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Speaker Series

The goal of the Speaker Series is to bring accomplished and knowledgeable individuals to Lindenwood so that our students, faculty, and the surrounding community can be exposed to a broad range of contemporary topics and events. Our speaker series is intended to inform, educate, and inspire those who attend to pursue personal and academic excellence as citizens of a global community.

All events are free and open to the public.


Jaclyn Friedman Jaclyn Friedman
"What You Really Really Want: How to Pursue a Real Sexuality in the Real World"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
5 p.m. – Welcome Center

Jaclyn Friedman, through writing, performing and speaking, has helped redefine the concept of “healthy sexuality” for young women. Her tireless work and activism has also helped build a culture of sexual safety and acceptance for women on campuses all over the country. Friedman says that our culture bombards women and girls with mixed messages every day: We’re supposed to be innocent virgins who excel at stripper-pole workouts; we’re failures if we don’t act sexy, but we’re sluts if we actually pursue sex; we need to be protected from rapists lurking in bushes, but deserve “whatever we get” if we have a drink at a party and wear a skirt. In this interactive talk, Friedman separates fear from fact, allowing participants to build new skills for safely expressing that sexuality with lovers and explore effective ways to learn how to make the world a little safer for everyone else’s sexuality along the way.


Dawn Porter Dawn Porter
"Public Defenders: The Keepers of Civil Rights"

Thursday, March 13, 2014
7 p.m. – Lindenwood Auditorium
Film showings Thursday, March 6, and Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

Twelve million people are arrested in the United States each year, and millions of those cases will proceed through the criminal justice system. It is not uncommon for lawyers to handle hundreds of cases at a time. What does this mean for a system of justice? Lawyer turned filmmaker Dawn Porter wanted answers to this very question. As the founder of Trilogy Films, she became the director and producer of Gideon’s Army, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and debuted on HBO Documentary Films in July 2013. Gideon’s Army follows three young public defenders in the Deep South during their daily mission to counsel hundreds of defendants through the strained criminal justice system.


Alferd Williams Alferd Williams & Alesia Hamilton
"Reading the Dream"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6 p.m. – Lindenwood Auditorium

Alesia Hamilton is a first grade teacher at Hosea Elementary School in St. Joseph, Mo. She has a BSEd from Hannibal LaGrange College and an MA from Baker University. Her 25 years of teaching include Kindergarten - 2nd grade, and Reading Recovery. Hamilton and 75-year-old Alferd Williams met in 2005 when the adult non-reader walked some children to school. In the summer of 2006, Hamilton began tutoring Williams. That fall, he joined her class and has been volunteering and learning alongside six and seven-year-olds for seven years now. You may recognize Williams from his appearance on a prominent billboard on Highway 15. Their media appearances include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, People Magazine, and CNN Heroes. Williams says now that his mother’s prayer has been answered and he can read, he will spend the rest of his life in school!

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