Kennedy Lecture Series



Upcoming Presenters




Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, OOnt, MD, MPH


I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey of Hope for Humanitarian Transformation

Date: November 19, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Location: Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, OOnt, MD, MPH, is a Palestinian physician and an internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist. Dr. Abuelaish was the first Palestinian doctor to receive an appointment in Medicine at an Israeli hospital. Dr. Abuelaish’s internationally best-selling book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey, an autobiography that centers on the loss of his daughters and nieces in the 2009 Gaza War, has achieved critical acclaim. It has become a testament to his commitment to forgiveness as the solution to conflict and the catalyst towards peace. 

This lecture is available HERE.



Nell Irvin Painter


An Evening with Nell Irvin Painter

Date: January 26, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Location: Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

In a powerful and deeply insightful program, Painter explores issues of racial and gender identity and how they have figured into the history of America and the West. Drawing from both her extensive scholarly studies and her more recent study of visual art, Painter examines different time periods, locations, and individuals throughout Western civilization, bringing America’s rich cultural history to life on stage. Her informative and thought provoking program urges audiences to look at history beyond the lines of difference and stereotype--to literally look at her images as well—sparking a discourse that continues well after she has left the stage.



Ira Flatow

Communicating Science to a Science Challenged World

Date: February 3, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Location: Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Host and Executive Producer, Talk of the Nation: Science Friday

Veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday®, bringing radio and Internet listeners world wide a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment.  Ira is also founder and president of Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV and Internet projects that make science “user friendly.”




Scott Freiman

A Trip Through Strawberry Fields

Date: March 9, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Location: Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Scott Freiman is the CEO of Qwire which creates collaborative, cloud-based tools for people who create, supply, and manage music for film and television. Mr. Freiman is also a composer, producer, and music educator.In 2009, Mr. Freiman created Deconstructing The Beatles, a series of multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the Fab Four. Mr. Freiman has presented his lectures to sold out audiences throughout North America at theaters, museums and corporations, such as Pixar, Google, and Facebook. 

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