The New Lyceum Speaker Series is designed to promote intellectual exchange among NSU students, faculty, staff and the community.
Lyceum Speakers Series have included:
Ms. Joanne Grossi
Ms. Joanne Grossi serves as the Deputy Secretary of Health for Region III of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of many jobs in a distinguished career in public health on the state, national and international levels. Ms. Grossi has overseen programs to prevent tobacco use, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, and violence. Ms. Grossi earned her master’s degree in International Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and completed additional graduate education at their School of Public Health and Hygiene. She earned her B.A. in journalism at Temple University. For more information, contact Dr. Eleanor Hoy (823-8088) or Dr. Bennie Marshall (823-9015).
Dr. Peter Wallenstein
Professor of History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Dr. Peter Wallenstein is one of America’s most influential historians, especially on matters relating to Virginia and the South. His areas of expertise include Civil Rights, the history of education, and the fight against miscegenation laws. His books include Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement: White Supremacy, Black Southerners, and College Campuses; Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History; Virginia’s Civil War; Blue Laws and Black Codes: Conflict, Courts, and Change in Twentieth-Century Virginia. For more information, contact Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander (823-2268) or Dr. Ernestine Duncan (above).
Dr. Sandra Glover
Dr. Sandra Glover has been awarded grants for 6.7 million and 7.5 million dollars to conduct research in areas of health disparities and to establish the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD). The Institute facilitates academic and community partnerships to address health disparities through interdisciplinary research, education, training and service in the state of South Carolina. For more information, contact Dr. Eleanor Hoy (823-8088).
Dr. Linda James Myers
Linda James Myers is an internationally recognized scholar and cultural critic whose research merges social with natural sciences and Africana Studies with Eastern Philosophies. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. James Myers is currently a Professor at The Ohio State University, and past Dean of the Graduate School of Psychology at New College of California. For more information contact Dr. Ernestine Duncan (823-8310).
Dr. Katie G. Cannon
A pioneer in Womanist Theology and Ethics, Katie G. Cannon is the Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Dr. Cannon is the author or co-editor of six books including Teaching Preaching: Isaac R. Clark and Black Sacred Rhetoric; Katie’s Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community; Black Womanist Ethics; and the recently published anthology, The Womanist Theological Reader. For more information, contact Dr. Ernestine Duncan (823-8310) or Dr. Khadijah Miller (823-2864).
David "Sonny" Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a New York Times best-selling book by Rebecca Skloot, explores the issues raised by the successful culturing of the HeLa strain of human cells, obtained from a cervical cancer biopsy performed on a 31-year-old black woman in 1951. Mr. Lacks and other family members will offer a first-person perspective on the collision between ethics, race, and the commercialization of human tissue, explaining how the experience changed the Lacks family forever.
Kemba Smith will appear at the NSU L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center on March 1, 2012. Kemba grew up in Richmond, Virginia; however, while attending Hampton University, Kemba associated with the wrong crowd, fell in love with a drug dealer, endured a turbulent four-year relationship, and sentenced to 24.5 years in federal prison. Kemba’s case drew support from across the nation, and she was featured on CNN, Nightline, Court TV, The Early Morning Show, Donahue, Judge Hatchett, and a host of other programs. Kemba has since received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Virginia Union University, and has attended law school at Harvard.
Dr. Benjamin Carson
Dr. Benjamin Carson, a nationally renowned neurosurgeon, author, professor and director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, appeared at April 27, 2011. Dr. Carson is the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins. His life story is documented in the popular film Gifted Hands.
Michelle Alexander, a civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar, discussed the alarming impact of the high imprisonment rates of Black men on American society. Professor Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which was considered one of the top African-American books of 2010. It won the NAACP Image Award for outstanding nonfictional literary work.
Spike Lee, a notable writer, director, producer, actor and author who revolutionized both the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film, spoke at Norfolk State University’s L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. His topic, Education is the Key, emphasized the importance of higher education in America.
Dr. Ian Smith
Dr. Ian Smith, best known for his work as a medical and diet expert on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, spoke to the Norfolk State University community on the subject of Shrinking the Gap, which covered the issue of universal access to adequate healthcare for all Americans.