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Six O'Clock Series: Spring 2014

Be a Leader, Not a Follower: Harnessing the Power of Social Media
February 3: How do your online posts represent you and affect your personal relationships and job prospects? A panel of highly engaged student, alumni, and faculty social media users will examine ways IUP students can create a positive online presence, the construction of a digital identity that represents personal and professional lives, and how statements made on social media sites can affect the culture and morale of the IUP community.
He Has a Name: Trayvon Martin and the Fight to End Criminalization and Profiling of Black Youth
February 10: This inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaker and Cultural Arts Series and annual Black History Month keynote program showcases an interactive panel discussion with Sybrina Fulton and Michael Skolnik, who will provide first-hand accounts of issues surrounding violence, children, and safety in our communities.
Traveling While Black: My Experiences as an African-American Woman Researching in China
February 17: Speaker Keisha Brown will discuss her research into China’s media depictions of and diplomatic exchanges with African-Americans during their struggle for freedom and equality from 1949–1972. She will also describe how many Chinese people responded to her in light of this history of Sino-black relations.
The Impact of Suicide
February 24: Suicide impacts us all. Every year, millions of Americans are directly affected by the more than 37,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made by friends or loved ones.
The Mindful Way to Study: Dancing with Your Books
March 3: Studying is often considered to be unpleasant or even painful. The approach that most of us have learned is forced concentration, where we apply vein-popping, brain-smoking effort to focus on what we are supposed to learn. An alternative, the mindful way to study, is more effective and less aggressive than forced concentration.
Shaving the Yak
March 10: Sometimes, our leaders and our groups get stuck on things that simply aren’t important. A particular campus tradition, campus expectation, or habit might feel critical, but it’s actually holding us back from reaching our potential.
Moshe Baran: His Story of Struggle, Resistance, and Survival During the Holocaust
March 24: Moshe Baran will tell his life story during the Holocaust, from being a forced laborer to partisan fighter, and show his documentary film, A Look into the Eyes of Resistance. His inspirational story of survival and resistance focuses on how people can create a more peaceful world.
Careers in Sports Administration: The Right Fit For You?
April 7: Did you know that the athletic industry offers many career opportunities that cover a broad range of fields and experiences? Join us for an impressive panel of experts discussing the areas of sports management, marketing, coaching, public relations, communications media, and more!
3801 Lancaster: The Kermit Gosnell Story
April 14: On February 18, 2010, police raided the Women’s Medical Society in Philadelphia based on reports that its owner, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, was running a prescription “pill mill.” “What they discovered, it’s almost out of one of the worst movies or horror novels that you can imagine,” said Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams.
Speed Faithing
April 21: Presented by the Interfaith Council and Better Together, this program consists of multiple speakers who will each share a brief, 10-minute description of their personal religion. Attendees will then have 10 minutes to ask the speakers questions about their faith tradition before having the opportunity to rotate and attend three sessions of their choosing to hear the respective speaker’s views and opinions on their religion of choice.
Live Intentionally, Presented by Molly Shattuck
April 28: Live intentionally with Vibrant Living. This program will help you identify your health habits and create your own personal roadmap for life. Learn strategies to increase your energy, lose weight, and lead your life with a higher purpose.
 

