Theme year

Founder of Living Lands & Waters will speak at Drury on April 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Apr. 28, 2014 — Drury will host Chad Pregracke, the President and Founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), at 6 p.m. tonight in Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center.

LL&W is the world’s only “industrial strength” not-for-profit river cleanup organization. Pregracke formed the organization at age 23 after spending his life growing up and working on the Mississippi River. Over the last 16 years, the organization and its volunteers have removed over 7 million pounds of garbage out of the United States’ rivers.

LL&W has also broadened its mission to include a MillionTrees project and an Adopt-A-River Mile Project, as well as a floating classroom aboard a barge that Pregracke and his crew live on 7 months of the year.  Its goal is to teach students, educators and individual citizens about the value of rivers and natural resources. Pregracke was recently named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.

His presentation, “Helping to Clean America’s Rivers: From the Bottom Up,” will discuss his life growing up on the Mississippi and how his experiences led to a career in conservation. This event is free and open to the public, and is part of Drury’s 2014 Earth Day.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Wendy Anderson at wanderso@drury.edu.

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Pro Surfer and Journalist Kyle Thiermann to Speak on April 3

Drury will host Kyle Thiermann, a 23-year-old professional surfer, journalist, and activist at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 3 in Clara Thompson Hall. Thiermann has created a YouTube series, Surfing for Change, which examines current issues and shows how people can create a better world through everyday decisions.

Thiermann’s first project in his YouTube series explored the negative impact multinational banks can have on local communities. His video inspired people to put money into local banks and credit unions instead of centralized banks. He has reached people throughout North America, South America, Africa and much of Europe.

Thiermann graduated from Gaia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Green Business. He has been featured in many media outlets including TEDx, Discovery Channel, the Huffington Post, and ESPN.

Thiermann will present “Surfing for Change” as part of Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year series, The Morality of Wellness: Why good health is everyone’s responsibility, which explores the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit http://www.drury.edu/moralityofwellness.

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Health & social entrepreneur Mark Arnoldy speaks at Drury on March 6

Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year series, The Morality of Wellness: Why Good Health is Everyone’s Responsibility, will resume this week with guest speaker Mark Arnoldy, executive director of Nyaya Health. Nyaya Health works to deliver transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor.

Arnoldy will speak at 11 a.m., Thursday, Mar. 6 in Clara Thompson Hall. His presentation is entitled, “Creating Health for the World’s Poorest.”

Arnoldy became passionate about building health systems for the world’s poorest after his first trip to Nepal, where he suffered from a severe allergic reaction and did not have access to adequate care. A lack of health care is a reality for millions of Nepalis. Nyaya Health is committed to providing health care systems for Nepalis where they can receive high-quality and responsive care. Today, the organization has treated more than 101,000 patients, employs over 155 Nepali employees, and has received more than $1 million dollars of investment. Arnoldy also advised the creation of two blended value businesses in the United States that fund programs in Nepal — Nut-rients Foundation and Springfield-based 5 Pound Apparel.

Arnoldy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, completed Harvard’s Global Health Effectiveness Program, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal. He is also a 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.

Drury’s Theme Year series of speakers and events explores the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit http://www.drury.edu/moralityofwellness.

Drury alumnus and indie band musician will discuss social media at Drury on C-Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 28, 2013 — Drury on C-Street will feature 2005 Drury alumnus Phil Dickey on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in a Creative Conversation. Drury on C-Street is located at 233 E. Commercial Street. This event is free and open to the public.

Phil Dickey, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Dickey has traveled the world as a multi-instrumentalist for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (SSLYBY), an indie pop band that originated in Springfield. SSLYBY has gained notice within the indie culture, in addition to its song “Oregon Girl,” which was featured on the television show The OC, and a record label with Polyvinyl Record Co. Dickey serves as the band’s director of media.

This discussion is part of Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, which is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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Event at Drury explores the impact of the Joplin tornado

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 27, 2013 — How journalists in Joplin survived and told the story of the tornado that devastated their town on May 22, 2011, will be the subject of a Theme Year event on Thursday, April 4.

At 9:30 a.m., Drury will host a screening of the movie “Deadline in Disaster” in Clara Thompson Hall. The documentary tells the story about the Joplin Globe staff trying to put out a paper after the tornado killed dozens and destroyed wide swaths of the city.

At 11 a.m., Drury will host a panel discussion with the filmmakers Beth Pike and Steve Hudnell and Joplin Globe editor Carol Stark in Clara Thompson Hall.

Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown

At 2 p.m., Dr. Jennifer Silva Brown, Drury assistant professor of behavioral science, will present her research on the Joplin survivor project. In 2011 and 2012, Silva Brown and her undergraduate behavioral science students  conducted research on coping and resilience with survivors of the Joplin tornado.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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Photojournalist discusses technology’s impact on news and storytelling at Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 26, 2013 — Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery will host long-time Springfield News-Leader photojournalist Bob Linder on Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Linder will discuss his firsthand accounts of how technology has changed newsgathering and storytelling. The Pool Art Center Gallery is located at 940 North Clay St. This event is free and open to the public.

Linder’s “Creative Conversation” is part of Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, which is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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Award-winning filmmaker will speak at Drury on Thursday, Feb. 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 25, 2013 — Award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timonerwill speak at Drury University on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Clara Thompson Hall at 11 a.m. Timoner is director of We Live In Public, a documentary about Internet entrepreneur Josh Harris.

Ondi Timoner

The 2009 documentary We Live In Public tells the story of the effect the web is having on our society as seen through the eyes of Josh Harris, Internet visionary of the 90s. Josh Harris, often called the “Warhol of the Web,” proved how Internet users willingly trade privacy for connection and recognition through various experiments he conducted, including a six-month stint living under 24-hour live surveillance online, which led him to mental collapse.

In recognition for her hard work, Timoner has been nominated and won many filmawards including: the Rogue Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in 2012, Best Director at the BendFilm Festival in 2004, and a nomination for a Grammy Award in Best Long Form Music Video in 1999.

Drury will show the documentary We Live In Public on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in Lay Hall Auditorium in advance of Timoner’s talk on Thursday.

Timoner is speaking as part of Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, which is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact and the implications for journalism and democracy.

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New York Times journalist will speak at Drury on February 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 15, 2013 — Nationally-renowned New York Times journalist Brian Stelter will speak at Drury University on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall as part of Drury’s Theme Year Series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy. Stelter will share his experiences working across multiple media formats, in both traditional and new media. This event is free and open to the public.

Brian Stelter

Achieving success and notoriety while still in college, Brian Stelter gained national notice for his television news blog, TVNewser, dubbed a must-read in the business by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

In 2007, The New York Times hired Stelter as a media reporter and columnist for its Media Decoder blog. Today he continues to serve as a blogger and columnist for one of the most storied news organizations in the United States.

Stelter is featured prominently in the documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times, a film that chronicles the media industry’s transformation to nontraditional venues and assesses the high stakes for democracy. He is also working on a book about morning television tentatively titled Top of the Morning.

Drury will show the documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Lay Hall auditorium. Light snacks will be provided.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact and the implications for journalism and democracy.

For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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A nationally known expert on masculinity will speak at Drury on Thursday, Jan. 24

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 16, 2013 — The author of the bestselling book Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men will speak at Drury University on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall. Dr. Michael Kimmel is a professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a leading researcher on masculinity in America.

Dr. Michael Kimmel

Dr. Kimmel was recently awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant to begin a Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook, the first of its kind in the nation. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include the groundbreaking Manhood in America: A Cultural History, which was hailed as the definitive work on the subject.

In addition, Dr. Kimmel recently wrote a piece for CNN addressing the recent Newtown, Connecticut school shooting: “Masculinity, Mental Illness and Guns: A Lethal Equation?” He also wrote a CNN article in November titled “The Mythical War on Men.”

His talk at Drury will focus on Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

Media Contact: Dr. Katherine Gilbert, Assistant Professor of English, Co-Director of Women and Gender Studies, Office: (417) 873-6941, E-mail: kgilbert@drury.edu

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Expert author visits Drury to discuss how the Internet influences the mind

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 12, 2012 — Highly acclaimed and influential author Nicholas Carr will speak at Drury University on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall as part of the university’s Theme Year series Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy. Carr will present the argument that every medium carries an intellectual ethic, and he will present an examination of the growing influence that digital media carries on the way we think, read, and communicate. This event is free and open to the public.

Nicholas Carr

Carr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated bestseller The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, and he is the former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. His writings include: Does IT matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage; and The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from Edison to Google. He has published articles in The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Wired and is a commentator for CNBC, CNN, and he speaks at forums worldwide.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact and the implications for journalism and democracy.

For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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