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University Forum History

University Forum LogoThe University Forum began in September of 1974 as the Man, Science, and Society Lecture Series. This series was inspired by Kenneth Clark’s Civilization Series and has been associated with the Honors College from the start. The name was changed to The University Forum in fall 1978 but the mission has remained the same since the program’s inception; Forum has always sought to bring noteworthy, interesting, and inspirational individuals to the Southern Miss campus. Forum has always been dedicated to providing speakers who address the current issues of the day and provide valuable insight to those who join us for these inspiring talks. Forum has featured notable lecturers such as Gloria Steinem, Kurt Vonnegut, Bryan Stevenson, Russell Means, Lilly Ledbetter, Susan Sontag, Gordon G. Liddy, Antonin Scalia, Stan Lee, Carl Bernstein, and many more.

This list of Forum guests has been compiled using archived documents from the Honors College, The Student Printz, and the Southerner. Some details are incomplete, and we would love to know more about these gaps in our history. If you have any information, please feel free to contact us!

1974-75  1975-76  1976-77  1977-78  1978-79  1979-80  The 80s ➔

 

  1974–75

 

FALL 1974 (MAN, SCIENCE, AND SOCIETY)

Old Populism: Panel of USM History & Political Science Professors

September 12, 1974

Ray Skates was a professor history at USM and served as the chairman of the history department at the time of his talk. His special interest was in Mississippi history and 20th century US history.

Fred HarrisNew Populism
September 19, 1979

Fred Harris, a retired senator and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was a candidate for the democratic nomination for President in 1972.

 

Panel Discussion – Industrialization in Mississippi: How Much is Enough?
September 26, 1974

Student Printz, Vol. 58, issue 5. Expressed the position of business, labor, and environmentalists on the problem of balancing the economic needs of Mississippi’s relatively unspoiled climate.

Melvin KranzbergAre We Running Out of Time?
October 3, 1974

Melvin Kranzberg was an American historian best known for his laws of technology.

 

 

Bill BromeryThe Mineral Search
October 10, 1974

R.W. Bromery was the Chancellor and a professor of Geophysics at the University of Massachusetts.

 

 

Puritanism to Existentialism
October 17, 1974

Spoke about changing definition of the deity from puritanism to existentialism.

 

Science and Human Values
October 24, 1974

Editha Neumann was a USM professor who discussed the problematic relationship between man’s will to know what is and man’s moral sense of what out to be as it presents itself from ancient times to the atomic age.

 

October 31, 1974

George Pessoney was a USM professor who served as the Research Coordinator of the College of Science and Technology. His special interests included algae, cryptogamic botany, and ecology.

 

November 7, 1974

Ruth Moorman was a USM professor of foreign language whose special interests included Latin and Greek and Old French literature.

Wallace Kay was the Curriculum Director of the Honors Program whose special interest was comparative literature.

 

Loren EiseleyEvolution
November 14, 1974

Loren Eisley was an anthropologist and historian of science.

 

 

WINTER 1974-75

 No information available.

 

SPRING 1975

Turner CatledgeThe Responsibility of the Press
March 13, 1975

Turner Catledge was the former editor of the New York Times.

 

 

John SawhillThe Energy Crisis: Some Solutions
March 20, 1975

John Sawhill was the former director of the Federal Energy Administration under President Nixon.

 

 

April 3, 1975

Nicholas von HoffmanWhere Are the Political Reformers When We Need them?
April 10, 1975 

Nicholas von Hoffman was a journalist and author who was a columnist for the Washington Post and served as a CBS Commentator.

 

George GilderSexual Suicide
April 17, 1975

George Gilder is an author who wrote the novel “Sexual Suicide and the Plight of the Unmarrieds.”

 

 

Martha GriffithsThe Rights of Women
April 24, 1975

Martha Griffiths was a Congresswoman from Michigan and sponsor of the ERA.

 

 

The Middle East and the Politics of Oil
May 1, 1975

Bob Evans served as a Middle Eastern correspondent and Moscow bureau chief for CBS.

May 8, 1975

The US and the People’s Republic of China
May 15, 1975

 

  1975–1976

 

FALL 1975 (MAN, SCIENCE, SOCIETY): BICENTENNIAL THEME

Russell KirkAmerica
September 18, 1975

Russell Kirk was a conservative author who wrote and spoke about political thought, educational theory, literary criticism, foreign affairs, moral questions, and other themes. He had a syndicated column, To the Point, as well as a book titled The Conservative Mind.

