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Friday Forum series kicks off this week at the University YMCA

This Friday will be the first of this fall’s Friday Forum series at the University Y. The weekly lecture series gives you the opportunity to spend your lunch hour hearing from local experts about topics that are relevant to whatever is going on in our community and broader society. Here are the speakers they have lined up:

SEPTEMBER 14 – Dr. Alan Hansen, Professor and Interim Head, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois, on innovation and appropriate-scale technology approaches to rural development

SEPTEMBER 21 – Ann-Perry Witmer, P.E., M.S., and Illinois Water Scholar, Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment, University of Illinois, giving a talk entitled, “Global Development vs. Global Engagement: A contextual perspective from the field”

SEPTEMBER 28 – Dr. Assata Zerai, Associate Chancellor for Diversity and Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois, on the challenges of gendered digital divides

OCTOBER 5 – Christian Kamara, National General Secretary and CEO of the YMCA in Sierra Leone on community development through youth empowerment.

OCTOBER 12 – Maimouna Barro, Associate Director for Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

OCTOBER 19 – Dr. Noelle Sullivan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University on ethical issues and limitations in medical volunteering

OCTOBER 26 – M.J. Altman, Senior Communications Officer for the United Nations Foundation, formerly of World Food Programme USA on stories of impact and success at the U.N.

All lectures are held in Lazter Hall at 12 p.m. We wrote about the history of this series a couple of years back. 

Photo from the University YMCA website

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