2020-2021 Personally Speaking

The presentations of the 2020-2021 season will be virtual, with opportunities to engage with the presenters online. Details about how to register for the presentations is available this page, and registration links are emailed to attendees upon registration.

The 2020-2021 Series Includes: 

Drones and Support for the Use of Force by James Igoe Walsh with Marcus Schulzke. Personally Speaking talk: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Combat drones offer an unprecedented ability to reduce the costs of conflict by increasing accuracy, reducing the risks to civilians, and protecting military personnel from harm. The advantages should make drone strikes more popular than operations involving ground troops. Yet many critics believe drone warfare will make political leaders too willing to authorize wars, weakening constraints on the use of force. (Find the video from the live talk on the College's YouTube channel (and we hope you will follow the channel!) More >>

Africa’s International Relations: Balancing Domestic and Global Interests by Beth Elise Whitaker with John F. Clark. Personally Speaking talk: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Why do African leaders cultivate ties with some foreign powers and not others? How do civil conflicts in African countries at times expand to engulf entire regions of the continent? Why have leaders enhanced the capabilities of international organizations like the African Union while undermining the authority of bodies such as the International Criminal Court? (Find the video from the live talk on the College's YouTube channel (and we hope you will follow the channel!) More >>

Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics by Gregory J. Gbur. Personally Speaking talk: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The question of how cats always land on their feet has long intrigued humans. Attempts to understand the cat‑righting reflex have provided crucial insights into puzzles in mathematics, geophysics, neuroscience, and human space exploration. There is an explanation, but the finer details still inspire heated arguments. And, as with other cat behavior, the more we investigate, the more surprises we discover!  More >>

The People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945 by Oscar de la Torre. Personally Speaking talk: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 

Prior to abolition, enslaved and escaped blacks found in the tropical forest a source for tools, weapons, and trade. But it was also a cultural storehouse within which they shaped their stories and records of confrontations with slaveowners and state authorities. After abolition, the black peasants' knowledge of local environments continued to be key to their aspirations.  More >>

More Details About Personally Speaking

“We offer this series to engage the community in conversations about relevant topics considered in books written by our faculty,” said Nancy A. Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. “Not only is this a way for us to connect with the community, but it also is a way to share knowledge and spark discussion.

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