UNH Welcomes Jacqueline Jones Royster for Global Leadership Lecture Sept. 28

September 11, 2017

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Jacqueline Jones Royster, Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will deliver the 2017 John T. Holden Lecture titled “An Ecosystem for 21st Century Global Leadership” on Sept 28, 2017, at 12:40 p.m. in Hamilton Smith Hall in Durham. The talk is free and open to the public.

“We are honored to host Dr. Jackie Royster at UNH,” says Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She is a transformational leader at Georgia Tech – an expert innovator who understands the crucial importance of interdisciplinarity and the liberal arts as we face 21st century grand challenges. Her work on global citizenship and leadership is particularly timely.”

A leading scholar of rhetoric, literacy and women’s studies, Royster has published six books and two textbook series, including her 2000 book, “Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change among African American Women,” which won the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association. Her research focuses at the intersections of the history of rhetoric, feminist studies and cultural studies with a primary interest in the connections between human and civil rights.

The John T. Holden Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts is dedicated to bringing signal scholars in the social sciences to UNH.

For more information, visit cola.unh.edu/holden-2017.


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Speak at UNH

September 22, 2016

David Shribman

David Shribman, the executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will deliver the College of Liberal Arts John T. Holden Lecture, “The New Architecture of American Politics,” on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in 115 Murkland Hall on UNH’s Durham campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a regular panelist on “Washington Week in Review” and “Meet the Press,” Shribman has shared his political insights for over thirty years. For the Boston Globe he served as Washington Bureau Chief, as well as assistant managing editor and columnist. For the Wall Street Journal, he was a national political correspondent. And for The New York Times, his beat was Congress and national politics. A native of Salem, Massachusetts, he began his career at the Buffalo Evening News, where he worked his way from covering City Hall to Capitol Hill. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his analytical reporting on Washington and the American political scene.

David Shribman has earned four honorary degrees, served on the selection committee of the JFK Library’s Profiles of Courage Award, and lectured and taught courses at universities across the country.

The Holden Lecture is supported by the John T. Holden Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts, which was established in 1995 in memory of John Holden, one of the university’s outstanding teachers of political science. The fund is dedicated to bringing signal scholars in the social sciences to UNH.

This lecture is part of Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH, celebrating 150 years of success at UNH and setting a bold course for the next 150 years. Learn more.


Video Now Available: How to Destroy Higher Education

April 30, 2015

President Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University delivered the College of Liberal Arts John T. Holden Lecture on April 2, 2015, entitled “How to Destroy Higher Education.” Roth has served as president of Wesleyan University since 2007. Formerly president of California College of the Arts, Roth is an historian, curator, and author. He is a frequent commentator on higher education. His most recent book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press, 2014), addresses the history and varied meanings of liberal education and identifies current challenges faced by institutions of higher learning.

Watch the video of President Roth’s lecture here:


President of Wesleyan University to Speak at UNH on April 2

March 5, 2015

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President Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University will deliver the 2015 John T. Holden Lecture titled “How to Destroy Higher Education” on April 2, 2015 at 12:40 p.m. in the Murkland Hall auditorium in Durham. The talk is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Roth has served as president of Wesleyan University since 2007. Formerly president of California College of the Arts, Roth is known as a historian, curator and author. He is a frequent commentator on higher education. His most recent book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press, 2014), addresses the history and varied meanings of liberal education and identifies current challenges faced by institutions of higher learning. The book’s final chapter is advertised as “a stirring plea for the kind of education that has, since the founding of the nation, cultivated individual freedom, promulgated civic virtue, and instilled hope for the future.”

The John T. Holden Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts is dedicated to bringing signal scholars in the social sciences to UNH. This year’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities with support from the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project.


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