Six O’Clock Series: Fall 2013

True Life: Dress for the Future
September 9: Ever have a hard time picking out clothes for class? Ever wonder what your professional wardrobe might look like? What does business casual really mean anyway? This event will address all these questions.
Just What Did They Originally Intend? A Casual Conversation with the Framers of the U.S. Constitution
September 16: Sit in on a casual conversation with four authors of the U.S. Constitution: Ben Franklin, James Madison, Charles Pinckney, and Alexander Hamilton.
Censorship vs. Freedom of Information
September 23: The Internet has empowered the individual by providing instantaneous access to vast information and greater opportunities to publicly share thoughts, ideas, and information with the world. Still, even in the information age, challenges to freedom of information persist and new threats emerge.
“My Friend Has a Problem...How Can I Help?”
September 30: This event, in collaboration with the Lively Arts, features former MTV Real World Chicago personality Christopher Beckman, catapulted into the national spotlight when he was only 24 years old.
The Story of Matthew Shepard
October 7: This program uses poetry, photographs, and creative visualization to explore the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world. In 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, robbed, beaten, and murdered in Laramie, Wyoming.
Men’s Friendships: No Man Can Make The Journey Alone
October 14: In the age of “bromance” with films like I Love You, Man, what does genuine male intimacy look like and mean?
Cultural Adjustment through Study Abroad Experiences
October 21: IUP returned study abroad students will discuss the idea of Cultural Adjustment focusing on the areas of Academics, Food, Social Life and Returning Home. There will be time for questions at the end. Moderated by Jessica Halchak, assistant director of Study Abroad.
Inclusive Diversity: Presented by Veronica Villalobos
October 28: In this session, participants with and without disabilities will develop a greater understanding of the steps the Federal Government is taking to become a model employer for people with disabilities.
RED Talks
November 4: Nationwide, there is a period of time known as The Red Zone, which falls between the start of the fall semester and Thanksgiving break in November. It is believed that there are more sexual assaults on United States college campuses during this time than any other time during the school year.
Honoring Veteran’s Day
November 11: Leslie Miller Purser is one of only 10 two-star generals in the U.S. Army Reserve. An IUP alumna from the class of 1980, MG Purser has over 31 years of military service that includes tours in Baghdad, Iraq, and serving as the director of Intelligence, Plans, and Policy for the U.S. Army in the Pentagon. MG Purser will discuss leadership as a woman in a traditionally male-dominated career field.
Underrepresented but NOT Underqualified
November 18: This panel presentation will discuss how under-represented populations (e.g., veterans, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ) can navigate the job search and interview process effectively.
 

Six O’Clock Series: Spring 2013

The Art of Resistance: A Dialogue between the Civil Rights and Hip Hop Generations
February 11, 2013: A Black History Month program dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that will feature a panel of speakers from two generations of African American artists and performers.
In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh
February 18, 2013: Four local panelists who shared their contributions with the In Sisterhood presentation discuss their contributions to the Pittsburgh feminism movement.
Leaving Your Legacy
February 25, 2013: IUP alumnus Tom Baker of Baker Leadership discusses the value of student engagement within the college community.
Social Media: What it does 4 ur career
March 4, 2013: A panel of hiring experts discusses the positive and negative effects social media can have on a career.
Science or Religion: Must We Choose?
March 11, 2013: Must there be a choice between science and religion? A panel made up of scholars from a variety of backgrounds will explain why they each answer this question “NO ” and will then open the floor to questions.
A Young Atheist’s Survival Guide
March 25, 2013: National atheist leader Hemant Mehta shares stories of students standing up for their U.S. Constitutional right to freedom from religion.
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil
April 1, 2013: Dr. Timothy Mitchell, a professor of history at Columbia University, discusses the links among democracy, coal, and oil in the past, present, and future.
Apples To Apples: Evaluating and Comparing First Time Job Offers
April 8, 2013: Eric Nelson discusses employment benefits, salary negotiation, and answers questions about how to evaluate multiple employment opportunities.
Making Your Summer Work for You
April 15, 2013: A panel of career experts and employers discuss the impact summer employment can have on future career status.
An Inaugural Celebration
April 22, 2013: IUP celebrates the inauguration of Dr. Michael Driscoll as university president.
 

Six O’Clock Series: Fall 2012

Just What Did They Originally Intend? A Casual Conversation With the Framers of the U.S. Constitution
Sept. 17, 2012: Sit in on a chat with Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Charles Pinckney, and Alexander Hamilton in honor of Constitution Day.
The Sandusky Case: Implications and Lessons for Higher Education and IUP
Sept. 24, 2012: Special location in Fisher Auditorium — What lessons are learned from the Sandusky case, and how does Title IX and IUP policy protect students?
How to Rock a Career Fair
Oct. 1, 2012: The Center for Career Development has assembled a panel of corporate experts to discuss practices that maximize career fair involvement.
Inside Out Faith
Oct. 8, 2012: Contemporary Christian musician Jennifer Knapp discusses the challenges of being “out” in certain religious communities and the healing that comes from being open.
Fiftieth Commemoration of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons Learned and Implications Today
Oct. 15, 2012: Guest speakers Dr. Peter Kornbluh and Dr. Phil Williams discuss the significance of the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years later and what we may still learn from this event.
Cultural Adjustment through Study Abroad Experiences
Oct. 22, 2012: IUP students with study abroad experience discuss issues of cultural adjustment.
Inclusive Diversity: CANCELED
CANCELED: Oct. 29, 2012: Ms. Veronica Villalobos discusses the benefits of a diverse workforce including persons with different physical abilities.
Broadening Your Horizons Through Service and Study Abroad
Nov. 5, 2012: Dr. Caleb Finegan and other IUP faculty members discuss options for 2013 Alternative Spring Break and study/travel courses.
Honoring Veterans Day
Nov. 12, 2012: The IUP Veteran’s Outreach Group and Veteran’s Student Organization present a panel of IUP students who have served the United States as veterans.
Celebration of Holiday Light
Dec. 3, 2012: Light is discussed from various religious perspectives as a central theme to holiday celebrations.
 

