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Literary Events: Far Away Places with Strange Sounding Names

Upcoming Talks


September 24, 2015 - "King Kong: The First South African Musical"

Tyler Fleming, Asst. Professor, Dept. of History, UofL

October 15, 2015 - "The Queen with Six Fingers: Anne Boleyn in Fact, Fiction and Fantasy"

Susan Bordo, Otis A. Singletary Professor of Humanities, Dept. of Gender and Women's Studies, UK

November 12, 2015 - "Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan's Unending Postwar"

Akiko Takenaka, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of History, UK



Talks Already Given


April 16, 2015 - "Tibetan Folktales"

Haiwang Yuan, Professor, Dept. of Library Public Services, WKU
March 26, 2015 - presenting Xavier Bonil, Political Cartoonist, EL Universo, Quito, Ecuador

February 19, 2015 - "Architecture by Moonlight: Rebuilding Haiti, Redrafting A Life"

Paul E. Fallon, Architect, Cambridge, MA



November 20, 2014 - "Land of Pure Vision: The Sacred Geography of Tibet and the Himalaya"

David Zurick, Foundation Professor of Geography, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

November 05, 2014 - "Booktalk: Karen Petrone at the WKU Owensboro Campus"

Karen Petrone, Chair of History Department, University of Kentucky

October 23, 2014 - "Two Scottish Duchesses in the Age of Men"

Kathy Callahan, Associate Prof, Dept. of History, Murray State University, Murray, KY

September 18, 2014 - "The Moon in Your Sky: An Immigrant's Journey Home" (To Uganda)

Kate Saller, Author, St. Louis, MO

April 17, 2014 - "The Great War (World War I) in the Soviet Imagination"

Karen Petrone, Chair, Dept. of History, Univ. of Kentucky

March 27, 2014 - "Passport for Discovery"

Loup Langton, Director, School of Journalism and Broadcasting, WKU

February 20, 2014--- "Tangier Island: A Chesapeake Bay Treasure"

Katherine Pennavaria, Coordinator, Visual & Performing Arts Library, WKU



November 21, 2013 – "A Piece of the True Cross(roads) in Clarksdale, Mississippi"
Clay Motley, Associate Director, WKU Honors College

October 17, 2013 – "Devils among Angels: A Journey from Paradise and Hell to Life"
Samuel Marder, Violinist & Holocaust Survivor, New York

September 19, 2013 – "The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East"
Michael F. Cairo, Associate Professor of Political Science, Transylvania University,
Lexington, KY

April 11, 2013 - Bullets, Bribes and Intimidation: Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America
Prof. Michael Fowler and Dr. Julie Bunck, Dept. of Political Science, University of Louisville

February 14, 2013 - Buenos Aires: City of Immigrants
Dr. John Dizgun, Assistant Director, KIIS, WKU

March 21, 2013 - Alpine Expedition to Peru: Dr. John All, Dept. of Geography and Geology, and Clinton Lewis, University Photographer (WKU)


November 15, 2012 - A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwell Story of Survival
Dr. Julie H. Williams, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Samford Univ (Birmingham, AL)

October 18, 2012 - Paths to Liberation in Burmese Buddhism
Dr. Patrick Pranke, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Humanities, Univ. of Louisville

September 20, 2012 - Beyond the Ties of Blood: A Novel (about Chile)
Dr. Florencia Mallon, Head of Department of History, Univ. of Wisconsin

April 12, 2012 - "Big Game Parks of South Africa"
Michael Trapasso, Department of Geography & Geology, WKU

April 5, 2012, - "Ernest Hemingway and Spain: Or How a Land Can Attract a Man"
Ricardo Marin Ruiz, Professor, University de Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain

February 16, 2012 - "To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea"
Jid Lee, Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro


November 17, 2011 - "Gabon"
David Keeling, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

October 20, 2011 - "The Peace Corps: A Historical and Kentucky Perspective"
Jack and Angene Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Education

September 15, 2011 - "Global Health and Humanitarianism in Post-Soviet Georgia"
Erin Koch, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Kentucky

April 21 , 2011 - Bolivia and the United States: The Ties that Bind and Constrict
James Siekmeier, Dept. of History, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

March 17 , 2011 - Climbing Mt. Everest: Tibet, 2010
John All, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

February 17 , 2011 - China's Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Look at a City Called Tianjin
Haiwang Yuan, Dept. of Library Public Services, WKU


November 18, 2010 - Medelin, Colombia: A City Reborn
Holli Drummond, Dept. of Sociology WKU
John Dizgun, Kentucky Institute for International Studies

October 19, 2010 - Discoveries Underwater in the Mediterranean
John Hale, Director of Liberal Studies, University of Louisville, KY.