 

General Douglas McArthur
October 2, 1975

Clayton James was, at the time of his lecture, a professor of history at Mississippi State University and served as a consultant to the BBC.

 

LaDonna HarrisThe History of the American Indian Movement
October 9, 1975

LaDonna Harris is a member of the Comanche tribe and a social activist. She served as the President of the Americans for Indian Opportunity and was appointed by President Johnson to the National Council on Indian Opportunity. She served as a Chairwoman of the Women’s National Advisory Council on Poverty and has long been an advocate for minority rights.

Bell Irwin WileyThe Common Soldier in the Civil War
October 16, 1975

Bell Wiley, a former USM professor, was a historian, educator, and an author. Wiley wrote about the Civil War and was Chairman of the advisory board of the National Historical Society. Wiley also served as a member of the editorial board for the Jefferson Davis Association for publishing Davis’ papers.

Eugene GenoveseSlave Experience in America
October 23, 1975

Eugene Genovese was a historian who wrote about the American South and slavery. Genovese served as the chairman of the history department at Rochester University and wrote The Political Economy of Slavery.

 

Thomas Harry WilliamsHuey Long
October 30, 1975

T. Harry Williams was a historian who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his biography of Huey Long. He was an authority on the Civil War and served as president of the Southern Historical Association.

 

Merle MillerHarry Truman: The Man and the President
November 6, 1975

Merle Miller was an author who is best remembered for his biography of Harry S. Truman.

 

William ManchesterAmerican Perspectives
November 13, 1975

William Manchester was an author, historian, and biographer who came to speak about his novel, The Arms of Krupp.

 

WINTER 1975-76

Stewart UdallThe Energy Crisis, Real or Imagined
December 11, 1975

Stewart Udall was a politician who served as the Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

 

Victor MarchettiThe CIA and the Cult of Intelligence
December 18, 1975

Victor Marchetti was a special assistant to the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He resigned in 1969 and wrote a book, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, about his experience. The book underwent court-approved censorship was later re-published with empty space marking the CIA ordered deletions.

Louis RukeyserWall Street Week
January 8, 1976

Louis Rukeyser was a financial journalist and economic commentator who hosted Wall Street Week and spoke on economic conditions with emphasis on recovery. Rukeyser was network TV’s first economic editor in the early 1970s.

Tom WolfeNew Journalist
January 15, 1976

Tom Wolfe was an author and journalist best known for his association with New Journalism, a style that emerged in the 60s and 70s and featured literary techniques.

 

Ralph NaderNuclear Power
January 22, 1976

Ralph Nader is a political activist and author, best known at the time of this appearance for his position as a leader in the antinuclear movement.

 

Max RaffertyRiddles of Education
January 29, 1976

Max Rafferty was a writer and educator who served as the California State Superintendent for two terms from 1963-1971.

 

 

John AndersonUnions
February 5, 1976

John Anderson was a Republican congressman from Illinois who spoke about unions and labor legislation. At the time of his lecture, he was Chairman of the House Republican Conference.

 

William ShockleyRichard GoldsbyDebate About Race*
February 12, 1976

William Shockley was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956 but spoke about “blacks and statistical measurements”. He was, essentially, a physicist turned eugenicist. It was stated that Shockley “will argue that statistics indicate blacks have inferior intelligence as a consequence of their genetic inheritance.” 

Richard Goldsby was a professor at the University of Maryland at the time of his lecture. He was a proponent of the view that race is biological as opposed to a social construct.

*There was significant backlash from students and faculty over Shockley. Richard Goldsby was rescheduled from Spring Quarter to debate Shockley.

Les WhittenFebruary 19, 1976

Les Whitten was an investigative journalist who worked with noted columnist Jack Anderson. He wrote about financial corruption on the part of senators and congressmen as well as giant corporations and political committees. He was arrested by the FBI for allegedly possessing secret government documents related to the Bureau of Indian Affairs that started a debate about the United States government’s suppression of news. 

 

spring 1976

E.L. DoctorowRagtime
March 18, 1976

E.L. Doctorow was a writer was best known for his works of historic fiction. His lecture was about his novel, Ragtime, which was later adapted into a film. He taught at Sarah Lawrence.

