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Spring 2017 Speakers

The Spring 2017 University Speaker Series at Illinois State covered diverse topics ranging from labor workers and union rights to self-identity and depictions of visual race. Speakers will include an actress and a Pulitzer-Prize winning author.


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Author, activist, and television personality
Marc Lamont Hill
Building Community in an Hour of Chaos
5 p.m. January 20
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner 

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President and CEO of AptarGroup, Inc. 
Steve Hagge
Adapting to a Changing Marketplace 
3:30 p.m. February 23 
Center for the Performing Arts 
Keynote speaker for 2017 Business Week 

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Reverend and labor lobbyist 
Alvis Martin
Civil Right and the Labor Movement: An Alliance Built Out of Necessity
7 p.m. February 28 
Old Main Room, Bone Student Center
Black History Month speaker

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Foreign Service Officer
Thomas Hushek
The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Its Role at the State Department 
Noon March 1
Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
International Speaker Series 

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Public speaker and advocate
Matt Glowacki 
Family Guy and South Park
6 p.m. March 28
Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
Sponsored by Student Disability Network 

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North Korean policy expert and human rights advocate
Suzanne K. Scholte
The Battle for Human Rights in North Korea: Is There Any Hope for Change?
7 p.m. April 11
Escalante Room, Julia Visor Center, Hewett-Manchester residence halls
Sponsored by AsiaConnect and the Office of the President 

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher, business executive, and author
John Trautwein
A Positive Passion & Will
8 p.m. April 12
Redbird Arena 
Sponsored by the President's Office, Athletics, and State Farm 

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Author and scholar 
Mariana Ortega
Bodies of Color, Bodies of Sorrow, and Resistant Melancholia 
1 p.m. April 14
Old Main Room, Bone Student Center
22nd annual Women's and Gender Studies Symposium 

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Actress, writer and activist
Patricia Arquette
Going Global with Community Sanitation: The Story of Give Love
7 p.m. April 20
Braden Auditorium, Bone Student Center 
Keynote speaker for 2017 Science and Technology Week 

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Author and scholar 
Fredrik Logevall
Making Sense of the Vietnam War
7 p.m. April 20
Caterpillar Auditorium, State Farm Hall of Business 
2017 Robert G. Bone Distinguished Lecture 


Take a look at speakers from past years of Illinois State University Speaker Series.


2017-08-28T13:42:01.387-05:00 2017