September 16, 2010 - Stories from Rights Movements in Ukraine
Sarah D. Phillips, Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

April 15, 2010 - Alaska
Michael Trapasso, Dept. of Geology & Geography, WKU

March 25, 2010 - The Road to Santiago
John Moore, Dept. of Foreign Languages, University of Alabama & Birmingham

February 18, 2010 - Ghana
Dr. Saundra Ardrey, Dept. of Political Sciences, WKU


November 19, 2009 - The Baker's Boy
Barry Kitterman, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN

September 17 , 2009 - Slovenia
Professor Debbie Kreitzer, Dept. of Geography and Geology, WKU

April 16, 2009 - "Viking Voyages"
Dr. Michael Trapasso, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

March 19, 2009 - "Dead Sea Scrolls"
Dr. Joseph Trafton, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion, WKU

February 19, 2009 - The Galapagos Islands
Dr. Doug McElroy, Dept. of Biology, WKU



November 20, 2008 - Robots in Space
Dr. Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution

October 16, 2008 - Cambodia
Dr. David Keeling, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

September 18, 2008 - Panama
Dr. Aristofanes Cedeno, Dept. of Spanish, University of Louisville

April 17, 2008 - Vietnam
Binh P. Le, Associate Librarian, Penn State University at Abington

March 20, 2008 - Easter Island
Dr. Michael Trapasso, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU



November 15, 2007 - Underwater Maya: "Wooden Buildings Below the Sea Floor"
Dr. Heather McKillop, William G. Haag Professor of Archaeology, Louisiana State University

October 18, 2007 - South India
Uma D. Doraiswamy, WKU Libraries

September 20, 2007 - The Sahara
Dr. David Keeling, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU

April 12, 2007 - Israel
Shannon Schaffer, WKU, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion

March 22, 2007 - Ireland
Jim Flynn, WKU, Dept. of English (Ret.)

February 15, 2007 - Antarctica
Michael Trapasso, WKU Dept. of Geography & Geography


November 16, 2006 - Medieval Morocco
Prof. Ronald Messier, Vanderbilt University

October 19, 2006 - Turkey
Dr. David Keeling WKU Dept. of Geography & Geography

September 21, 2006 - Tales of the Han Chinese
Haiwang Yuan WKU Libraries

April 13, 2006 - Portugal
Dr. Shawn Parkhurst, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Louisville

March 16, 2006 - Belize

Peggy Wright and Dr. Brian Coutts, Dept. Library Public Services, WKU

February 16, 2006 - Yucatan
Dr. John Dizgun, Dept. of History, WKU


November 17, 2005 - Life and Death in Ancient Egypt
Dr. Tosha Dupras, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Central Florida

October 20, 2005 - Tanzania
Dr. David Keeling, Dept. of Geography and Geology, WKU

September 15, 2005 - Cuba
Andrew McMichael, Dept. of History, WKU

April 14, 2005 - Digging in the Holy Land
C. Thomas McCollough, Dept. of Religion, Centre College, Danville, KY

March 17, 2005 - Cyprus
Richard Keyser, Dept. of History, WKU

February 17, 2005 - Norway
Charles Bussey, Dept. of History, WKU


November 18 - Niu, Tokelau, and Nauru
Richard Deal, Dept. of Geography and Geology

October 21 - Australia
David Keeling, Head Department of Geography and Geology

September 16 - The Balkans
Burnam W. Reynolds, Prof. of History
Asbury College, Wilmore, KY

April 22, 2004 - Ecuador
David Coffey, Dept. of Agriculture

March 18, 2004 - France
Eric Reed, Dept. of History

February 19, 2004 - Nigeria
Johnston Njoku, Dept. of MLMS


November 20 , 2003 - Chile
David Keeling, Dept. of Geography

October 16, 2003 - New Zealand
Judith Hoover, Dept. of Communication

September 18, 2003 - Thailand
Janet Colbert, Dept. of Accounting & Finance

April 17, 2003,Spain
Melissa Stewart, Dept. of Modern Languages & Intercultural Studies

March 20, 2003, Belgium & The Netherlands
William Parsons & Pieter De Grez, Dept. of Economics & Marketing

Feb. 20, 2003, West Africa
Lawrence Alice, Dept. of Biology


Nov. 14, 2002, Taiwan
Robert Antony, Dept. of History

October 17, 2002, Argentina
David Keeling, Geography & Geology

September 19, 2002, Sri Lanka
Jeffrey Samuels, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion

April 18 , 2002, Scotland
Robert Hoyt, Dept. of Biology

March 21, 2002, Japan
Hideko Norman, Dept. of Psychology

February 14, 2002, India & Pakistan
Jack Montgomery & Malia Formes, Libraries and Dept. of History


November 15, 2001 - Russia
Hugh Phillips, Dept. of History

October 18, 2001 - Zanzibar
Michael Trapasso, Dept. of Geography & Geology

September 13, 2001 - Nepal
Linda Johnson, Dept. of Management & Information System

April 19, 2001 - Germany
Laura McGee, Dept. of Modern Language & International Studies

March 22, 2001 - England
Joe Glaser, Dept. of English, WKU

February 15, 2001 - Brazil
David Keeling, Dept. of Geography & Geology


November 16, 2000 - China
Haiwang Yuan, University Libraries

October 19, 2000 - Costa Rica
In memory of Prof. Richard Salisbury, Dept. of History

September 14, 2000 - South Africa
Nancy Baird, Kentucky Library

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