A Contrast of Cultures:
An Artist's Journey
Sarah Hazlegrove ’77
Photographer / Videographer
Hazlegrove began recording the people, livestock, machinery, and landscape of her family's Southside Virginia dairy and tobacco farm over twenty years ago. As she went about the documentation, Hazlegrove realized that what had begun as a personal project about a family and its history with tobacco raised larger issues about extended families, continuation of community, history, immigration and the ending of a way of life that had existed and thrived for almost four centuries. These initial photos led to trips across the tobacco regions of the United States and eventually around the world in a continuing project that has grown to include traditional photographs, projected photo essays, videos, and installation pieces. She will share her experiences and reflections on this continuing journey.
May 4, 2017
Closer to Home: The Rise of Opioid Abuse in Young People
A panel of experts will discuss the rise of opioid abuse within the Roanoke Valley, how to help prevent young people from becoming addicted, and ways of helping those affected.
Former U.S. Attorney John Fishwick
Roanoke County Prevention Council Nancy Hans
Special Agent: Virginia State Police Joe Crowder (pictured)
American Addiction Center Terrence Engles
Special Guest Janine Underwood, parent of son lost to overdose
April 19, 2017
One Writer's Process and Journey
Sharyn McCrumb, Award-Winning and New York Times Best Selling Author
Sharyn McCrumb, an award-winning Southern writer, is best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders, which won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature from the East Tennessee Historical Society and the national Audie Award for Best Recorded Book. The Unquiet Grave, the story of West Virginia's Greenbrier Ghost, will be published in 2017 by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Presented by the Middle School
February 9, 2017
Shining a LIGHT on Black History for All to See
Terrell Strayhorn, PhD—professor, researcher, provocateur
In 1926, famed historian Carter G. Woodson established the second week of February as “Negro History Week,” which ultimately became known as Black History Month. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated February as Black History Month--a time to celebrate, commemorate, and highlight the significant achievements and contributions of Black Americans to the world as we know it. In music, arts, law, politics, sports, education—every field of human endeavor—Black Americans have made substantive impacts. In this keynote, Professor Strayhorn uses a blend of story, data, statistics, and song to shine a LIGHT on Black history so everyone leaves understanding it as part of our collective experience.
A renowned student success scholar, highly acclaimed public speaker, and award-winning writer, Strayhorn is author of 10 books, over 60 book chapters, and more than 150 journal articles and conference papers, and many other scholarly publications. He has presented over 300 keynotes and invited lectures across the globe. Dr. Strayhorn’s research agenda focuses on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement; issues of race, equity and diversity; impact of college on students, and student learning and development. You can watch the talk on our YouTube channel.
November 3, 2016
What So Proudly We Hailed: A talk on the biography of Francis Scott Key, the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Marc Leepson—journalist, author, and historian
Francis Scott Key is enshrined in America’s iconography as a paragon of patriotism on par with Betsy Ross, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, and John Hancock—individuals who hold exalted places in American history for performing one memorable act. For Key, it was writing “The Star-Spangled Banner” under the most dramatic (and unlikely) of circumstances: while watching the all-night September 13-14, 1814, Battle of Baltimore from the deck of a British warship in that city’s harbor.
But there was much more to Francis Scott Key than “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Born to a prominent, prosperous Maryland family, he led a fascinating and full life in a portentous era of American history.
October 6, 2016
Chemistry to Improve the World: Purifying Water, Storing Electricity and Detecting Explosives
William Dichtel, PhD ’96 2015 MacArthur Fellow
Dr. Dichtel is a professor at Northwestern University and a rising star working in new materials at the nanoscale. He is committed to bringing his discoveries out of the lab and into daily use. Dichtel’s pioneering work developing porous polymers known as covalent organic frameworks (COFs) has applications to water purification, batteries and other energy storage.
His innovations might one day lead to batteries that can charge in seconds rather than minutes or hours, materials that rapidly remove pollutants from water, and systems that can detect explosives in the air.
Presented by the Alumni Association
September 22, 2016
Reading the Mind in the New World of Neuroscience
Read Montague, PhD Behavioral Neuroscientist
Dr. Montague is a professor in the Department of Physics and at VTCRI, Virginia Tech; he is also a professor at The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, University College London. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Montague delivered a TEDGlobal talk on computational psychiatry in 2012. Read more on Dr. Montague's background and publications.
Sponsored by Global Studies • Global Studies students who attend will receive 10 points towards their on-campus requirements.
Supporting a Child with ADHD
Dr. Anthony Henley, Psy.D.
Dr. Anthony Henley, a clinical psychologist, specializes in the assessment of, and interventions for, children and adults with dyslexia, Learning Differences, and attention disorders. Join us for an informative presentation on the truth about ADHD, tips to handle some of the common challenges, and getting the support your child needs to be successful.
Presented by the CrossWalk Program at North Cross School