 

Martha GriffithsHow Congress Really Works
March 25, 1976

Martha Griffiths was a former congresswoman and a sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment. This was her second visit to USM.

 

 

The Piano in America: A Love Affair
April 1, 1976

At the time of this lecture, David Duvall was the music director of WNCN as well as a writer., and Stanley Waldoff was a professor of music at USM. This Forum was the first musical performance featured in the Forum series.

 

Charles EversThe Future of Blacks in Mississippi Politics
April 22, 1976

At the time of his lecture, Charles Evers was the mayor of Fayette as well as a leader of the NAACP. He was known for leading boycotts against white merchants in 1965 in Natchez and Fayette.

 

W.D. SnodgrassPoetry
April 29, 1976

W.D. Snodgrass was a poet who won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

 

 

Pat BuchananThe New Majority
May 6, 1976

Pat Buchanan is a conservative political commentator who served as a speechwriter and political assistant for President Nixon. Buchanan also worked for Presidents Ford and Reagan.

 

 

Kenneth BouldingThe Next 200 Years
May 13, 1976

Kenneth Boulding, at the time of his lecture, was an economist on the staff of the League of Nations and served as the Director of the Center for Research in Conflict Resolution.

 

 

 

  1976-1977

 Fall 1976

Frank ChurchA Democrat Views the 76 Elections
September 16, 1976

Frank Church unsuccessfully campaigned for the democratic nomination for President in 1976. He was a former Idaho senator as well as the chairman of the Senate investigation of the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

 

Eugene McCarthyAn Independent Candidate for President Speaks on the Issues
September 23, 1976

At the time of his lecture, Eugene McCarthy was an independent presidential candidate and former senator of Minnesota. He was a member of the Agriculture Committee as well as the Ways and Means Committee and the founder of the Democratic Study Group.

 

Strom ThurmondA Republican Views the 76 Election
September 30, 1976

Strom Thurmond ran as the National States’ Rights Party’s candidate for president in 1948, served as a senator and was the first person ever elected to a major office in a write-in campaign.

 

John ConyersBlack Politics
October 7, 1976

At the time of his lecture, John Conyers was a member of the House Judiciary Committee and was a liberal voice in Congress on civil rights who openly opposed Vietnam. He introduced an article of impeachment in 1974 for the secret war in Cambodia.

 

Trent LottGerald BlesseyA Political Forum
October 14, 1976

This Forum featured a debate between republican incumbent Trent Lott and Gerald Blessey, his democratic opponent who served in the Mississippi Legislature and was president of the Biloxi Bar Association.

 

Henry AbrahamThe Presidency and the Threshold of the Last Quarter of the Century
October 21, 1976

Henry J. Abraham was, at the time of his lecture, a professor at the University of Virginia who wrote about the government and the judicial system. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Studies at UV and was a consultant to the US Senate Subcommittee on Separation of Powers.

William WestmorelandAre We A Second-Rate Power?
October 28, 1976

William Westmoreland was a United States Army general, former Army Chief of Staff and Commander of the US Military Forces in Vietnam. He was highly decorated and retired after 36 years in the military as Chief of Staff, the highest position in the Army. Following his time in the Army, he became chairman of South Carolina’s Governor’s Task Force for Economic Growth.

William ProxmireBetter Ways to Spend Tax Dollars
November 3, 1976

William Proxmire was elected to the Senate to fill the slot opened by the death of Joseph McCarthy and became the first person in US Senate history to cast 3,000 straight roll call votes without missing one. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of its subcommittee on housing and urban development-space-science as well as a member of the subcommittee on labor-health, education and welfare, and related agencies.

High SideyThe Presidency: The Next Four Years
November 11, 1976

Hugh Sidey was a journalist who wrote about important national and international events such as President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972 and the Kennedy Assassination.

 

 

winter 1976-77

Dale BumpersA Southern Senator in the New South
December 9, 1976

At the time of his lecture, Dale Bumpers was a senator from Arkansas who was elected in 1974 after unseating William Fulbright. He served a term as governor of Arkansas prior to that.

