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Academic Speaker Series

The mission of the Academic Speaker Series is to promote the intellectual environment of the College and to facilitate discussion of important issues in the community.

2018–19 Academic Speaker Series

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

The Use of Hip-Hop Rhetoric to Combat the Criminalization of Black, Brown, and Red Youth
Marcos Del Hierro
Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building

University of New Hampshire Assistant Professor Marcos Del Hierro will provide insight into how hip-hoppers produced sustainable models for recycling knowledge and technology to produce art, criticism, and pleasure, allowing them to respond to social discourses that represent young people of color as inferior and deviant.

Del Hierro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2014. His research focuses on intersections among Rhetoric and Composition, Race and Ethnic Studies, and Hip-hop Studies. He is currently working on his first monograph, Homegrown Critique Through Hip-hop Rhetorics.

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A Journey from Pumping Gas to Hollywood
Rusty DeWees
Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building

Entertainer, comedic artist, actor, producer, writer, musician, master of duct tape (and the Logger, of course!) Rusty DeWees skillfully blends humor with life lessons, painting meaningful images that resonate with audience members; the familiar and the foreign merging to create a synergistic puree of two parts gifted stand up entertainer, one-part old time crusader, and one-part journeyman seeker.

In this presentation, DeWees will share a bit about his process, his life, his unique take on the world, and anything else that comes to him in the moment.


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A Robin Hood Story with a Surprise Ending
Dr. Tamara Stenn
Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building

What does it mean to export a super grain that was gifted to you by the Gods thousands of years ago? Come discover how ancient culture and world markets intersect as Dr. Tamara Stenn shares three years of Fulbright research in the quinoa fields of Bolivia.

Dr. Tamara Stenn teaches Economics and Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Professional Studies Department at Landmark College. She is a bilingual (Spanish/English) eco-business developer, sustainability trainer, Fair Trade business owner, Fulbright researcher, economist, and author.


Past Speakers

Our speakers’ talks are recorded and broadcast by Brattleboro Community Television (BCTV).

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Eve Leons, Speaker Series Coordinator

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