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University Lecture Series

Wilkes Lecture Series - Speakers at Wilkes

Current Speakers


Max Rosenn Lecture Series in Law and Humanities


Photo of Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar

Cancer Survivor & Highest-Scoring NBA Player in History

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: McHale Athletic Center in the University Center on Main
    • 169 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
  • Topic: "Becoming Kareem"

The moderated lecture, “Becoming Kareem” will explore issues such as political activism in sports, race relations, and facing life’s struggles with positivity. He will also address the importance of STEM education in underserved communities, the driving force behind his Skyhook Foundation. The lecture will conclude with a book signing.

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The Catherine H. Bone Lecture in Chemistry

Geraldine Richmond

Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: TBA
  • Topic: "Mulling Over Emulsions: Molecular Assembly at Complex Liquid Surfaces"

Since the Romans first spread oil on water to calm the raging seas, curiosity has persisted about the unique nature of the interface between water and a hydrophobic liquid including how soaps, surfactants and dispersants adsorb at this unique fluid junction. This presentation will focus on our most recent efforts in understanding the molecular properties of the oil-water interface and the unique love-hate environment it provides for adsorption of soaps, polymers and macromolecules at both planar and nanoemulsion oil/water interfaces.


 Events are free and open to the public.

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