakers Series. All Featured Speakers events will take place at 7:30 pm in the Timken Great Hall in the Kent Stark Conference Center.

Kent State University at Stark has plans for face-to-face events, but these are subject to change. Masks are compulsory at all gatherings.

All lectures are free and public; However, due to limited seating, tickets are required. Detailed information on purchasing tickets will be published prior to each event. You can find more information at; and follow Kent State Stark on Social @KentStateStark.

Maxwell King – November 9th. King wrote the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers. As the former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, King created this definitive portrait of Rogers, a beloved character cherished by generations. King’s four-decade career also includes presidencies at two of the country’s greatest philanthropies – The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments.

Elisabeth Smart – February 23. Elizabeth Smart’s abduction in 2002 was one of the most haunted child abduction cases of our time. Police safely reunited Smart with her family nine months later. Through this traumatic experience, Smart has become an advocate for change in child abduction, recovery programs, and national laws. She recorded her experiences in the New York Times bestselling book “My Story” and recently published a book about reclaiming your own life “Where There’s Hope”.

Erin Brockovich – April 13th. The subject of Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning film, which made an unknown legal scholar an icon of the 20th century by showcasing her persistent tenacity behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history, will appear. Today Brockovich is President of Brockovich Research & Consulting and involved in numerous environmental projects around the world. She has sought help with complaints about groundwater pollution in every state in the country, Australia and other international hot spots. As a bestselling author, Brockovich’s latest publication, “Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It,” received widespread media attention prior to its release.

Features of Walsh University
Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

NORTH CANTON – Walsh University’s Birk Center for the Arts is hosting an educational exhibition this fall that includes gallery talks about the work of Leonardo da Vinci. The Leonardo da Vinci: Exploring the Arts & Sciences in Renaissance Italy exhibition runs until November 30th. See for more information

Visiting the Leonardo da Vinci educational exhibition is free and open to the public in the atrium gallery of the Birk Center. An accompanying show, Notebooks, will feature doodles and sketches by Walsh’s Visual Arts students and will be arranged in the atrium display case. For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Brown at or 330-490-7509.

Gallery talks take place in the Atrium Gallery. All gallery talks are free and open to the public upon reservation. Reserve your spot by emailing

  • Tuesday, 12 noon-1 p.m .: Theology & Visual Arts: A Focus on The Last Supper
  • October 19, 4 – 5 p.m .: Scientific observation & invention: Leonardo da Vinci’s botanical drawings & mechanical studies
  • November 16, 4 – 5 p.m .: Design Thinking and Leonardo da Vinci’s creative process

Art workshop for children and young people

The workshop It’s All a Matter of Perspective: A Linear Perspective Drawing Workshop for Teens 10-18 at the Lattavo Art Studio in the Birk Center for the Arts will take place on October 9th, 10:30 am-12:00pm. 25 participants each. Reservations required by email at There is a set-up fee of USD 6 per participant for the workshop. If a parent or other adult accompanying person would like to take part with the child or young person, the adult must also register and pay the provision fee. Send a check payable to Walsh University for US $ 6 per person with “Art Workshop” on the “For” line to Lisa McLaughlin at Walsh University, 2020 E. Maple St., North Canton.

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