Maynard JacksonThe New South
December 16, 1976

At the time of his lecture, Maynard Jackson was the mayor of Atlanta. He was the first black mayor of Atlanta and the youngest person ever (at the time) to hold Atlanta’s highest executive office.

Gil CarmichaelThe Role of the South in the Presidential Election
January 6, 1977

Gil Carmichael was a Mississippi businessman who was the Mississippi Republican Party’s nominee for the US Senate in 1972 and nominee for governor in 1975.

Hodding Carter IIIThe Journalist and the New South
January 13, 1977

Hodding Carter is a journalist who was the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President Jimmy Carter.

Norman GoldsteinTeamsters
January 20, 1977

At the time of his lecture, Normal Goldstein was a nationally known member of the Teamsters Union and was the assistant director of organizing for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Douglas KikerThe South and Transition
January 27, 1977

Douglas Kiker was a Washington Correspondent for NBC and a Washington editor for the Today Show.

Dr. Sheldon HackneyThe South as a Counter-Culture
January 27, 1977

At the time of his lecture, Dr. Sheldon Hackney was the president of Tulane as well as the president of the Council of Southern Universities.

Michael CodyThe Direction of the New South
February 10, 1977

At the time of his lecture, Michael Cody was an attorney and former Memphis city council member.

Design and Popular Values: Will the New South Be Southern
February 17, 1977

At the time of his lecture, Jay Rodney Little was a historian from Florida State University who worked as a historic preservationist for the Florida Department of State. 

 

SPRING 1977

George LeonardFuture Man
March 17, 1977

At the time of his lecture, George Leonard was the senior editor of Look Magazine and wrote about education, race relations, science, politics, and art. He was a social commentator who wrote The Decline of the American Male.

Buckminster FullerThe Future of Planet Earth
March 24, 1977

Buckminster Fuller visited USM twice as a guest of Forum. He was an architect and designer.

 

 

David GerroldThe Future Isn't What It Used to Be
March 31, 1977

David Gerrold is a science fiction screenwriter who is famous for writing The Trouble with Tribbles, a Star Trek episode. In addition to Star Trek, Gerrold wrote for various other science fiction television shows and served as the story editor for Land of the Lost.

Cater HeywardFuture Church
April 14, 1977

Reverend Carter Heyward is a priest in the Episcopal Church and was part of the Philadelphia Eleven, 11 women ordained in 1974 who paved the way for recognition of women as priests in 1976.

 

Richard WilburThe Poetry of Richard Wilbur
April 21, 1977

Richard Wilbur was a poet and literary translator who won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in both 1957 and 1989.

 

 

David C. JonesFuture Defense
May 5, 1977

At the time of his lecture, David C. Jones was the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 

Liz CarpenterThe American Woman: Where is She Now and Where is She Going?
May 12, 1977

At the time of her lecture, Elizabeth Carpenter was a journalist and the past president of the Women’s National Press Club.

 

  1977-78

 

FALL 1977

Raymond MoodyLife After Life: Near Death Experiences
September 13, 1977

During his lecture, Raymond Moody spoke about his experiences interviewing hundreds of people who had near death experiences.

 

Stan LeeComic Books and the World Around Us
September 20, 1977

Stan Lee was a comic book writer who co-created Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Ant-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and Black Panther, among others. He served as a public face of Marvel for many years and spoke about his belief in more realistic, engaging comics.

Les WhittenCarter’s First 300 Days in Office
September 27, 1977

This was Les Whitten’s second visit to USM as a Forum Guest. He spoke about President Jimmy Carter’s first 300 days in office and Mississippi issues.

 

Dr. Joyce BrothersLove ‘77
October 4, 1977

At the time of this lecture, Dr. Joyce Brothers was a newspaper columnist and a psychologist.

 

 

Luigi ZaninelliThe Piano and American Popular Music
October 11, 1977

At the time of this lecture, Luigi Zaninelli was a professor of music at USM as well as a composer.

 

Harlan EllisonAn Evening with Harlan Ellison
October 18, 1977

Harlan Ellison was a writer best known for his work on Star Trek, Outer Limits, and The Alfred Hitchcock Show.

  

The Role of Polling in American Democracy
November 1, 1977

At the time of his lecture, Tom Reinken was the editor of the Gallup poll.

