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The University of Mount Union Announces 2022-2023 Lecture Series

September 06, 2022

The University of Mount Union is proud to announce the upcoming 2022-2023 Lecture Series. Each year, Mount Union is proud to sponsor a lecture series made up of several lectureships and events for students, faculty and community members to enjoy. These events provide learning across disciplines, bringing new perspectives and ideas to campus from places throughout the world. All lectures are free and open to the public.

To kick-off the lecture series, Michael Crawford will present the Heffern Lecture. Crawford is the chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer for Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company. Prior to leading the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company, Crawford worked with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Company and spent almost 25 years at the Walt Disney Company. He will present “Building a Team Culture to Meet Any Challenge” on September 8 at 7 p.m. in Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

The Wolf Lecture will feature writer and activist E. Ethelbert Miller. Miller is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry. He served as the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States, and is a two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel. Miller is host of the weekly WPFW morning radio show “On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller” and host and producer of “The Scholars” on UDC-TV. The lecture, titled “Writing Poetry and Asking Questions: The Journey of an African American writer” will be held on October 14 at 7 p.m. in Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

Actor John Andrew Morrison will present the Eckler Lecture. Morrison won a Lucille Lortel and an OBIE Award for his work in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical “A Strange Loop.” He is a member of Musical Theater Factory in New York and has collaborated on the development of new musicals through this. Morrison will present “Connecting the dots backwards: Reflections on inner guidance, mentors, failures and triumphs in building an authentic acting career” on October 24 at 7 p.m. in Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

The Slater Lecture features Paul Iversen, associate professor, and chair of classics at Case Western Reserve University. Iversen has worked with one of the world’s most foremost Greek epigraphers who invited him to work on the Packard Humanities Greek Epigraphy Project – a project to create a searchable database of all ancient Greek inscriptions. He will present “The Antikythera Mechanism and Greek Hellenistic Astronomy and Engineering”. The Slater Lecture will be held on February 28 at 7 p.m. in Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

The Faculty Lecture will be presented by Mount Union’s Dr. Melissa Askren Edgehouse, professor of education. Askren Edgehouse co-leads the Accreditation Coordinators' Group in Ohio and is president-elect of the Ohio Association of Private Colleges for Teacher Education (OAPCTE). Askren Edgehouse was the recipient of Mount Union's 2022 Distinguished Service Award and has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2009. She will present “Covid and EdTech: How a Pandemic Forever Changed the Way We Teach” and Learn on March 14 at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall, Cope Music Hall.

The 2023 Schooler Lecture will feature a moderated discussion with mental health advocates Ginger Zee and Dan Harris. Zee, the chief meteorologist at ABC News and the managing editor of ABC’s Climate Unit, put a very relatable if surprising face on depression, helping to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health issues, through her books “Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One.” and “A Little Closer to Home: How I Found the Calm After the Storm.” Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling book “10% Happier,” a book about a fidgety, skeptical news anchor who stumbles upon meditation. He has become a leading voice for pushing for the practice into the mainstream and has spoken about the topic across corporations, health and wellness organizations, and schools and universities. “10% Happier” is available as a meditation app and in podcast form. Harris’ most recent book, “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics,” is also on the best-selling list.

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