Six O’Clock Series

  • The Six O’Clock Series provides IUP students, employees, and community members an opportunity to learn about current issues and approach familiar topics from a new perspective.

    Programs occur on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building, unless noted otherwise. Programs end at 7:30 p.m. Check the schedule for the exact location. A listing of Six O’Clock Series events is also available as a poster (PDF file).

    All lectures are free and available to the public as well as the campus community. The lectures are targeted to an audience of college students and employees so all topics may not be appropriate for children.

  • Josh Gibson’s Negro League Tour
    February 4: Join us for this program, sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Affairs and Student Success, and learn about the Hall of Fame great Josh Gibson from the legend’s great-grandson, Sean Gibson. The program will include a special appearance by living legend and former Negro League player, Pedro Sierra.
    Business Attire Fashion Show
    February 11: Are you getting ready to interview for an internship or full-time job? Or maybe you are thinking about attending a networking event? Still not sure what business casual really means? Whatever the occasion, understanding professional attire and how to present yourself is key to making a great first impression!
    Freedom from Speech and Disempowering a Generation
    February 18: Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights on Education (FIRE), will discuss his book, “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Intentions Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.”
    Italians and the Holocaust: 80 Years On
    February 25: Eighty years ago, the Italian Government began a series of Antisemitic measures that led to Italy’s participation in the Holocaust. And yet, up until that point, many Italians had boasted that they were different from other Europeans when it came to the so-called “Jewish Question” and certainly different from their new allies in Nazi Germany.
    More Than a Feeling: Leading with Empathy
    March 4: Have you ever been irritated with a colleague who missed another meeting? Upset with someone in your group project who didn’t do their part? Frustrated with students who join the organization, but don’t pay their dues? Leading peers in organizations and on-campus jobs can be challenging, especially when they don’t do what we expect of them.
    Alumni Panel: Life and Success After IUP
    March 18: Do you ever wonder what life after IUP will be like? What career you will have, how you will get there, and what you should be doing along the way to make sure you are prepared? Join a panel of some of our successful IUP alumni as they come back to campus to share advice, tips, and stories with current students.
    Difficult Conversations from a Faith-Based Perspective
    March 25: Join the Council on Spiritual and Religious Life for a panel discussion on respectfully engaging in difficult dialogue. Panel members of different faiths will discuss how to have conversations that might not always be comfortable, but are important, and how to do so in an appropriate manner.
    Osama Alomar: A Voice from Syria
    April 1: Osama Alomar, an exiled poet/fiction writer from Syria, is currently living in Pittsburgh as a guest of City of Asylum, a home for exiled writers from around the world. His publications include “The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories” and “Fullblood Arabian” (poetry). He will share some of his poetry and fiction in relation to his life in Syria and the political situation there in the midst of oppression and war.
    The Dangers of Hate: A Panel Discussion with Holocaust Survivors and Scholars
    April 8: With the escalation of hate, this discussion about the dangers of hate is more important every day. Join Holocaust survivors and scholars and the discuss their experiences and knowledge surrounding the Holocaust and other instances of hate.
    Free Speech: What Does it Mean on a College Campus?
    April 15: Freedom of speech is not only an important individual right, it’s essential to a healthy democracy and absolutely vital to the core mission of the university. As a public university, IUP is committed to the ideals of free speech protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
    Migrant Workers, Indiana County and Beyond
    April 22: This panel discussion will focus on issues that face migrant workers in Indiana County and how they impact its local agricultural and food service industries. These issues have received little public attention and discussion, especially with regard to the local need and void of “unskilled labor” occupations that include hazardous work conditions, unskilled pay rates, and fulfilling long hours of work.