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Visiting Scholars


Sharita Ware, Middle School Engineering and Technology Teacher - Indiana's Teacher of the Year 

Photo-Mark-Nowak.jpegApril 14: 
7:00pm - 8:00pm  Keynote Lecture
HCRN, Honors Hall

The Lost Ones (Identity Lost) - Redefining Education to Empower Children

Sharita Ware, a Purdue University graduate, is in her tenth year of teaching Engineering and Technology Education to middle school students in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. Ware challenges her students with real-world, problem-based design scenarios that will help them contribute to global technology and integrated STEM. 

Dr. Anne Feuerbach, Archeologist, SUNY Nassau.

AnnF.jpgFebruary 22:
6:45-7:45pm Keynote Lecture
HCRN, Honors Hall

Innovation & Post-Pandemic Possibilities

Dr. Feuerbach is an anthropology professor at SUNY Nassau. She is an archaeological scientist who seeks to understand how cuture influences innovation. She is best known for her research on Central Asian Swords along the silk road.

Dr. William Spriggs, Economist, Howard University

January 24 : (VIRTUAL)
10:30am-12pm Panel discussion with Purdue faculty 
3:30pm-4:30pm Keynote Lecture

Labor Force Participation in the Aftermath of COVID-19 

In the first Spring 2022 Visiting Scholars Program lecture, Dr. William Spriggs, Professor of Economics at Howard University and chief economist at the AFL-CIO, will examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labor force. Once again, as in the recovery from the Great Recession, the great topic in labor studies is whether labor force participation will ever recover, and can we ever hope for 2000 levels of women's labor force participation? Additionally, Dr. Spriggs will discuss how economists model race, and the inherent issues with that modeling. He will also discuss its implications for economic policy.



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Shoshana Magnet

An Epidemic of Loneliness
Covid-19, Feminist Loneliness studies, and the importantce of Connection.

University of Ottowa Professor Shoshana Magnet is a profesor of feminist and gender studies. She works in the field of feminist loneliness studies and has authored several books including When Biometric Fail: Race, Gender and the Technology of Identity. She writes about big feelings and touchy topics like divorce, grief, anger, sadness, sexism, homophobia, and racism.

Virtual, Tuesday September 14  4:30-5:30

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Adam Howard

M. Adam Howard is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Education at Colby University in Maine. His research explores social class issues in education with a particular focus on privilege and elite education. He is the author of more than 80 publications.

In-Person, Sept. 27-29

Stone Soup Theatre

Stone Soup Theatre is neighborhood-focused theatre designed to encourage both actor and audience to participate in the creative process. Intent on teaching students the art of performance, its educational programs give young actors the tools they need to succeed on stage. 

In-Person, Oct. 13-16

Dick Covey

A former NASA astronaut, Dick Covey commanded the flight of Endeavour to service and repair the Hubble Space Telescope, a mission for which he and his crew received the National Space Club’s Goddard Trophy.

He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Space Alliance, LLC, in 2010. The company is NASA’s prime contractor for Space Shuttle and Space Station operations, including launch and recovery, mission planning and support, and astronaut training.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

In-Person, Nov. 2