Lecture Previews

University Lecture Series: The Ernest Green Story

Thursday at 7 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Ernest Green, the Black History Month Keynote Speaker, will be presenting a lecture on the “Civil Rights Movement, Integration, Social Justice, Trail Blazer, and Leadership.” Green was one of the nine students to integrate Little Rock High School as a result of the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown vs. Board of Education. He has also received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the 1957 integration.

Professionally, he has served as the assistant secretary of labor for employment and training under President Carter and as chair of the African Development Foundation under President Clinton. He is currently the managing director of public finance for Lehman Brothers, Washington, D.C.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Searching for subsurface plumes following the Deepwater Horizon disaster

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)

Christopher M. Reddy is a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, Mass.) in the department of marine chemistry and geochemistry and the director of the Coastal Ocean Institute.

In this lecture, he will present his results from a research cruise in June of the region of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Using oceanographic tools and an underwater vehicle, Reddy and researchers located a plume flowing southwest at a depth of 1,100 meters of which the specifics will be discussed during the lecture.

Reddy’s further educational endeavors include a bachelor’s of science in chemistry from Rhode Island College and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. He studies oil spills, other areas of marine pollution, and biofuels.

Renewing Braddock

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.

Hamburg Hall 100

Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, Penn., will discuss his renewal strategies. Braddock was home to Andrew Carnegie’s first steel mill in 1875 and the first free library. However, it lost many of its buildings due to lack of maintenance and landlord absenteeism. Now it only has a population of 2,800 people, along with rampant unemployment and the highest poverty rate in Allegheny County.

Fetterman has started to create youth-oriented and artistic programs in the hopes of renewing Braddock. Faced with serious economic and political issues, Fetterman has had to be resourceful and creative with his initiatives to revitalize his town.

CAUSE Lecture Series: Nell Irvin Painter

Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Connan Room, University Center

Nell Irvin Painter, the Edwards Professor of American History, Emeritas, at Princeton University will present a talk titled “The History of White People.”
The talk will center around how the definitions “white” and “American” have evolved. The talk is sponsored by the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE).

Painter holds fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Antiquarian Society.