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A significant mystery of modern medicine, race inequality, transforming higher education and the opioid crisis, are among the timely and provocative topics of this semester’s University Lecture Series.

After a successful revival of the ULS last fall, Amy Burkert is looking forward to the spring lineup.

“One of the benefits of being a part of a vibrant university community is the opportunity to expand our understanding of, and engagement with, important ideas and issues,” said Burkert, vice provost for education and co-chair of the ULS Committee. “Building on the momentum of the standing-room only ULS lectures this fall, we are looking forward to welcoming the spring slate of thought leaders and activists into our community, who will bring us together to learn new things, challenge our ways of thinking, and prepare us to embrace an increasingly complex and ever-changing future.”

Burkert said the forums are most robust and meaningful when multiple views and perspectives are considered and shared.

“We encourage all members of our community to join in and enrich the experience for everyone,” she said.

Dickson Prize Lecture
Dr. Emery N. Brown

Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture
Arthur Levine

4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21
Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building

Arthur LevineArthur Levine, the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, is an expert on the preparation of school leaders, teachers and education researchers.

Levine is the author of 12 books and dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of reports for the Education Schools Project, an effort that aims to improve the education of teachers, administrators and researchers who serve school-age children. His books include “Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student,” “Shaping Higher Education’s Future,” “Handbook on Undergraduate Curriculum” and “Reform of Undergraduate Education,” for which he won the American Council on Education’s Book of the Year Award.

He has written pieces for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has earned the Educational Press Association’s Award for Writing three times.

Levine is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and sits on the boards of Say Yes to Education and Motivis Learning.

ULS Featured Lecture
Sam Quinones

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16
Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building

Sam QuinonesSam Quinones, a veteran journalist and author who has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic, will address the deadly opioid crisis in his talk, “Dreamland: America’s Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here.”

Quinones will discuss the various factors that have led to the epidemic, including the influx of black tar heroin, drug company marketing and the over-prescription of pain medication in the 1990s.

Author of the 2015 award-winning book “Dreamland: The True Tales of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” Quinones has testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions regarding the opioid addiction. He has spoken to the Washington Journal about the federal response to the crisis and his recent op-ed in The New York Times outlines the plague and its impact on communities.

Prior to writing “Dreamland,” which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Quinones wrote two nonfiction books focusing on immigration, drug trafficking and gangs. He authored “True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx,” and “Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.”

His recent work for National Geographic has featured the deportation of illegal immigrants and the resurgence of Juarez, Mexico, once considered among the most dangerous cities in the world.


Source: CMU

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