Press Release for Thursday, December 15, 2005

Erin Brockovich Headlines UNF's Spring 2006 Lecture Series

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102



The University of North Florida has a packed spring 2006 schedule of lecturers that are sure to offer something for everyone. UNF is bringing the Jacksonville community top-name speaker and environmental activist Erin Brockovich as well as many more next year. All lectures are free and open to the public, although tickets are required for some lectures. Tickets can be ordered online at www.unf.edu. Click on the spring 2006 Lectures link.

“This spring offers an interesting mix of speakers,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “This is one way of sharing our academic resources with the community.”

The spring 2006 lectures at UNF are as follows:

Rod Paige; “Educational Policies&School Reform,” Wednesday, January 18, 7 p.m. at the University Center—Dr. Paige, former Secretary of Education, led the charge to implement President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This historic educational reform gives local districts the tools and resources they need to help every child learn. This lecture is part of the Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series.

Scott Boylston; “Broadening the Boundaries of Creative Expression,” Thursday, January 26, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Boylston is a professor of graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design. He has worked in the design field since 1988 and has enjoyed acclaim as a fiction writer. This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.

Laurie Garrett; “The Collapse of Global Public Health,” Monday, January 30, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Garrett is America’s expert on global health and a Pulitzer Prize winning author. She has written two books, “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health” and “The Coming Plague.” This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Husain Haqqani; “The Civil War of Ideas in Islam,” Tuesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Haqqani is the director of the Center for International Relations and an associate professor at Boston University. He’s also a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. and co-chairman of the Hudson Institute’s Project on Islam and Democracy. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Elaine Scarry; “Thinking in an Emergency,” Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Dr. Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value for the Department of English at Harvard University. This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.

Erin Brockovich; “An Evening with Erin Brockovich,” Monday, February 27, 7:30 p.m. at the UNF Arena—Brockovich, an environmental activist, helped spearhead the largest legal settlement in U.S. history. The story of her investigation and legal triumph were dramatized in the hit movie “Erin Brockovich,” released in March 2000, starring Julia Roberts. This lecture is part of the Presidential Lecture Series.

Terry Moe; “Educational Policies&Teacher Quality,” Monday, March 6, 7 p.m. at the University Center—Dr. Moe is the William Bennett Munro professor of political science at Stanford University, the chair of Stanford’s Political Science Department and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. His book, with John E. Chubb, “Politics, Markets, and America's Schools,” is among the most influential and controversial works on education to be published during the last few decades. This lecture is part of the Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series.

Elijah Anderson; “Violence&the Inner City Poor,” Monday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Dr. Anderson is the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s an expert on the sociology of black America and is the author of the classic sociological work, “A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men.” This lecture is part of the Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series.

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy; “China: The Emerging Giant,” Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Roy is the managing director of Kissinger Associates, Inc. and a renowned expert on China. He spent 45 years in Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of State and was a top U.S. envoy in Singapore, the People’s Republic of China and Indonesia. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

David Gergen; “Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America,” Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Gergen is editor-at-large for U.S. News and World Report and served as director of communications for President Reagan. He has also held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford as well as an advisor during the Clinton administration. He has published a book titled, “Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.” This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.


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