Six O'Clock Series: Spring 2012

MLK Commemorative Program and Black History Month Kick-off 2012
January 30, 2012: Living the Dream and Black History Relevance, Reflections, and Challenges with Dr. Burrell Brown. This program is designed to kick off Black History Month 2012 with a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Women’s History of IUP
February 6, 2012: Dr. Theresa McDevitt will explain how women helped shape Indiana University of Pennsylvania and how the experience has changed for women at the university.
Navajo Nation
February 13, 2012: Dr. Melanie Hildebrandt and students share cultural information on the Navajo Nation via video, photograph, and personal experience.
You Are Living in Appalachia
February 20, 2012: Dr. Jim Dougherty will discuss the cultural contribution of Northern Appalachia from the U.S. labor movement to high-tech medicine.
Financial Literacy
February 27, 2012: Ms. Patricia McCarthy discusses financial issues relevant to young adults.
College Scams and Identity Theft: Educate and Protect Yourself
March 5, 2012: Mr. Eric Rayko will discuss identity theft and strategies to minimize its risk.
Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys
March 26, 2012: Dr. Victor Rios will discuss the lives of the young men in his study, who face punitive policies and limited opportunities in their schools and communities.
Bullying: Making a Difference for All
April 2, 2012: Dr. Kelly Champion will present on the effects of bullying, including issues and strategies surrounding prevention.
Autism: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Assessment, Treatment, and Education
April 9, 2012: A panel of expert faculty discuss Autism Spectrum Disorders from perspectives of development, assessment, education, and treatment.
Healing in Native American Culture
April 16, 2012: Pat Star Dancer Selinger of Thunder Mountain Lenepe Nation will discuss traditional healing techniques and life in Native American society.
Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story
April 23, 2012: Kathy Zuckerman discusses her life as the real Gidget and inspiration for novels, television, and films.
 

Six O'Clock Series: Fall 2011

DrinkThink: A Personal Approach to Alcohol
September 12, 2011 - Special Location: Fisher Aud.  Mr. Rick Barnes conducts a fun, interactive, yet serious discussion about alcohol use on campus.
Got Consent?
September 19, 2011: Student and alumni share experiences and attitudes about sexual relationships, consent, and prevention of sexual violence.
Rules for the New Workplace
September 26, 2011: Senior consultant for LMA Consulting Group Barry Davis discusses current changes within the workplace.
All the Reasons You Need for Any Excuse to Study Abroad
October 3, 2011: Students share experiences from studying abroad.
Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims
October 10, 2011. This program highlights the many struggles and challenges facing sexual and gender minorities within the Muslim world and examines the complex intersection of religion, sexuality, and gender. The speaker, Faisal Alam, is a queer identified Muslim activist,
Operation Beautiful
October 17, 2011: Operation Beautiful editor Caitlyn Boyle discusses body image and the effect of advertising on values, expectations, appearance, self-worth, and gender roles.
Mystical Arts of Tibet
October 24, 2011: Ten Tibetan Buddhist monks begin a week-long residency at IUP.
Vampires vs. Zombies: The Debate
October 31, 2011 - Join an academic debate about two legendary monsters.
Ethical Leadership
November 7, 2011: A holocaust survivor uses personal experiences as insights on the topic of ethical leadership.
Roe v. Wade: Past, Present, and Future
November 14, 2011: Dr. Sarah Weddington discusses her experiences successfully arguing the Roe v. Wade case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Diversity: Leaders, Not Labels
November 28, 2011 - Special Location: Eberly Auditorium - Stedman Graham lecturs on the new style of leadership for business in the twenty-first-century
Celebration of Holiday Light
December 5, 2011: Members of the IUP Interfaith Council discuss the significance of "light" as a central feature in holiday celebrations.
 