WINTER 1977/78: The University Program Series: Man, Science, and Society

Heywood Hale BrounBroun at Large
December 6, 1977

At the time of his lecture, Heywood Hale Broun was a sports essayist who delivered weekly sports reports for CBS weekend news programs and occasional reports for the Walter Cronkite news program. He was also a character actor on and off Broadway and wrote a book about theatre and sports called A Studied Madness.

Charles KuraltThe America I’ve Seen
December 13, 1977

At the time of his lecture, Charles Kuralt was a CBS News correspondent, best known for On the Road.

 

 

Frances "Silly" FarentholtWomen: The Questioning Caste
January 3, 1978

Frances Farenthold became the first female president of Wells College and served two consecutive terms in the Texas House of Representatives. She finished second in the race for Governor of Texas in 1972 and became the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for vice president of the United States the same year. She also served as chairperson of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Robert TriversSocio-biology and Its Implications
January 10, 1978

Robert Trivers presented a gene-based view of social behavior and applied it to humans.

 

Hans Richter, Dada filmmakerA Collection of Dada Films
January 17, 1978

This Forum was part of the USM German Culture Series sponsored by the USM Department of Foreign Languages and the Goethe Institute in Atlanta.

Dadaism was a nihilistic movement that started following WWI and continued into the 1920s. Hans Richter was an important figure and excerpts from his films Ghosts Before Breakfast, Rhythm 21, Symphonie Diagonale, Inflation, Everything Turns, Race Symphony, and Two-Penny Magic were shown.

Jack FordThe Lure of the Outdoors
January 24, 1978

At the time of his lecture, Jack Ford was the assistant publisher of Rolling Stone and on the staff of their spin-off publication, Outside. He was a Park Ranger at Yellowstone and then a member of the US Forest Service Fire fighting crew. He later joined Jacques Cousteau’s crew for joint NASA-Cousteau research project and was a member of the Advisory Committee to the EPA. He also happened to be the son of President Ford.

Phyllis SchlaflyWhat’s Wrong with the ERA Amendment
January 31, 1978

Phyllis Schlafly was a conservative columnist and commentator who wrote a nationally syndicated column, the Schlafly Report, and appeared regularly on CBS’ Spectrum. She was the unofficial leader of the anti-ERA forces and an opponent of militant feminists. She appeared in numerous debates with leading feminists and proponents of the ERA and called the ERA, “a fraud, a foolish search for impossible equality.” 

 

SPRING 1978

Ruth WarrickAll My Children: An Actress in the World of Daylight Drama
March 14, 1978

Ruth Warrick played Phoebe Tyler on All My Children and Orson Wells’ wife in Citizen Kane. She received an Emmy nomination for her role as Hannah Cord in Peyton Place and performed on Broadway.

Dorothy VitalianoGeomythology 
March 21, 1978

At the time of her lecture, Dorothy Vitaliano was a geologist who worked for the Translation Center of the US Geological Survey. Her lecture featured myths and folklore that have been intertwined with geological events such as Lost Atlantis and Noah’s Great Flood.

Geoffrey AsheIn Search of Arthur’s Britain 
March 28, 1978

Geoffrey Ashe is a cultural historian who spoke about the Arthurian legends and historical truth in them.

 

John CiardiThe Creative Act
April 4, 1978

John Ciardi was an author and poet who spoke about the essentials of poetry.

 

Margaret SingerIn and Out of the Cults
April 11, 1978

Margaret Singer was a philosophy/psychology expert who was a key witness at the Patty Hearst trial. Her lecture featured a discussion about cults and how they integrate people. She also spoke about the effect of a cult on people and how long it takes them to get back to normal.

Elaine de KooningBull Fighting and the Brush 
April 18, 1978

Elaine de Kooning was an artist who was best known for her portraits of public figures. In her lecture, she spoke about her work and how badly the Kennedy assassination affected her (she had followed him for a year and painted him. She stopped painting for a year after his death).

Gerald K. O'NeillThe Colonization of Space
April 25, 1978

Gerard O’Neill was a physicist and space activist who described what a space colony would look like and how it would be built.

Vincent PersichettiDevelopment of American Music
May 2, 1978

Vincent Persichetti was a contemporary American composer and pianist who traced the development of American music as opposed to European traditional music through both words and notes by speaking and performing.

