Academic Festival kicking off with well known speakers, events

By Karlee Dies
News Editor/Spectator

It’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung. Flowers are growing and education is blooming. The Academic Festival will kick off on March 31 and continues through April 3.

The festival will feature numerous events from all different ends of the academic realm throughout the week. The festival will open with a faculty reception in the Alexander Music Center, featuring a musical Operaperta Duo, Alessio Olivieri and Elisa Ramon, on Monday, March 30.

Below, you’ll find a few highlights of the festival, according to a press release:

  • Dr. Jerra Jenrette, department of history, anthropology, and world languages, will present “Reflections on Hitler, Nazis and the Holocaust: Interviews with Four German Children of the World War II Era,” on March 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room A.
  • Kathleen Dailey, Ed.D., and Jessica Fuda Daddio, Ed.D., department of early childhood and reading, along with student Leah Stearns will present “The Importance of Reflection on Teaching and Student Learning” in order to provide educators with a forum for examining their own reflective practices and implications for instruction, student learning and development of metacognitive skills. This will occur on March 31 from 3:304:45 p.m. in Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room B.
  • Dr. Baher Ghosheh and Dr. Ronald Spiller, department of geosciences and department of history, anthropology, and world languages, will present “ISIS: Terrorism and Instability in the Middle East” on March 31 from 5-7 p.m. in Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room A.
  • Dr. Anne Quinn, department of mathematics and computer science will present an insight into the technology behind her April 2015 article on graph theory in the “Mathematics Teacher” on April 1 from 10-10:50 a.m. in Pogue Student Center, Room 309.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Bartone, department of English and philosophy will read from his recent novel, “Infinite Drift,” and lead a discussion on creative writing and publishing. This will take place on April 1 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Pogue Student Center Scot Cinema.
  • Visiting Fulbright scholar Hamdi Echkaou will offer an analysis of revolutionary discourse in cyberspace in Morocco during the Arab Spring on April 1 from 11-11:50 a.m. in the Pogue Student Center, Room 303B.
  • Dr. Jane Messier, department of speech and hearing sciences, will present “Facilitating Language Acquisition in Children with Cochlear Implants Using Electronic Storybooks,” April 1 from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Pogue Student Center, Room 143.
  • Professor Umeme Sababu, department of history, anthropology and world languages, will serve as a moderator for “Black and Blue: I Can’t Breathe Because Black Lives Do Not Matter,” a panel discussion dealing with the historical and sociological issues surrounding numerous current events and the problem of policing the black community on April 1 from 7-9 p.m. in Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room A.     
  • EU alumni Justin Holt, Jason Kane, Christopher Leonard and Charlotte “Charlie” Sternby will return to Edinboro to read from their literary creations on April 3 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center Scot Cinema.
  • Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Randall Silvis (“Dead Man Falling,” “An Occasional Hell”) will read from his three latest novels and discuss the writing process on April 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center Scot Cinema.

In addition to these speakers, the festival will include the Second Annual Celebration of Scholarship on April 1 from 1-5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Rooms A and B in the Pogue Student Center. The Celebration of Scholarship showcases research done by Edinboro’s undergraduate and graduate students. Presentations will be judged and awards will be presented by a panel of university faculty members.

Also, a prominent speaker for the Academic Festival week is author and Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tom McMillan. He will speak on April 2 from 7-9 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A in the Pogue Student Center about his book called, “Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11.” 

Several other events are expected at the Academic Festival, as well, including the presentation of several undergraduate and master’s degree-seeking students’ coursework and master’s theses.

“It is our sincere desire that this event is an opportunity for the university community to present, share and promotes the academic accomplishments of its students, faculty and staff. We look forward to seeing you at many of the events during the festival,” said Sababu.

For the complete schedule, check out http://www.edinboro. edu/academicfestival or call Professor Sababu, at 732-1231.

Karlee Dies is the news editor for the Spectator. She can be reached by