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Upcoming Talks


October 20 - "Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-50"
Christine Ehrick, Associate Professor of History, University of Louisville

November 17 - "Istanbul, Turkey: Cultural Crossroads"
John Dizgun, Executive Director, Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), Bowling Green, KY


Talks Already Given


September 15 - "Exploring New Zealand"

Clinton Lewis, University Photographer, WKU

April 21, 2016—"Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century"

Peter Lorge, Asst. Professor of History and Asian Studies, Vanderbilt University

March 31, 2016—"Kurdistan on the Global Stage"

Diane King, Assoc. Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky

February 18, 2016—"Iceland: Extreme Learning in the Land of Fire and Ice"

Jason Polk & Leslie North, Asst. Professors, Dept. of Geography, Western Kentucky University




November 12, 2015 - "Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan's Unending Postwar"

Akiko Takenaka, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of History, UK

October 15, 2015 - "The Queen with Six Fingers: Anne Boleyn in Fact, Fiction and Fantasy"

Susan Bordo, Otis A. Singletary Professor of Humanities, Dept. of Gender and Women's Studies, UK

September 24, 2015 - "King Kong: The First South African Musical"

Tyler Fleming, Asst. Professor, Dept. of History, UofL

April 16, 2015 - "Tibetan Folktales"

Haiwang Yuan, Professor, Dept. of Library Public Services, WKU

March 26, 2015 - presenting Xavier Bonil, Political Cartoonist, EL Universo, Quito, Ecuador

February 19, 2015 - "Architecture by Moonlight: Rebuilding Haiti, Redrafting A Life"

Paul E. Fallon, Architect, Cambridge, MA


November 20, 2014 - "Land of Pure Vision: The Sacred Geography of Tibet and the Himalaya"

David Zurick, Foundation Professor of Geography, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

November 05, 2014 - "Booktalk: Karen Petrone at the WKU Owensboro Campus"

Karen Petrone, Chair of History Department, University of Kentucky

October 23, 2014 - "Two Scottish Duchesses in the Age of Men"

Kathy Callahan, Associate Prof, Dept. of History, Murray State University, Murray, KY

September 18, 2014 - "The Moon in Your Sky: An Immigrant's Journey Home" (To Uganda)

Kate Saller, Author, St. Louis, MO

April 17, 2014 - "The Great War (World War I) in the Soviet Imagination"

Karen Petrone, Chair, Dept. of History, Univ. of Kentucky

March 27, 2014 - "Passport for Discovery"

Loup Langton, Director, School of Journalism and Broadcasting, WKU

February 20, 2014--- "Tangier Island: A Chesapeake Bay Treasure"

Katherine Pennavaria, Coordinator, Visual & Performing Arts Library, WKU



November 21, 2013 – "A Piece of the True Cross(roads) in Clarksdale, Mississippi"
Clay Motley, Associate Director, WKU Honors College

October 17, 2013 – "Devils among Angels: A Journey from Paradise and Hell to Life"
Samuel Marder, Violinist & Holocaust Survivor, New York

September 19, 2013 – "The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East"
Michael F. Cairo, Associate Professor of Political Science, Transylvania University,
Lexington, KY

April 11, 2013 - Bullets, Bribes and Intimidation: Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America
Prof. Michael Fowler and Dr. Julie Bunck, Dept. of Political Science, University of Louisville

February 14, 2013 - Buenos Aires: City of Immigrants
Dr. John Dizgun, Assistant Director, KIIS, WKU

March 21, 2013 - Alpine Expedition to Peru: Dr. John All, Dept. of Geography and Geology, and Clinton Lewis, University Photographer (WKU)


November 15, 2012 - A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwell Story of Survival
Dr. Julie H. Williams, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Samford Univ (Birmingham, AL)

October 18, 2012 - Paths to Liberation in Burmese Buddhism
Dr. Patrick Pranke, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Humanities, Univ. of Louisville

September 20, 2012 - Beyond the Ties of Blood: A Novel (about Chile)
Dr. Florencia Mallon, Head of Department of History, Univ. of Wisconsin

April 12, 2012 - "Big Game Parks of South Africa"
Michael Trapasso, Department of Geography & Geology, WKU

April 5, 2012, - "Ernest Hemingway and Spain: Or How a Land Can Attract a Man"
Ricardo Marin Ruiz, Professor, University de Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain

February 16, 2012 - "To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea"
Jid Lee, Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro


November 17, 2011 - "Gabon"
David Keeling, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

October 20, 2011 - "The Peace Corps: A Historical and Kentucky Perspective"
Jack and Angene Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Education

September 15, 2011 - "Global Health and Humanitarianism in Post-Soviet Georgia"
Erin Koch, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Kentucky

April 21 , 2011 - Bolivia and the United States: The Ties that Bind and Constrict
James Siekmeier, Dept. of History, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

March 17 , 2011 - Climbing Mt. Everest: Tibet, 2010
John All, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

February 17 , 2011 - China's Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Look at a City Called Tianjin
Haiwang Yuan, Dept. of Library Public Services, WKU


November 18, 2010 - Medelin, Colombia: A City Reborn
Holli Drummond, Dept. of Sociology WKU
John Dizgun, Kentucky Institute for International Studies

October 19, 2010 - Discoveries Underwater in the Mediterranean
John Hale, Director of Liberal Studies, University of Louisville, KY.

