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Festival of Ideas

East Tennessee State University

Festival of Ideas

 

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ETSU's Second Annual Festival of Ideas

Dreams and Discord

The Festival of Ideas, an initiative that began in 2019, focuses on the University’s role as a thought leader in the region and beyond. The Festival provides the opportunity for the exchange of ideas, information, and experiences between unique speakers, faculty experts, staff, students, community members, and alumni around a central theme. The Festival is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Division of Student Life and Enrollment.

Tickets for an Evening with Jon Meacham - SOLD OUT! 

 

Tickets to the private reception are sold out.

 

melissa fitzgerald

An Evening with Melissa Fitzgerald

Monday, February 10, 2020

Millennium Center Ballroom, 7:00 p.m.

In November of 2013, Melissa Fitzgerald joined the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) as senior director of Justice For Vets. She has expanded her role as director of NADCP’s recently launched Advancing Justice Initiative to lead justice reform.

As an actor, Ms. Fitzgerald is best known for her seven-year role as Carol on the award-winning television series The West Wing. She is also widely recognized as an advocate for people in need. She co-founded Voices in Harmony, a theater-focused mentoring organization for underserved teens. She then took Voices in Harmony to war-torn northern Uganda to work with former abducted child soldiers, an effort that resulted in the award-winning documentary After Kony: Staging Hope. She is also the co-executive producer of Halfway Home, a film that profiles several returning veterans as they share their struggles reintegrating after experiencing the trauma of war.

Ms. Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and has made numerous media appearances on behalf of NADCP/Justice For Vets, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, Morning Joe, CBS Sunday Morning and NPR. In 2017, she received the Secretary of the Army’s Public Service Medal.

Ideas for Curriculum Integration!

mandy harvey holding a guitar

Hidden Challenges: Understanding Invisible Disabilities

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Millennium Center Ballroom, 7:00 p.m.

Harvey is an American jazz and pop singer/singwriter who overcame profound deafness to become a contestant on America's Got Talent. She now writes music and performs, including headlining a series of concerts to benefit Hearing the Call, a non-profit that sends audiologists around the world to help people access proper health care. She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), and her hearing loss is related to EDS.

Ideas for Curriculum Integration! 

 
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By the People, for the People: Campus and Community Perspectives on Voting

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Reece Museum, Noon

Moderated by WJHL news anchor Josh Smith, the panel includes Nathan Farnor, Joy Fulkerson, Stephen Hendrix, and Dr. Jodi Polaha Jones.

 
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Songs of America

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Millennium Center Ballroom, 7:00 p.m.

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer-prize winning presidential biographer and historian and a well recognized television commentator. His most recent book, co-authored with Grammy-winning singer Tim McGraw, is Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation. A Billboard review notes that the “book’s eight chapters each speak to an American era—such as the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement…. The tunes, often in support or protest of a movement, give shape to the way that music tells the history of America as much as wars, economic instability and social agitation do.”

Tickets are required for this event.

 

Tickets to the public lecture are SOLD OUT!

 

Tickets to the private reception are sold out.

Ideas for Curricular Integration

 
Mike Wiley

Breach of Peace: A Play by Mike Wiley

Friday, February 14, 2020

Millennium Center Ballroom, 7:00 p.m.

Mike Wiley is a playwright, director, and actor. His plays explore the lives and legacies of historically-important figures including Emmett Till, Jackie Robinson, the Freedom Riders, and Henry "Box" Brown. Wiley has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the 2010 & 2014 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill. Wiley will perform Breach of Peace on Friday, February 14th, 2020. The play is based upon true accounts of surviving participants of the Freedom Rides and others involved in the early struggle for African-American equality.

Ideas for Curriculum Integration!

 Special Student Event February 12 & 13 - Buccaneers Changing the World

Schedule At A Glance 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Melissa Fitzgerald

Millennium Center Ballroom, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mandy Harvey
Millennium Center Ballroom, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Community Panel

Reece Museum, Noon

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Jon Meacham

Millennium Center Ballroom, 7:00 pm

 Friday, February 14, 2020 
Mike Wiley
Millennium Center Ballroom, 7:00 pm

Most Festival events are free and open to the public without reservation.
Some events may require ticket purchase.
For more information, or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact the ETSU Office of Student Life & Enrollment at 423-439-4210 or students@etsu.edu. 

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