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2019-20 UD Speaker Series Events

The 2019-20 University of Dayton Speaker Series brings to campus a diverse group of distinguished authors, scholars, artists and activists. Our speakers have achieved substantial national or international recognition, and they initiate purposeful and critical discussion within our community. In alignment with the mission of the University, speakers offer different cultural, political and religious perspectives to engage our students, faculty, staff and community on some of the most important and critical issues of the day.

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Sarah Smarsh speaking on Monday, Oct. 21
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. Her presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in Kennedy Union Ballroom.
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Dialogue Zone

Let’s Talk about It: Sarah Smarsh, the Working Poor, and Cultural Divides

All events will take place in the Dialogue Zone, Roesch Library Room 107

Session 1: Thursday, October 24, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Session 2: Friday, October 25, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Join others for a dialogue focusing on Sarah Smarsh’s presentation regarding the working poor and cultural divides. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth is a New York Times Bestseller and was a finalist for the National Book Award. It examines economic inequality in light of Smarsh’s upbringing among the working poor in rural Kansas. Registration is required as seats are limited to the first 24 participants. Please sign up for one of two sessions using the registration links above.

Located in Roesch Library, the Dialogue Zone is an inter- and trans-disciplinary curricular and co-curricular initiative that brings together faculty, staff, students and community members in a common space, to engage in research, learning, and practice focused on facilitated dialogue as a primary method for understanding different social and cultural perspectives.
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UD Speaker Series event with Dr. Stephen K. Robinson

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UD Speaker Series event with Sarah Smarsh

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Nominate a Speaker
Each year the University of Dayton Speaker Series Committee asks the UD community to help assemble a slate of distinguished speakers representing a wide range of intellectual, cultural and social perspectives. Nominees should be willing to engage the campus and the community in thought-provoking discussions about critical issues facing our world. We invite your suggestions for the 2019-20 series, please submit nominations online by November 26, 2018 to be considered for the 2019-20 series. 
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Did you miss a talk you wanted to attend? Check our YouTube and Warpwire playlists for available series talks. Not every speaker gives permission to post their full talk, so if the one you want is missing this could be why.

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University of Dayton Speaker Series

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