  1978-79

 

FALL 1978

Sir Harold WilsonEuropean Communism
September 19, 1978 

Sir Harold Wilson was a British politician who served two terms as the Prime Minister of Great Britain

Robin CookWhy a Physician Turns to Writing
September 26, 1978 

Dr. Robin Cook is a physician and author who writes about medicine and public health.

Willie MorrisA Mississippi Writer Views the South
October 3, 1978 

Willie Morris was a Mississippi native, author, editor in chief of Harper’s Magazine the youngest in the magazine’s history at the time.

Tommy HeinsohnThe Rise and Fall of Professional Sports
October 10, 1978 

Tom Heinsohn was a former head Coach of the Boston Celtics who wrote about money in sports at the time of his lecture.

Paul GannProposition 13: An Overview
October 17, 1978

Paul Gann was the co-sponsor of Jarvis-Gann Amendment to the California State Constitution.

Thad Cochran

COCHRAN

Maurice Danton

DANTIN

Charles Evers

EVERS

Henry Kirksey

KIRKSEY

Mississippi Senatorial Race
October 24, 1978 

This event was a discussion between Thad Cochran, Maurice Dantin, and Charles Evers, and Henry Kirksey.

The Mississippi Penal System
November 7, 1978

Panel: Ron Welch defense attorney, Jon Weathers Forrest County DA, Robert Huggins Chairman of the Corrections Appropriations Committee in the MS House of Rep, Morris Thigpen Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Corrections in Mississippi

Clarence Clyde Ferguson November 14, 1978  International Protection of Human Rights

At the time of this lecture, Clarence Clyde Ferguson was a Harvard Law professor and former US Representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nation. Ferguson was also the deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and United States Ambassador to Uganda.

Clarence Clyde FergusonInternational Protection of Human Rights
November 14, 1978

At the time of this lecture, Clarence Clyde Ferguson was a Harvard Law professor and former US Representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nation. Ferguson was also the deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and United States Ambassador to Uganda.

 

SPRING 1979

Howared NemerovSelections from the Poetry of Howard Nemerov with Commentary
January 16, 1979

At the time of this lecture, Howard Nemerov was the poet in Residence at Hollins College and an English professor as well as a celebrated contemporary poet. He also served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and won a Pulitzer Prize.

Nikki GiovanniThe Way I Feel
January 30, 1979 

Nikki Giovanni is a poet, author, and activist who was a foremost author of the 1960s Black Arts Movement.

 

 

Ed McGowinContemporary Art in America
February 6, 1979

Ed McGowin is a Hattiesburg native and an artist.

 

 

John  FaulkHenryTales of Early American Folklore
February 20, 1979

John Henry Faulk was a writer and the featured story-teller on the TV show Hee Haw. He was also a radio host on CBS until he was labeled a Communist Sympathizer and was blacklisted from employment in the media. However, Faulk fought back through legal action and successfully ended the blacklist. He wrote a book called Fear on Trial about his experience which was adapted for a TV drama on, ironically, CBS.

Julian JaynesCreativity and the Bicameral Mind
March 13, 1979 

Julian Jaynes spoke about his interest in the origins and nature of consciousness or awareness and his book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

 

 

Karel HusaMusic as Manifest for Freedom and for Preservation of Man
March 20, 1979

Karel Husa was a conductor, compose who won a Pulitzer Prize for Composition in 1969.

 

 

The Roots of Jazz
March 27, 1979

This Forum was a performance of jazz music with narration focusing on the origins and development of Dixieland Jazz.

Featuring: Charles Wicker, Howard Jones, Bob Smith, Dan Wright, Jamie Foshee, David Nicholson, and Linda Foshee.

 

John BarthSelected Readings with Commentary
April 3, 1979

At the time of this lecture, John Barth was an English professor and an author whose book, Chimera, won the National Book Award for fiction.

 

 

  1979-80 

 

FALL 1979

Edgar BermanA Physician Looks at National Health
September 25, 1979  

“Hospital is a contradiction of terms  there is nothing hospitable about them.”

 

At the time of this lecture, Dr. Edgar Berman was a surgeon who wrote “The Solid Gold Stethoscope” He was a past president of Medic and regularly appeared on late night TV. During his lecture, he spoke about health care inflation and how most doctors were in the profession for money and prestige.