Six O'Clock Series: Spring 2011

FUEL
January 31, 2011—Special Location: Fisher Auditorium. Following a showing of the film Fuel, director Josh Tickell speaks to the audience and answers questions.
Tales from Abroad: Students Who Have Lived to Tell
February 7, 2011: Stories and adventures from students who have studied abroad.
Power on Earth
February 14, 2011: In honor of African American History Month, award-winning actor Darryl Van Leer presents his one-man show "Power on Earth."
College Scams and Identity Theft
February 21, 2011: Eric Rayko, PNC branch manager for the IUP branch, presents on minimizing risk for identity theft.
Losing Faith in Faith
February 28, 2011: Dan Barker, copresident of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, shares how people can lead moral and meangingful lives without religion.
Slavery, States’ Rights, and Secession: A Conversation on the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the U.S. Civil War
March 14, 2011: IUP faculty and students will portray different participants in the sectional debate between North and South on the issues that lead to the Crisis of the Union from 1861 to 1865.
That Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady
March 21, 2011: A performance by Nancy Hulse that raises issues about violence and women's issues
Ritual and Rebirth
March 28, 2011: IUP Interfaith Council presents on world religion rites, rituals, and practices embracing the ideas of rebirth, reincarnation, and resurrection.
Generational Differences and How to Work with Someone Much Older than You
April 4, 2011: Kelly McDonald discusses workplace expectations with regard to generational differences.
Reshaping the Housing Market in the Wake of the Foreclosure Crisis
April 11, 2011: Liz Hersch of the Pennsylvania Housing Alliance presents on the interconnected relationship of the housing market and the local economy.
IUP Sexfest: Talk Sex with Sue Johanson
April 18, 2011: Special Location in Fisher Auditorium. Sue Johanson returns to IUP to talk sex.
The Business of Being Born
April 25, 2011: The Children's Advisory Commission of Indiana screens the film "The Business of Being Born" and hosts a discussion with the audience.
 

Six O'Clock Series: Fall 2010

Just What Did They Originally Intend?
September 13: An interactive discussion among audience members and U.S. Constitution framers: Ben Franklin, James Madison, Charles Pickney, Alexander Hamilton, John Dickenson, and George Clinton.
Financial Literacy
September 20: An AES/PHEAA representative discusses student budget issues such as borrowing, repaying debt, and healthy credit.
Make a Difference, Not Just a Paycheck
September 27: Alumni and employers discuss how involvement in campus life and community service helped their marketability in the job market.
Responding to Violence
October 4: A panel of local and university professionals discuss issues of violence and ways to build a safe community.
Out in Rural America
October 11: Stephen Skinner, Esq. discusses personal and professional insights on gay life in rural America and how his struggle for fairness and equity for all lead to the creation of Fairness West Virginia.
“Nickel and Dimed”
October 18: Special Location: Fisher Auditorium. Common Freshman Reader “Nickel and Dimed” author Barbara Ehrenreich shares her experiences “not getting by in America.”
Building Your Community
October 25: Dr. Al Condeluci, CEO UPC/CLass and national leader in community issues, discusses community building and shares the mission of “working toward community where each belongs.”
Social Networking and Advancing Your Career
November 1: Barry Davis, social networking expert and director of Career Services at LMA Consulting Group, discusses using LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook for professional networking.
Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan
November 8: This discussion centers on the challenge of counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, with respect to the challenges provided by Pakistan’s close interaction. IUP alumnus Haider Mullick (’04, M ’07) speaks as guest of the Military Science Department.
Experiential Learning: National Student Exchange and Alternative Spring Break
November 15: National Student Exchange and Alternative Spring Break are discussed as opportunities for experiential learning.
 

Six O’Clock Series: Spring 2010

How to Beat 1000:1 Odds and Land Your Dream Job
January 25, 2010: Don Asher returns by popular demand to discuss strategies for career preparation.
Sex Signals
Feburary 1, 2010: Sex Signals examines dating rituals and practices to promote healthy, intimate behavior.
Question America: The Legacy of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
February 8, 2010: The life of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, member of the National Women's Hall of Fame
New Muslim Cool: A Conversation with Hamza Perez
February 15, 2010: Hamza Perez discusses and shares his documentary New Muslim Cool.
Table Talks about the Common Freshman Reader
February 22, 2010: IUP Faculty and staff members will host "table talks" about issues featured in the Common Freshman Reader.
College Scams and Identity Theft: Educate and Protect Yourself
March 1, 2010: Eric Rayko from PNC Bank discusses identity theft and ways to protect yourself.
Rethinking Afghanistan
March 15, 2010: A presentation examining the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.
Revelation of a Redneck
March 22, 2010: Quay Hanna discusses racism as a former believer in white racial superiority.
ADVANCE Women in Science
March 29, 2010: Dr. Kelly Mack from the National Science Foundation presents the program ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers.
Sex Trafficking as Violence Against Women and Girls
April 5, 2010: Dr. Mary Burke, founder and executive director for the Project to End Human Trafficking, discusses sex trafficking across the world and in western Pennsylvania.
The Paradox of Women in Islam
April 12, 2010: Asra Nomani discusses her experiences as a journalist reporting from Afghanistan and her role as an activist/advocate for women's rights.
Social Networking and Information Security Risks
April 19, 2010: The Murtha Institute presents two experts in internet security who will discuss on-line social networking sites and the risks associated with them.
 

