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Fall 2021 Speaker Schedule

Jodi KantorJodi Kantor

September 14, 2021
6:30 p.m.
Online Only (link below)

Jodi Kantor is a best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter whose work reveals “hidden truths” about gender, power, economics, and politics in America. In 2017, Kantor and fellow reporter Megan Twohey broke the story about allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. This work helped spark the #MeToo movement and, along with a team of reporters from The New York Times, earned Kantor the Pulitzer Prize for public service, journalism’s highest award. In 2019, Kantor and Twohey recounted their race to expose Weinstein in She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement. A film based on this book is currently in the making. In addition to her reporting about sexual harassment and abuse, Kantor is well-known for writing about President Barack Obama’s personal and professional life in her 2012 book The Obamas.


William SturkeyWilliam Sturkey

October 12
6:30 p.m.
Bennett Auditorium and Online (A Zoom Webinar link will be posted the week before the event.)

William Sturkey is a historian whose scholarship examines race in the American South in the post-Civil War period. Sturkey is the author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White, a sweeping biracial history of Hattiesburg during the Jim Crow era.  In 2020, Hattiesburg won the Zócalo Public Square Book Prize. Currently, Sturkey is working on a biography of the Vietnam War hero, Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez.

William Sturkey is an associate professor at The University of North Carolina. He serves on the Faculty Advisory Board of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South and in 2020 he was awarded UNC’s Hettleman Prize for outstanding early career achievement. He received his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  Prior to working at UNC, he was a visiting assistant professor at Southern Miss. Dr. Sturkey’s Forum address is co-sponsored by Twin Forks Rising Community Development Corporation.

University Forum: William Sturkey

October 12, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Webinar ID: 836 3040 3059
Passcode: UnivForum


David Wallace-Wells

David Wallace-Wells

November 2
6:30 p.m. 
Bennett Auditorium and Online (A Zoom Webinar link will be posted the week before the event.)

David Wallace-Wells is a science journalist and a New York Times bestselling-author whose writing focuses on climate change, the impact it will have on our lives, and what we can do to mitigate the crisis. His book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, was named one of the best books of 2019 by The New York Times, GQ, the New Yorker, and Time magazine. An HBO Max series featuring a series of fictional stories about the world’s future inspired by The Uninhabitable Earth is currently in the works. Wallace-Wells is Deputy Editor at New York magazine, a regular contributor to New York and the Guardian, co-host of the podcast 2038, and a National Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is an alumnus of Brown University.

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