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Former congressman Lee Hamilton to kickoff University Speakers Series Sept. 20

September 4, 2012

A former United States congressman and three best-selling authors headline the 2012-2013 season of the University Speakers Series at Indiana State University. They will be joined by three experts in the field of athletic training, integrative biology and nursing.

All events begin at 7 p.m. in University Hall Theater, with the exception of Jeannette Walls who will speak in Tilson Auditorium and Joel Beam, who will speak in Dede I of Hulman Memorial Student Union. The programs are free and open to the public.

Lee HamiltonSept. 20"American Foreign Policy after Iraq and Afghanistan"Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement, Political Science department and the American Democracy Project and WFIU

Hamilton represented Indiana's ninth congressional district for 34 years beginning January 1965. He served as chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired the Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. As a member of the House Standards of Official Conduct Committee, he was a primary draftsman of several House ethics reforms.

Hamilton served on the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. He was appointed to the National War Powers Commission, and served as co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, a forward-looking, bi-partisan assessment of the situation in Iraq, created at the urging of Congress. Hamilton served as vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission and co-chaired the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, established to monitor implementation of the Commission's recommendations.

He is currently a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council, the CIA External Advisory Board, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil.

He serves as co-chair of the U.S. Department of Energy's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future with General Brent Scowcroft; with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, he is co-chair of the National Advisory Committee to the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.

Hamilton is director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University. He is a graduate of DePauw University and Indiana University School of Law.

Jeannette WallsOct. 16Tilson AuditoriumAppearing in conjunction with Indiana State's Fall Read

Walls' memoir, "The Glass Castle," has been a New York Times best-seller for more than four years, has sold 3.5 million copies in the US alone, been translated into 22 languages, and is being made into a movie by Paramount. It was named one of the "Top 10 Books of the Decade" by Amazon.

In "The Glass Castle," Walls describes growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town with her three siblings and the brilliant, unorthodox, irresponsible parents who manage at once to neglect them, love them, and teach them to face their fears.

Despite all her hardships, Walls develops the determination to leave West Virginia on her own at the age of sixteen, move to New York City, enroll in Barnard College and eventually become a well-known columnist for New York magazine and and a television personality. Walls speaks about overcoming hardship and the keys to turning adversity to your advantage.

Joel BeamNov. 8Dede I, Hulman Memorial Student Union"Community-Acquired MRSA - Risk and Prevention"Appearing in conjunction with the Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation Speaker Series

Beam earned his bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, MEd from Clemson University, and EdD from the University of North Florida. He was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Florida and Clemson University prior to becoming an assistant athletic trainer and adjunct instructor at the University of Miami. Dr. Beam then served as the head athletic trainer and adjunct instructor at the University of North Florida.

He currently is a reviewer for numerous publishers, journals, and grant programs. He currently serves as an Expert Peer Referee with the Cochrane Collaboration Wounds Group. He has authored publications at the national and international levels and the textbook Orthopedic Taping, Wrapping, Bracing, and Padding. Beam's primary area of research is the effectiveness of semi-occlusive and occlusive dressings on healing rates of abrasions.

Isabel WilkersonNov. 27Co-sponsored by the Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center and the History department, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the African American Studies Program

Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, brings to life one of the greatest underreported stories of the 20th Century, a migration that reshaped modern America.

From World War I to the 1970s, some six million black Americans fled the American South for an uncertain existence in the urban North and West. They left all they knew and took a leap of faith that they might find freedom under the Warmth of Other Suns. Their leaving became known as the Great Migration. It set in motion the civil rights movement and created our cities and art forms.

"The Warmth of Other Suns" is a National Book Critics Circle Award Winner and a New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the Year.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting.

Dinesh D'SouzaJan. 23, 2013"What's So Great About America Today"Co-sponsored by the College or Arts and Sciences and WFIU

D'Souza is president of The King's College, a Christian college located in New York City, and has had a distinguished 25-year career as a writer, scholar, public intellectual and former policy analyst in the Reagan White House.

In 2002, D'Souza published his New York Times bestseller "What's So Great About America," which was critically acclaimed for its thoughtful patriotism. His 2003 book Letters to a Young Conservative has become a handbook for a new generation of young conservatives inspired by D'Souza's style and ideas. "The Enemy at Home," published in 2006, stirred up a furious debate both on the left and the right. It became a national bestseller and was published in paperback in 2008, with a new Afterword by the author responding to his critics.

Just as in his early years D'Souza was one of the nation's most articulate spokesmen for a reasoned and thoughtful conservatism, so in recent years he has been an equally brilliant and forceful defender of Christianity. "What's So Great About Christianity" not only intelligently explained the core doctrines of the Christian faith, it also explained how the freedom and prosperity associated with Western Civilization rest upon the foundation of biblical Christianity. "Life After Death: The Evidence" shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational and draws the striking conclusion that it is reasonable to believe in life after death. His newest book, "Godforsaken," takes on the difficult topic of God, suffering and evil.

Born in Mumbai, India, D'Souza came to U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983.

Kevin PadianMarch 28, 2013Appearing in conjunction with the Darwin Keynote Speaker Series

Padian is a professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, curator of Paleontology, University of California Museum of Paleontology and president of the National Center for Science Education. Padian's area of interest is in vertebrate evolution, especially the origins of flight and the evolution of birds from theropod dinosaurs.

He received a bachelor's degree in Natural Science and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. from Yale University, where he focused on the evolution of flight in pterosaurs. In addition to his work at Berkeley, Padian taught science in high school and was principal author of the California Science Framework K-12. In 2003 he received Wonderfest's Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. He was named as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

Pam BleschApril 16, 2013"Serving Through Giving: A Lifetime of Servant Leadership"Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Indiana State University Nursing Program

A former surgical nurse at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Blesch has been a nursing faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith since 1996. She is featured in "Giving through Teaching: How Nurse Educators are Changing the World." The book tells the stories of 70 nursing educators and their students who give of their time, talents and skills to help others.

Since her journey to Burundi in 1975, Blesch has continued to heed the call to serve, traveling to such countries as Senegal, Gambia, Columbia, Ecuador and Ukraine. These days, she is the nurse who inspires a new generation of students. In 2009, she took nursing students from Fort Smith to Uganda. Because she volunteers her time and provides health care in the global environment, she is often characterized - as much by her students as her colleagues - as a missionary.

In addition to addressing the medical needs of people she serves in other countries, her volunteer efforts give her the opportunity to "spread the gospel a little bit as well as impact health care." Her summer journeys are in conjunction with religious organizations, including the World Gospel Church and Southern Baptist Convention.

Blesch attended Gerstmeyer Technical High School in Terre Haute for its final two years of existence and was part of the first graduating class from Terre Haute North Vigo High School. She completed a bachelor's degree in nursing at Indiana State in 1976 and also holds a master's from ISU and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

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Contact and writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or  


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A former United States congressman and three best-selling authors headline the 2012-2013 season of the University Speakers Series at Indiana State University. They will be joined by three experts in the field of athletic training, integrative biology and

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