Six O’Clock Series: Fall 2009

One Night Consequences
September 14, 2009 — Mike Green discusses the colorful and humorous journey of “one nighters” and the serious consequences they can have.
Victim Blaming Sexual Assault
September 21, 2009 — Haven Project Peer Educators discuss victim blaming and ways people can work to challenge unhealthy views of sexual assault.
Leveraging Your Leadership
September 28, 2009 — Kristin Skarie brings 18 years of community building experience to discuss the “social power” you have as a student and a leader.
Out on the Gridiron
October 5, 2009 — Brian Sims discusses his experience as a college football star "coming out" to his team members.
Financial Literacy
October 19, 2009 — Smart and realistic college financial decisions are discussed.
Don't Abuse It
October 26, 2009 — A victim's father discusses prescription drug abuse.
RoadTrip Nation
November 2, 2009 — RoadTrip Nation demonstrates how students construct their own roadto success by interviewing world leaders.
Special Forces: Serving in the War on Terrorism
November 9, 2009 — 1974 IUP Alumnus MG Csrnko discusses his role with the US Speical Forces.
Studied Abroad and Lived to Tell About It
November 16, 2009 — Students who studied abroad discuss their experiences and offer encouragement.
Holiday Lights
December 7, 2009 — InterFaith discusses Light as a key theme in holiday celebrations.
 

Six O’Clock Series: Spring 2009

PostSecret
February 2, 2009: Frank Warren’s dream about writing messages on postcards spurred him to write his own creative postcards.
African American History Month
February 9, 2009: honoring the achievements and celebrating the heritage of African Americans
The Death Penalty: A Voice of Experience
The Rev. Walter Everett, father of a murder victim, discusses his decision not to support execution of the murderer.
Fourteen Threats to Academic Freedom
February 23, 2009: Dr. Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, will discuss the state of academic freedom in universities today.
College Scams and Identity Theft: Educate and Protect Yourself
March 16, 2008: Learn about the fastest-growing scams on college campuses and what you can do to minimize your risk.
Race-Relations Climate Study at IUP: A Documentary and Panel Discussion
March 23, 2009: Facilitated by Dr. Melanie Hildebrandt, the Faculty Student Activist Network (FSAN) presents an original documentary on the race-relations climate at IUP main and Punxsutawney campuses.
Marriage on Trial: A Minister's Journey
March 30, 2009: The Rev. Janet McCune Edwards will discuss her trial by her Presbytery for performing a same-sex union in Pittsburgh.
Add Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years!
April 6, 2009: Dr. Tara Johnson discusses the latest research in longevity.
Jane Austen and Dance
April 13, 2009: Dr. Cheryl Wilson will discuss the multifaceted use of dance in Jane Austen’s novels.
Escaping the Drudgery of Life
April 20, 2009: Join the IUP Interfaith Council as it discusses how to find your balance in work and rest after college.
 

Six O’Clock Series: Fall 2008

Decide to End Sexual Violence
Presented by students and staff from the IUP Haven Project and the Alice Paul House
Making Your Mark: Leadership Principles to Meet the Challenge
Presented by Ed Gerety 
Trouble Online: Campus Computing and the Law
Presented by attorney C.L. Lindsay III 
Gas Prices: How High Will They Go? Will They Ever Go Down?
Presented by Dr. Gawdat Bahgat 
Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America
Presented by the Rev. Mel White 
Who’s Positive?
Presented by Tom Donohue 
Women, Pop Music, and Pornography
Presented by Meredith Levande 
All the Reasons You Need for Any Excuse to Study Abroad
Presented by a panel of international study students 
How to Beat 1000-to-1 Odds to Land Your Dream Job
Presented by Dr. Donald Asher 
One of the Original Members of the Band of Brothers
Presented by Col. Edward D. Shames
 
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