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Fall Term Series Events

Tickets and Parking

All of these events are free and open to the public. No tickets required, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available in B and C lots only. Parking in any other campus lot requires a permit.

For special accommodations, please contact the Office of the Provost at 937-229-2245.

Dr. Stephen K. Robinson, "An Astronaut's Perspective on Human Spaceflight—Past, Present, and Future"

MONDAY, September 23, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Stephen K. Robinson spent 37 years at NASA, where he served as a technician, research scientist, manager, engineer, and astronaut. During his 17 years as a NASA astronaut, Dr. Robinson flew on four space shuttle missions (completing three spacewalks), visited the International Space Station twice, trained as a cosmonaut in Star City, Russia, and developed extensive expertise in spacecraft systems, human/systems integration, operational safety, space robotics, aerodynamics, and fluid physics. Robinson is now a professor in the University of California Davis Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. He also directs the UC Davis Center for Human-Systems Engineering, where students pursue research in human spaceflight, aviation safety, human/ automation/robotic integration, human performance, automation and control, and CubeSat and UAV applications. Dr. Robinson is an active pilot, an artist, and a musician. He currently plays with the mostly-astronaut band Bandella, and the all-astronaut rock band, Max Q.

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Sarah Smarsh, "An Evening with Sarah Smarsh: Author of Heartland"

Monday, October 21, 7 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Sarah Smarsh is an author, speaker, and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, a finalist for the National Book Award, examines economic inequality through her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm. Smarsh is a regular political commentator in national media and has spoken internationally on poverty, rural issues, and cultural divides. She was recently a Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and will soon launch a much-anticipated podcast about class and rural America.

By ninth grade, Smarsh attended eight southern-Kansas schools, ranging from a 2,000- student high school to a two-room prairie schoolhouse. Now, she holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas. A former English professor and grant-writer for social service agencies, Sarah aims for all of her work to have a backbone of civic responsibility.

book cover for Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

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Resource Guides

For more information on speakers in the series view the resource guides prepared by UD's Roesch Library.


University of Dayton Speaker Series

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1302