Guest Lecture Series
Divine Renovations: A Carpenter, His Soul Mate and Their Story of Love and Loss
Loughman Living Room
After the loss of her husband, Janice drew on her passion for writing and transformed her grief into a memoir that’s both a love story and a story that offers hope and comfort to others.
“Janice Beetle’s unflinching and brave account of how she found her footing in a world suddenly empty after the death of her beloved husband is an understanding hand extended to those on a similar path, and a reminder to the rest of us to hug all the closer those we still have with us in this life.”
Suzanne Strempek Shea, Author
“…an absorbing, poignant, compelling story that literally made me laugh and cry. It is moving, without being maudlin, honest without being confessional. And it is full of surprises. Who knew a book that deals so head-on with loss and grief could be a page turner?”
Laurie Loisel, managing editor, Daily Hampshire Gazette
Janice Beetle is a local journalist, Westfield State alumna, editor of Focus magazine, longtime internship supervisor and the owner of Beetle Press, a PR and communications firm. She has written and spoken about grief at venues and in publications across western Massachusetts. She will also be a panelist at the Write Angles conference at Mt. Holyoke College in mid-November.
Dr. Ellen Prager
Sex, Drugs and Sea Slime: The Oceans' Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter
Scanlon Banquet Hall
Book signing to follow
Dr. Prager is a well-respected marine scientist and author, widely recognized for her ability to bring science to the layperson. She focuses much of her time on bringing earth and ocean science to the public through writing, innovative partnerships and special events.
Dr. Ellen Prager takes an entertaining look at marine biodiversity, its relevance to the average person, and why ocean life and resources are now at risk.
Superboys: The amazing true-life story behind the creation of the man of steel
Time & location TBD
Brad Ricca draws on more than a decade of research for the first-ever biography of the Man of Steel’s creators. His research uncovered several mysteries associated with the lives of Siegel and Shuster, such as the origins of Superman’s costume and the real life inspiration for Lois Lane.
His award-winning documentary film, Last Son, was described in the Huffington Post as “a truly sweet and nostalgic documentary that tells the real story about how the character of Superman was created…a delight to watch.”
Dr. Ricca is a full time lecturer at Case Western Reserve, where he also received his Ph.D. in English.
Sheryl WuDunn, First-Year Read author
Half the Sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide
Scanlon Banquet Hall
“Half the Sky tackles atrocities and indignities from sex trafficking to maternal mortality, from obstetric fistulas to acid attacks, and absorbing the fusillade of horrors can feel like an assault of its own. But the poignant portraits of survivors humanize the issues, divulging facts that moral outrage might otherwise eclipse.” Irshad Manji, for the N.Y. Times, September 17, 2009
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, has special expertise in Asia, entrepreneurship, global women’s issues and philanthropy. She is co-author of three best-selling books. She is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPA from Princeton University. She lectures to a wide range of American and global audiences, and was a guest at President Obama’s state dinner for Chinese president Hu Jintao.
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