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Distinguished Psychologist Gilligan Featured as ‘Guest of Honor,’ Oct. 16

Distinguished psychologist, professor and novelist Carol Gilligan will be the featured speaker in this fall’s Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series. She’ll present “Freeing an Original Voice: A Challenge of Education” on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. The event is part of the yearlong celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Honors College.

Gilligan is the author of In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development, described by Harvard University Press as “the little book that started a revolution,” and The Birth of Pleasure, in which she asks why we relive tragic stories of loss and betrayal. Her first novel Kyra, published in 2008, was reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle as “a rare thing: an engrossing, deeply emotional, thinking person’s love story.”

Gilligan is currently a professor at New York University with affiliations in the School of Law; the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her work continues to inspire political debate, new research, films and novels, as well as initiatives in social policy and education.

The lecture will take place in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, Room 206, Kent Student Center.

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is funded by the Provost’s Office and coordinated by the Honors College. For more information, contact 330-672-2312.

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Celebrate 36 Years of Yuletide Feaste, Dec. 4 through 6

The popular Yuletide Feaste returns Dec. 4 and 5.

The popular Yuletide Feaste returns Dec. 4 through 6.

Knights in shining armor will adorn the entryway for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth I at the 36th annual Olde English Yuletide Feaste, which will return Thursday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec. 6. The Kent State Ballroom will be transformed into a medieval castle, and the Kent State Chorale, under the direction of new Chorale Director Scott MacPherson will serenade guests as they feast on decadent dishes.

The Yuletide Feaste, one of Kent State’s most popular holiday traditions, includes live medieval entertainment, dinner with the queen, a wine table, cash bar and warm spiced cider. Tickets go on sale Wednesday and are expected to disappear quickly.

“The annual Yuletide Feaste is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season,” says Susan O’Karma, associate director of the Kent Student Center. “We expect several evenings to sell out.”

The Thursday dinner will be a chicken entree, while Friday and Saturday will feature beef. Group Night Thursday tickets cost $40 each or $35 for Kent State students. Groups of 12 or more may purchase tickets for $30 per person. For Friday and Saturday, tickets cost $45 each or $40 for students.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kent State Chorale, which tours each spring.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the dinner presentation begins at 8 p.m. To order tickets or learn more, call the University Conference Bureau at 330-672-3161.

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Office of Diversity Hosts Welcome Luncheon

The Office of Diversity will host a welcome luncheon Friday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center. The event formally recognizes minority faculty and staff hired within the last year.

“This year’s group has joined the university at an exciting time,” Dr. Steve Michael, vice provost, says. “The presidential commission on inclusion will be concluding its work in the near future. There’s high expectation for changes and improvement under the relatively new administration.”

President Lester A. Lefton’s Commission on Inclusion is a broad-based initiative throughout the university to ensure a welcoming learning, work and social environment for people of all cultures, views and beliefs.

Reservations are required for this invitation-only event. Contact Dr. Tina Kandakai at or Keli Greene at for more information.

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Kent State Stark to Host Former Daily Show Correspondent Rob Corddry

Comedian Rob Corddry will speak at Kent State University Stark on Oct. 27.

Comedian Rob Corddry will speak at Kent State University Stark on Oct. 27.

Kent State University Stark is proud to host Rob Corddry as he presents According to Corddry: An Evening With America’s New Best Friend. The second event in the 2008-09 Featured Speakers Series will take place on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Timken Great Hall, located in the Kent State Stark Professional Education and Conference Center.

Tickets are required for this free lecture and may be obtained by visiting the Kent State Stark Information Desk in Main Hall, while supplies last. Tickets are limited to four per person. No phone reservations, please. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

A former correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Corddry has spent the last 10 years treading a fine line between theatre and comedy. His resume includes a number of commercials, NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Dreamworks’ movie Old School and the title roles in the film Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story and Fox television’s sitcom The Winner. The satirical entertainer can also be seen in the films The Ten, Heartbreak Kid, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and W, the upcoming movie based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush.

For more information about the Featured Speakers Series, contact Cynthia Williams at 330-244-3262 or

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Baumann Stresses Importance of Liberal Education, Oct. 16

Fred Baumann, Kenyon College political science professor, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Gerald and Victoria C.T. Read Special Collections Classroom on the 10th floor of the Kent Campus Library.

Presented by Libraries and Media Services, Baumann will speak on the importance of a liberal education. His talk will examine liberal education and culture. Baumann says that there is a powerful effort to improve and broaden the understanding of liberal education, bringing an understanding of cultures as discrete, independent and equally valid ways of ordering reality.

