Speaker Series

The Parlee Center regularly hosts outstanding citizen-scientists and experts on the intersection of science and society.

Upcoming Speakers

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Monday Feb 13th, 2023

Parlee Center Lecture: Karen E. Scheu

Karen E. Scheu, an assistant professor of family and community health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing—and a member of the Ursinus College Board of Trustees— specializes in immigrant health and underserved communities.
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Monday Feb 27th, 2023

Parlee Center Lecture: Valerie A. Adelson

Valerie A. Adelson is the associate director of government relations for the American Thoracic Society. In this talk, she will discuss the need for cultural and linguistic competence in health care and race-based disparities in health care.
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Monday Mar 13th, 2023

Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About The World’s Most Popular Weed

Kevin P. Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His clinical research is focused primarily on medications and behavioral interventions that might improve available treatments for those wanting to stop smoking marijuana.

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Recent Speakers

The Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good is proud to have hosted the following speakers in recent years.

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Tuesday Jan 24th, 2023

Restoring the American Dream and the American Economy through Healthcare Price Transparency

Join us for this signature lecture with Cynthia Fisher ’83, H’06. Ms. Fisher is a life science entrepreneur, philanthropist, and corporate board director. She is currently Founder and Chairman of PatientRightsAdvocate.org (PRA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on systemwide healthcare price transparency.
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Monday Nov 7th, 2022

Happening (Audrey Diwan, 2021)

Anne, an undergraduate, needs an abortion. But in 1960’s France, it’s illegal

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Monday Oct 24th, 2022

What do we do now? Dissecting the impact of overturning Roe v Wade

Carlene Allana Denis, MD, FACOG
Senior Physician, Valley Forge OBGYN
President, Medical Staff Committee, Phoenixville Hospital

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Tuesday Sep 27th, 2022

Lonely in a Crowded (Locker) Room: Science from Isolation and Inclusion

Casper Voyles, PhD
GATHER Fellow, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health

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Monday Sep 5th, 2022

Picture a Scientist

A Documentary on Women in Science
Despite the minimal news coverage, sexual harassment and gender inequality against women are no less prevalent in science than they are in pop culture and corporate America.

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Wednesday Sep 8th, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccines And Variants: Where We Are Now And The Prospects Ahead

Robert W. Doms, pathologist-in-chief at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses the latest information on COVID-19. Members of the community can watch virtually via Zoom. Register in advance.
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Tuesday Mar 23rd, 2021

Workshop on the Variety of Careers in Biology

A panel of distinguished graduates will discuss their paths to success, followed by Q & A.
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Thursday Mar 11th, 2021

The Science of Business: USciences’ MBA & The Future of Pharma

Learn about USciences MBA program, with which Ursinus has an affiliation agreement. Registration Deadline: 3/10

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Tuesday Mar 2nd, 2021

Parlee Center Speaker: COVID-19: Vaccines and Variants

Students, faculty and staff: learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines from Robert W. Doms, the pathologist-in-chief, T. Hewson Bache Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Monday Mar 2nd, 2020

New Date - Surveillance Capitalism: Artificial Intelligence And The Black Community

Mutale Nkonde is an AI policy analyst and researcher based in New York City. She is founding executive director of AI for the People (AIFTP) a nonprofit organization that uses popular culture to educate black communities about the civil rights implications of the integration of AI systems into public life.

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Wednesday Feb 26th, 2020

DATE CHANGE - Surveillance Capitalism: Artificial Intelligence And The Black Community

EVENT NOTICE: This event has been postponed to Monday, March 2 at 7:30pm in Olin Auditorium.

Mutale Nkonde is an AI policy analyst and researcher based in New York City. She is founding executive director of AI for the People (AIFTP) a nonprofit organization that uses popular culture to educate black communities about the civil rights implications of the integration of AI systems into public life.

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Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020

Is She On the List? Understanding the Role of Women Campaign Funding Groups in State Level Politics

Dr. Jamil Scott of Georgetown University presents research on the increasing numbers of Black women winning seats in local, state, and national elections in the United States
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Wednesday Feb 5th, 2020

Shoshana Zuboff: Surveillance Capitalism

Drawing from her landmark new book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power—acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal and praised in the New York Times—Zuboff outlines the consequences of putting a price on private data.
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Wednesday Nov 6th, 2019

Exxon Mobil’s Role in Climate Change Denial

Geoffrey Supran is a research associate in Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science.
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Wednesday Oct 23rd, 2019

The Impact of Climate Change on Appalacian Communities

Henderson is the co-executive director of the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee.
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Tuesday Oct 1st, 2019

For Everything There Was a Season: Retracing Craighead’s Footsteps

Scientist/guide Trevor Bloom will explain how shifts in plant and animal life cycle events reveal how climate has changed in the Greater Yellowstone Region.
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Wednesday Sep 11th, 2019

Finding the Good News on Energy and Environment

Dr. Richard Alley, a world-renown expert on ice and climate change, will present the evidence that we can build a sustainable energy system that avoids the pollution causing climate change.
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Wednesday Feb 27th, 2019

When We Hurt Migrants, We Hurt Americans

HOW SHOULD WE LIVE TOGETHER?
Journalist Claudia Kolker describes what she learned on the border about our child detention policies  – and how they are damaging the American workers who must carry them out.
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Tuesday Feb 12th, 2019

Risks of Brain Injury in High School and College Sports

SCIENCE AS A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
A panel of experts will explore what we know, and don’t know, about the risks of brain injury in high school and college sports.

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Monday Feb 4th, 2019

The Neurological Consequences of Brain Injury in Football

SCIENCE AS A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
Dr. Ann McKee will speak about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease most commonly found in athletes participating in boxing, American football, ice hockey, other contact sports, and military service.

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