Benjamin HooksWhat Bakke and Weber Decisions Mean
October 2, 1979

At the time of his lecture, Benjamin Hooks was the executive director of the NAACP and the first and only black member of the FCC at the time. He spoke about the Bakke case and stated that the popular interpretation of it was that affirmative action was leading to reverse discrimination against white men.

Jerry RubinTwenty Year Change: 60s Activism, 70s Awareness
October 16, 1979

Jerry Rubin was a social activist and counterculture icon who was an early organizer of anti-Vietnam efforts. He co-founded the Youth International Party and was a member of the Chicago Seven.

William WinterGil Carmichael

 

 

 

 

 

Political Forum 
October 23, 1979

Barry CommonerNuclear Power? No!
October 30, 197

At the time of his lecture, Barry Commoner was an advocate of environmental safeguards and a critic of nuclear power. He pushed for the implementation of solar power and argued that oil was too expensive, nuclear was too dangerous; solar was the only way to go. He also argued that it had to be done so that not only the rich benefitted from solar power and the poor took the brunt of the rise in costs for other power. He argued that plants must be suited to the needs of the community they were set in.

Norman RasmussenNuclear Power? Yes!
November 6, 1979

At the time of his lecture, Norman Rasmussen was the head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT and the former Director of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency’s 1972-75 study to evaluate the risks from nuclear reactor incidents. He argued that nuclear power was the only way to go as geothermal and solar energy were still in their infancy. Further, he argued that solar cost more than nuclear and that nuclear wasn’t perfectly safe but reasonably safe. 

George SheehanRunning, the Total Experience
November 13, 1979

At the time of his lecture, George Sheehan was a physician and member of the Department of Electrocardiology and Stress Testing at Riverview Hospital in New Jersey. He was also the medical editor of Runner’s World.

Sonny MontgomeryIs the Draft Inevitable?
November 27, 1979

At the time of his lecture, G.V. Sonny Montgomery was a congressman from Meridian, Mississippi and served on the US House of Representatives Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees. He was the chairman of the House Select Committee on Missing Persons in Southeast Asia and wanted to reinstate the draft.

 

SPRING 1980

 

Ramsey ClarkThe Crisis in Iran
January 29, 1980

Ramsey Clark was the Attorney General of the United States during the Johnson administration and was a leading human rights advocate as well as a critic of the government of the Shah of Iran. He met with Ayatollah Khomeini in France before his return to Iran and President Carter sent him to Iran as a special envoy in the early stages of the Iranian Crisis but the mission was abandoned when the Ayatollah refused to receive him.

Wilma RudolphThe Black Experience in American Athletics
February 12, 1980

Wilma Rudolph was the first and only American woman to win three Olympic gold medals in one Olympiad at the time of her lecture. She was a childhood victim of Polio who overcame its effects and went on to become one of the greatest woman runners in the world. She was chosen twice as the US Woman Athlete of the Year and was a James E. Sullivan award winner who served on the US Olympic Committee for the 1976 games and was active in the Special Olympic program.

Peter JenkinsAmerica
February 19, 1980

Peter Jenkins is best known for his five-year walk across America. During his journey, he wrote for National Geographic and wrote a book called Walking Across America.

Garry WillsConfessions of a Conservative
February 26, 1980

At the time, Garry Wills was a nationally syndicated conservative columnist who wrote “Outrider.”

Harold MendelsohnAwareness, Anxiety, Assurance: Crisis Communication and the Consequences
March 4, 1980

At the time, Harold Mendelsohn was a social psychologist and the Director of the University of Denver’s Center for Mass Communications. He received two Emmys for his efforts to use television to educate disadvantaged sub-populations.

 

Scott rmstrongThe Brethren: A Look Inside the Supreme Court
March 25, 1980

At the time of his lecture, Scott Armstrong had served as a consultant on prison reform for several state governments and worked with the Washington Post. He also served as an investigator for the Senate Watergate Committee.

Pat BuchananThe Presidential Scramble
April 8, 1980

Nationally syndicated columnist, author, and radio and television personality. Was a speech writer, political strategist, and special assistant to President Nixon and served briefly as special consultant to President Ford.

Melvin KranzbergEnergy: Are We Running out of Time?
April 22, 1980

History of technology, helped establish and develop the field. Founder of the Society for the History of Technology and was the editor of the journal Technology and Culture.

 

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