Before entering the Department of Political Science in 1986, Baumann was the director of the Public Affairs Conference Center and part-time teacher of political science at Kenyon College. As the author of Fraternity and Politics: Choosing One’s Brothers and the Recorded Books series of lectures Visions of Utopia: Philosophy and the Perfect Society, Baumann received the Senior Faculty Trustee Teaching Award in 1999. He is currently the Harry M. Clor Professor of political science at Kenyon College.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Web site of Libraries and Media Services.

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First Annual Stan Hywet Symposium Launched, Oct. 17-18

The first annual Stan Hywet Symposium will explore the topic of preserving history for future generations.

The first annual Stan Hywet Symposium will explore the topic of preserving history for future generations.

The first annual Stan Hywet Symposium will be held at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Friday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 18.

The 2008 symposium, titled “On Display: Historic Homes and Great Estates,” will focus on examining the cultural, architectural and social history of the hall, as well as provide insight into preserving history for future generations.

“This event will offer a glimpse of America’s Industrial Revolution through the lens of a local, historic home and its surrounding gardens,” Patricia Book, vice president for regional development, says.

The symposium will feature two days of programming and networking for more than 200 participants. Kent State University, The University of Akron and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens began the symposium in 2007 as a way to study and discuss historical, architectural and preservation issues.

Visit the Stan Hywet Web site for more information.

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Wadja Concludes Women’s Resource Center’s Lunch Series

Dr. Shirley Wadja will conclude the “Lunch with the Author” series on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Women’s Resource Center’s library. Wajda is an assistant professor in the History Department at Kent State.

Her book, The Fennells Build Their Dream House: Furnishing Family in 1930s America, focuses on a 45-page discarded scrapbook containing photographs, cards and newspaper announcements. She examines what this book can tell us about the lives of women during the Great Depression.

Her speech will show how one woman analyzed strategies for creating the “American Dream” during this critical time in our nation’s history.

Lunch will be brown-bag style. The presentation is free and open to all university community members.

For more information about registration visit the Women’s Resource Center site.

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All Invited to Kent Community Dinner, Oct. 18

The entire Kent community is invited to participate in the next Kent Community Dinner on Oct. 18.
Photo by Joel Hawksley

The entire Kent community is invited to participate in the next Kent Community Dinner on Oct. 18.

The next traditional Kent Community Dinner will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. This month’s event is hosted by Kent’s Parks and Recreation Department and will take place at the Recreation Center at 1115 Franklin Avenue.

Dinners feature a welcoming group of all ages and walks of life, a relaxed atmosphere, good food and conviviality. Participants are people from the city of Kent and surrounding areas, including students from Kent State.

Kent was settled by European immigrants and strengthened by those of African descent. The university continues to attract people from across the country and from around the world. As a result, Kent Community Dinners allow participants to share food and conversation with neighbors of all races and religions.

Dinner music will be provided by Larry Fanta on guitar. Alpha Phi sorority and Girl Scout Troop #917 will assist. Please bring some food to share, either something homemade or bought.

Questions can be directed to 330-678-8760.

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Ashtabula Students Present Election of 1864 in Living History

Kent State University Ashtabula is holding a unique political rally: a historic reenactment of a political election debate from the days of Abraham Lincoln. “Debating the Fate of the Union: the Election of 1864” will be held in the Blue and Gold Room of the Main Hall at the Ashtabula Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Spectators will be encouraged to cheer or jeer the costumed participants and will have the opportunity to vote for the party ticket of their choice.

Dr. Bradley Keefer, professor of history, will portray a fictional representative of the Democratic “Peace Party,” Professor T. Bradley Higgenbottom III. His opponent S. Frederick Hawk, a representative of the Union Party supporting candidate Abraham Lincoln, will be portrayed by Steven Hoffman, a resident of Newbury and high school social studies teacher in the Kenston Local School District in Geauga County.

These fictional “electors” from the two parties will frame their platforms, denounce their opponents and generate conflict. The rally recreates a typical political discourse during the 1860s, in which representatives of the candidates, rather than the candidates themselves, addressed their respective constituents and prospective voters.

Keefer explains, “Many of the issues present in the 1864 election mirror recent events. The nation was mired in a bloody Civil War that some saw as unnecessary and unconstitutional. The Lincoln administration’s shift in war aims from simply ‘restoring the Union’ in 1861 to destroying slavery as a condition for restoration in 1864 added fuel to an already active anti-war, anti-emancipation wing of the northern Democratic Party that was bent on ending the war and negotiating peace with the Confederacy. Add in the military draft, the suppression of some opposition presses, suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and an increasingly brutal hard war policy against Southern civilians, and you have the formula for a bitter partisan debate over the future of the nation.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 440-964-4312.

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