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Current Speakers

Ambassador Piotr Wilczek“An Overview of Polish – American Relations” 

His Excellency Piotr Wilczek

Ambassador of Poland to the United States

Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
Henry Student Center

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been CANCELLED.

Piotr Wilczek, ambassador of Poland to the United States, has canceled his appearance at Wilkes University due to illness. The lecture, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, may be rescheduled on a future date.

Questions may be directed to Rebecca Van Jura, director of special events, at 570-408-4306 or rebecca.vanjura@wilkes.edu.

logoThe Contemporary History Project of the Division of Global Cultures

Dr. Yanqiu Zheng

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Government, Misericordia University

Title: “Beyond the Trade War: Historical Reflections on U.S.-China Relations”
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Henry Student Center Miller Room

As the talk of "trade war" between China and the United States permeates the policy circle and mass media, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine an alternative to the relationship between the two largest economies other than the seemingly inevitable collision. 

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Niall Mccann

United Nations Lecture Series

Mr. Niall McCann

Lead Electoral Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme

Title: The United Nations and Electoral Integrity
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Marts Center, Room 214

Niall McCann is the Lead Electoral Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme, based at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York, N.Y. Mr. McCann will discuss electoral integrity from his experience at the UN’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

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Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Jake Wood


Co-founder/CEO of Team Rubicon, author of Take Command, a book on leadership and molding military service for good

  • Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018,
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Kirby Center for Creative Arts, Wyoming Seminary,
    • 264 North Sprague Avenue, Kingston, Pa.
  • Topic: The One and the Nine: Building Teams and Organizations that Win

Jake Wood is the co-founder/CEO of Team Rubicon, author of Take Command, a book on leadership and molding military service for good, and recipient of the 2018 Pat Tillman Award for Service, and he will speak on leadership principles and his experiences with Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones in the U.S. and around the world. Team Rubicon has grown to 50,000 volunteers and has deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes in the last decade.

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Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers

Founder of McSweeney’s and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What

  • Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle, A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine (The Believer). McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of seven tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.

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