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Critical Conversations Speaker Series: 2017: Series Overview

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The “Critical Conversations” speaker series shares diverse perspectives and ideologies on topics such as inclusion, intellectual diversity, and free speech in higher education. 




  • September 1: Student Center Ballroom; 4pm
    •  Ideological Differences and Free Speech on Campus
      • Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard Divinity School
      • Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
  • September 25: Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library: Room 2550; 5pm
    • Unconscious Bias
      • Howard Ross, Cook Ross
  • October 5: Auburn Arena; 5pm (Doors will open at 3pm; attendees must enter using the main Arena entrance (north end) and be seated no later than 4:45 p.m. Security will conduct bag checks upon entering the arena. No recording is permitted; the event is open to the public and will be live-streamed on the Critical Conversations website.)
    • Diverse Perspectives on Women Leaders
      • Barbara Pierce Bush, Jenna Bush Hager
  • October 19: Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library: Room 2550; 5pm
    • Microaggressions
      • Derald Wing Sue; Professor of Psychology and Education; Columbia University
  • November 8: Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library: Room 2550; 4:30pm
    • Closed Minds on Campus
      • Frank Bruni;  Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times
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