September 16, 2010 - Stories from Rights Movements in Ukraine
Sarah D. Phillips, Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

April 15, 2010 - Alaska
Michael Trapasso, Dept. of Geology & Geography, WKU

March 25, 2010 - The Road to Santiago
John Moore, Dept. of Foreign Languages, University of Alabama & Birmingham

February 18, 2010 - Ghana
Dr. Saundra Ardrey, Dept. of Political Sciences, WKU


November 19, 2009 - The Baker's Boy
Barry Kitterman, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN

September 17 , 2009 - Slovenia
Professor Debbie Kreitzer, Dept. of Geography and Geology, WKU

April 16, 2009 - "Viking Voyages"
Dr. Michael Trapasso, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

March 19, 2009 - "Dead Sea Scrolls"
Dr. Joseph Trafton, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion, WKU

February 19, 2009 - The Galapagos Islands
Dr. Doug McElroy, Dept. of Biology, WKU



November 20, 2008 - Robots in Space
Dr. Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution

October 16, 2008 - Cambodia
Dr. David Keeling, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

September 18, 2008 - Panama
Dr. Aristofanes Cedeno, Dept. of Spanish, University of Louisville

April 17, 2008 - Vietnam
Binh P. Le, Associate Librarian, Penn State University at Abington

March 20, 2008 - Easter Island
Dr. Michael Trapasso, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU



November 15, 2007 - Underwater Maya: "Wooden Buildings Below the Sea Floor"
Dr. Heather McKillop, William G. Haag Professor of Archaeology, Louisiana State University

October 18, 2007 - South India
Uma D. Doraiswamy, WKU Libraries

September 20, 2007 - The Sahara
Dr. David Keeling, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

April 12, 2007 - Israel
Shannon Schaffer, WKU, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion

March 22, 2007 - Ireland
Jim Flynn, WKU, Dept. of English (Ret.)

February 15, 2007 - Antarctica
Michael Trapasso, WKU Dept. of Geography & Geography


November 16, 2006 - Medieval Morocco
Prof. Ronald Messier, Vanderbilt University

October 19, 2006 - Turkey
Dr. David Keeling WKU Dept. of Geography & Geography

September 21, 2006 - Tales of the Han Chinese
Haiwang Yuan WKU Libraries

April 13, 2006 - Portugal
Dr. Shawn Parkhurst, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Louisville

March 16, 2006 - Belize

Peggy Wright and Dr. Brian Coutts, Dept. Library Public Services, WKU

February 16, 2006 - Yucatan
Dr. John Dizgun, Dept. of History, WKU


November 17, 2005 - Life and Death in Ancient Egypt
Dr. Tosha Dupras, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Central Florida

October 20, 2005 - Tanzania
Dr. David Keeling, Dept. of Geography and Geology, WKU

September 15, 2005 - Cuba
Andrew McMichael, Dept. of History, WKU

April 14, 2005 - Digging in the Holy Land
C. Thomas McCollough, Dept. of Religion, Centre College, Danville, KY

March 17, 2005 - Cyprus
Richard Keyser, Dept. of History, WKU

February 17, 2005 - Norway
Charles Bussey, Dept. of History, WKU


November 18 - Niu, Tokelau, and Nauru
Richard Deal, Dept. of Geography and Geology

October 21 - Australia
David Keeling, Head Department of Geography and Geology

September 16 - The Balkans
Burnam W. Reynolds, Prof. of History
Asbury College, Wilmore, KY

April 22, 2004 - Ecuador
David Coffey, Dept. of Agriculture

March 18, 2004 - France
Eric Reed, Dept. of History

February 19, 2004 - Nigeria
Johnston Njoku, Dept. of MLMS


November 20 , 2003 - Chile
David Keeling, Dept. of Geography

October 16, 2003 - New Zealand
Judith Hoover, Dept. of Communication

September 18, 2003 - Thailand
Janet Colbert, Dept. of Accounting & Finance

April 17, 2003,Spain
Melissa Stewart, Dept. of Modern Languages & Intercultural Studies

March 20, 2003, Belgium & The Netherlands
William Parsons & Pieter De Grez, Dept. of Economics & Marketing

Feb. 20, 2003, West Africa
Lawrence Alice, Dept. of Biology


Nov. 14, 2002, Taiwan
Robert Antony, Dept. of History

October 17, 2002, Argentina
David Keeling, Geography & Geology

September 19, 2002, Sri Lanka
Jeffrey Samuels, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion

April 18 , 2002, Scotland
Robert Hoyt, Dept. of Biology

March 21, 2002, Japan
Hideko Norman, Dept. of Psychology

February 14, 2002, India & Pakistan
Jack Montgomery & Malia Formes, Libraries and Dept. of History


November 15, 2001 - Russia
Hugh Phillips, Dept. of History

October 18, 2001 - Zanzibar
Michael Trapasso, Dept. of Geography & Geology

September 13, 2001 - Nepal
Linda Johnson, Dept. of Management & Information System

April 19, 2001 - Germany
Laura McGee, Dept. of Modern Language & International Studies

March 22, 2001 - England
Joe Glaser, Dept. of English, WKU

February 15, 2001 - Brazil
David Keeling, Dept. of Geography & Geology


November 16, 2000 - China
Haiwang Yuan, University Libraries

October 19, 2000 - Costa Rica
In memory of Prof. Richard Salisbury, Dept. of History

September 14, 2000 - South Africa
Nancy Baird, Kentucky Library

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