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Kent State Stark Announces 2010-11 Featured Speakers Series

Posted Aug. 13, 2010

For more than 15 years, Kent State University at Stark has been exposing the students and community members to a wide range of topics and issues that shape our society through the popular Featured Speakers Series. Join us for the 2010-11 season as we welcome humanitarian Jan Egeland; financial guru Liz Pulliam Weston; legendary rock drummer Max Weinberg; and green energy entrepreneur Jerome Ringo.
Each program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The University Center’s Timken Great Hall, located at 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township.

All lectures are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the date listed with each speaker. No phone reservations will be taken. Tickets will be limited to four (4) per person. The building will open at 6:45 p.m. prior to each event.

Jan EgelandOn Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, Jan Egeland will present “A Billion Lives – An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity.”
Humanitarian Jan Egeland began his extensive service to the United Nations in 1990 with his appointment as state secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His initiation of the emergency preparedness system provided more than 2,000 humanitarian workers to international organizations. He later served as the secretary-general’s special advisor on Colombia, prior to becoming under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. In 2006, he was appointed as special advisor to the secretary-general for conflict prevention and resolution. Currently, Egeland is director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and a professor at the University of Stavanger. Author of A Billion Lives – An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity, he has received numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts and work with peace processes and conflict resolution. Tickets for the Jan Egeland event will be available, beginning on Monday, Sept. 13, at the Main Hall Information Desk.

Liz Pulliam WestonLiz Pulliam Weston will present “Keep it Stupidly Simple: Why Money isn’t Rocket Science” on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010.
Liz Pulliam Weston, the Internet’s most read personal finance columnist and award-winning, nationally syndicated finance expert, makes the most complex money topics understandable to the average reader. She regularly writes an online column for MSN Money and authors the question-and-answer column Money Talk, which appears in newspapers throughout the country. Weston is the author of the best-selling book Your Credit Score: How to Fix, Protect and Improve the 3-Digit Number that Shapes Your Financial Future. She appears regularly on numerous television and radio programs, including NPR’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, American Public Media’s Marketplace Money and The Today Show. Tickets for the Liz Pulliam Weston event will be available, beginning on Monday, Oct. 4, at the Main Hall Information Desk.

Max WeinbergEnjoy “An Evening with Max Weinberg” on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.
Max Weinberg is one of the most visible and recorded drummers of the late 20th century. As the long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and director of the featured band on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, he has performed for millions of fans around the world, at presidential inauguration galas, the  Grammy Awards and the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dedication. Having performed with some of music’s biggest names, he played on both the first (Born in the U.S.A. by Springsteen) and second (Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf) best-selling albums in rock history. Weinberg’s Kent State Stark appearance will include a performance with a select group of the campus’s student musicians. Tickets for the Max Weinberg event will be available, beginning on Monday, Feb. 7, at the Main Hall Information Desk.


Jerome RingoJoin us for Jerome Ringo’s presentation of “The Green Economy and a Clean Energy Future” on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
Jerome Ringo’s 20 years of experience working in Louisiana’s petrochemical industry, including drilling and offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico, compelled him to educate communities on how to stop chemical discharge in their neighborhoods through environmental activism. A member of Green Group and Newsweek’s Environment and Leadership Council, he is a passionate advocate for alternative clean-energy sources and energy-efficient technology and jobs, in addition to expanding minority participation in green businesses. Ringo became the first African American to head a major conservation organization when he was elected to chair the National Wildlife Federation board of directors. He also served as president of the Apollo Alliance, an organization dedicated to freeing America of foreign oil dependency. Tickets for the Jerome Ringo event will be available, beginning on Monday, March 28, at the Main Hall Information Desk.

For additional information about the 2010-11 Featured Speakers Series, visit or contact Cynthia Williams at 330-244-3262 or

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Cynthia Williams, public relations coordinator
Office: 330-244-3262 (Canton) or 330-535-3377 ext. 53262 (Akron)
Cell: 330-283-3488                      

About Kent State University at Stark:
Kent State University at Stark is the largest regional campus of Kent State University and serves 11,000 students each year, comprised of 6,300 enrolled in academic coursework and 4,700 enrolled in professional development courses. Kent State Stark offers 15 bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees, in addition to associate degrees. The campus is located in Jackson Township and consists of six major buildings. The University Center, which houses The Corporate University and the Small Business Development Center, is accredited under the stringent guidelines of the International Association of Conference Centers. Always striving to enhance education through technological advancement, Kent State Stark features indoor and outdoor, campus-wide wireless Internet. Combining the best of a major university and a liberal arts college, Kent State Stark serves our region as a key intellectual resource providing access to academic, economic and cultural advancement through excellence in teaching and learning.