2014-2015 Speakers


9/3/14: Charles Brock

Charles Brock, Founder/Director of the Institute on the American Dream at Penn State Erie; Emeritus Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford Topic: “Holy Warrior


9/23/14: Harry Carson

Harry Carson, NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker Topic: “Captain for Life” Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn Introduction / Moderator: Nicholas Jones / Patty Satalia Harry


10/21/14: Bernard Kerik

Bernard Kerik, Former Commissioner of the New York City Police Department Topic: “The Urgent Need for Criminal Justice and Prison Reform in America” Location: President’s


11/6/14: Robert D. Braun

Robert D. Braun, David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology Topic: “Our Generation’s Space Race” Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion


11/13/14: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood, Award-winning Writer and Environmental Activist Topic: Genre and Gender Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn Introduction / Moderator: Michael Bérubé /


12/4/14: General C. Robert Kehler

C. Robert Kehler, General, USAF (retired); Former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska Topic: “National Security in the 21st Century” Location:


12/9/14: George Packer

George Packer, Staff Writer for The New Yorker Topic: “The Unwinding - America Today: A collapsing, changing nation” Location: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater Introduction /


1/13/15: Cathy Willis Spraetz

Cathy Willis Spraetz, President and CEO of Chimp Haven Topic: “Chimpanzees in Captivity: From Research to Retirement” Location: President’s Hall, The Penn


2/11/15: Susan Russell

Susan Russell, Associate Professor of Theatre at Penn State; 2014-15 Penn State Laureate Topic:Making Change Make Sense Location: President’s Hall, The Penn


3/24/15: Nicholas DeIuliis

Nicholas DeIuliis, President & CEO of CONSOL Energy Inc. Topic:Shale Development and Environmental Protection: Finding the Right Balance While Capitalizing on Pennsylvania’s


4/22/15: Paula Kerger

Paula Kerger, President & CEO of PBS Topic:America's Largest Classroom: PBS and the Future of Educational Media Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn Introduction /