The lineup of speakers for Common Hour for the fall semester includes authors, educators, environmentalists, scholars and artists. Held every Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:35 p.m., Common Hour is the time when the entire college community comes together to hear experts talk about today’s critical international and national issues. Highlights of this fall’s lineup include:
Sept. 20: Internet Technology and the Transformation of the Human Jaron Lanier, computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author of “You Are Not a Gadget” (Lanier is the 2012–13 Miller Humanities Fellow)
Sept. 27: The 2012 Presidential Election: Money, Ideology and Personality Panel discussion with F&M professors Stephen Medvic, Terry Madonna and Robert Friedrich
Oct. 4: Building a Movement for Educational Opportunity for All Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO, Teach For America, and co-founder and CEO, Teach For All
Oct. 11: Out in the World? F&M Alumni Reflect on National Coming Out Day Ken Mehlman ’88 and Melissa Stein ’99
Nov. 8: Testimony of a Novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian-Spanish writer, politician, essayist and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature (Vargas Llosa is the 2012-13–Mueller Fellow)
For the full slate of events for Common Hour, visit www.fandm.edu/common-hour. Most Common Hours are open to the public. They are also videotaped and archived on the website after the events.