Lecture Series 2013-2014
Soul of a Citizen: How Can You Make Your Voice Heard and Your Actions Count?
Sept. 12, 2013 – Paul Loeb
Paul Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times and The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear. Soul of a Citizen is described as “the handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and anybody who wants to make a change—big or small—in the world around them.” Loeb has spent more than 30 years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment, asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment while others abstain.
Born in California in 1952, Loeb attended Stanford University and New York’s New School for Social Research. He worked at each school to end the Vietnam War. He has written for numerous prominent publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Baltimore Sun. He has also appeared on NBC, CNN, Fox, National Public Radio, BBC, and the ABC, NBC, and CBS radio networks.
Loeb is also the author of the books Nuclear Culture, Hope in Hard Times, and Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus.
Mysteries of the Driftless
Sept. 16, 2013
7 and 8:45 p.m. – Weber Center for the Performing Arts
Follow a team of explores and scientists as they reveal the majesty and allure of the driftless area using a stunning combination of film making and genuine adventure in the documentary Mysteries of the Driftless.
Viewers will gain a new appreciation for the unique diversity of the zone of land in Western Wisconsin, Eastern Minnesota, Northeastern Iowa, and Northwestern Illinois that escaped glacial scouring. The team kayaks down deeply cut tributary valleys, flies in ultra light aircraft, and climbs rocky bluffs to reveal the science and threats of rare plants and animals, geological phenomenon, and the striking remnants of a Native American pilgrimage.
The team is led by two award-winning film-making scientists, biologist Rob Nelson and geologist Dan Bertalan. They are joined by authors Robert Boszhardt and James Theler, Ph.D., geography professor Jim Knox, and ecologists Darcy Kind, Armund Bartz, Tim Yager, and Abbie Church.
Mysteries of the Driftless was created by Untamed Science, a passionate group of scientists, educators, and filmmakers who believe that learning about science should be fun and easy.
Co-sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy
Raising Good Families: A Workshop on Raising Compassionate, Ethical Children
Oct. 8, 2013
A fun and educational workshop for parents and caregivers who wish to gain more insight into raising children to be more ethical and compassionate. Featuring an evening of storytelling, engaging activities, and hands-on tools for anybody who wants to have a positive influence on the lives and development of children.
- Stacy Shapiro, Shapiro Strategies
- Michael Scott, Storyteller, Old School Variety Show
- Tom Thibodeau, director, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
- Rick Kyte, director, D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
Tonier Cain, National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
Tonier Cain is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Healing Neen, the transcendent story of Tonier “Neen” Cain’s emergence from drug addiction, multiple incarcerations and two decades of homelessness to become a tireless advocate and educator on the devastating impact of childhood abuse—and the need to rethink how we treat the shattered adults severely traumatized children become. Today, she works for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, dedicating her life to being a voice for those still lost and still silent. Traveling the country to give speeches and work one-on-one with women in prisons and hospitals, Neen continues to transform her own life while helping others to embrace her motto “where there’s breath, there’s hope.”
Living a Legacy
Joe Ehrmann, co-founder of Coach for America
Oct. 28, 2013
Joe Ehrmann is no wimp. A first-round NFL draft pick, he completed eight successful seasons on the Baltimore Colts’ defensive line and two more with the Detroit Lions. And at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, he could knock your head off if you were unlucky enough to get in his way. But that was a long time ago. Now Ehrmann will tell you that real strength isn’t about size, or taking down your opponent, or racking up wins. No, the man Parade magazine dubbed “The Most Important Coach in America” believes athletes and their mentors face a much tougher challenge than just scoring points: they have to look inside themselves and forge a meaningful moral purpose, and then apply that greater understanding to helping others thrive.
"Joe is a special person who has dedicated his life to helping young people. His message is powerful and makes a true impact. It is a message that we can all learn from.”
—Cal Ripken Jr., Major League Baseball Hall of Famer
“Joe Ehrmann has a great message that coaches and young people really need to hear…He has had a tremendous impact on our team, helping us to develop championship men on and off the field.”
—Tony Dungy, author of Quiet Strength
Inside Out Coaching Workshop
Joe Ehrmann, co-founder of Coach for America
Oct. 29, 2013
For business leaders, coaches, educators.
As an elite athlete with the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, and as an educator, motivator, coach, and professional speaker for over 30 years, Joe Ehrmann develops leaders to be their best—personally, professionally, and relationally—on the field and in life.
“Joe Ehrmann’s impact is unique in that it is stunning, immediate, yet lasting. I have never known anyone with Joe’s level of humility, power and grace…no one.”
—Bill Curry, Head Football Coach for Georgia Tech, Alabama, Kentucky, and Georgia State University
Materialistic Values and Ethics: a View from the Psychological Research
Tim Kasser, Professor of Psychology, Knox College
Nov. 7, 2013
Tim Kasser is professor of psychology at Knox College where he specializes in the study of people's values and goals and how they relate to quality of life. Over the last decade he has been especially focused on studying materialistic values, i.e., being wealthy, having many possessions, being attractive, and being popular. He has discovered that when people believe materialistic values are important, they report less happiness and more distress, have poorer interpersonal relationships, contribute less to the community, and engage in more ecologically damaging behaviors.