We bring in amazing nationally – and internationally – renowned speakers to talk to our students about important issues in the world today.
It’s designed to broaden our students’ knowledge and widen the classroom experience. It’s about appreciating diversity and the thoughts and ways of others. And, it’s about civic engagement. It’s about challenging ourselves to think deeply and to act responsibly.
Dr. Keith Edwards, nationally recognized speaker and educator on sexual violence prevention, men’s gender identity and social justice, visited in September 2017.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 10am
Delta College Lecture Theatre (G160)
On April 8, 2015, Sarah Thomas was one of nine new game officials added to the NFL officiating
roster, becoming the first full-time female referee in NFL history. Her history-making game took
place September 13th between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Her hat, whistle
and flag from that game are now on display at the NFL Football Hall of Fame.
Off the field, Thomas works as a pharmaceutical representative. She was born in
Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a graduate of the University of Mobile after earning
a full scholarship as a basketball player and Academic All-American honors.
The Delta College President's Speaker Series is funded by the President's office and the Peter and Barbra Boyse Endowment Fund through the Delta Foundation. The event is free and open to the community, no tickets required.
Creating a Culture of Consent
Dr. Keith Edwards is a nationally recognized speaker and educator on sexual violence prevention, men’s gender identity and social justice. For the past 15 years Keith has spoken and consulted at more than 100 colleges and universities and presented more than 100 programs at national conferences. His research, writing and speaking has received national recognition including the ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree.
Women in Combat: A Soldier on Being a Catalyst for Change
Major MJ Hegar filed – and won – a landmark lawsuit against the Department of Defense
that paved the way for women in combat. Before this, on a tour in Afghanistan, the
Medevac helicopter she piloted was shot down, forcing her to take action that helped
save lives and earned her historic recognition. She speaks on leadership, being the
catalyst for change, and thriving under pressure. She is a member of Foreign Policy’s
100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2013 and has a new book on her life coming out in
the next month.
Major MJ Hegar's presentation will be one hour followed by dialogue with the audience and a sale and signing of her new book.
Rosa Clemente, hip hop activist and scholar, and Ruben Navarette of the Washington
Post, the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, discussed Election 2016 and the New Generation – diverse voices on the presidential candidates and issues.
We heard diverse insights on the presidential election and the issues in this national election from two very lively speakers.
Matt Taibbi is a National Magazine award winner and longtime editor, now contributor to “Rolling Stone” magazine. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows, including “The Daily Show” and NPR, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” and “Griftopia.”
Dr. Burlingame is a historian at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He spoke at Delta about his book, "Abraham Lincoln: A Life."He was awarded the Order of Lincoln by the Governor of Illinois in 2009.
Dr. Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University and the author of many critically acclaimed books on religious literacy, including the international bestseller, "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn't".
Dr. Levin is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Barnard University and the author of "How the Universe Got Its Spots", about black holes.
Peter Beinart is a liberal American columnist and reporter whose work regularly appears in national publications. He is a frequent commentator on political television shows, and the former editor of The New Republic.
Jonah Goldberg is a conservative syndicated columnist and writes for The National Review. He is also a frequent commentator on political talk shows.
Erin Gruwell is a teacher who used journals and unique teaching methods to reach inner city high school students. These journals led to the publication of "The Freedom Writers" and eventually a major motion picture. She speaks widely on education and poverty.
The Speaker Series is in its 18th year in 2016-17.
The Series was founded by Dr. Nancy Vader-McCormick, President Don Carlyon and the Delta College Foundation.
We have hosted over 35 nationally recognized speakers.
"I saw an opportunity for our students to grow and learn beyond what the classroom provided. If we could bring in notable world-renowned speakers, I knew they would benefit so much. It's been a great asset for our students!"