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Hassina Sherjan 2013

Hassina Sherjan, a visiting scholar at our sister school, Elizabethtown University, gave two presentations at KU on November 4 and 5 sponsored by the Women's Center and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She spoke about empowering women in Afghanistan in the areas of literacy and education, as well as vocational training and home business development.

Hassina Sherjan has earned a master's degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and was granted an honorary doctorate of law degree from Queen's University in Canada. A consummate professional with more than 21 years of knowledge and experience in education, business, communication, and journalism, Sherjan is a founder and chief executive officer of Aid Afghanistan for Education, and owner and chief executive officer of Boumi Co., an internationally recognized women-owned home accessory business.

Hassina Sherjan Hassina Sherjan


Sharon Olds 2013

The English Department and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Office sponsored a poetry reading, book signing, and reception for the KU community and guests on October 24.

Sharon Olds is the author of eight volumes of poetry. Amoung her many honors, Olds has won a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the San Francisco Poetry Center Award, the Lamont Poetry Selection Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds was the New York State Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000. In addition to these achievements, her most recent collection, Stag's Leap, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Sharon Olds Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds


William Kamwamba 2013

Five-hundred new freshmen gathered  to hear the author of the freshmen reading, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamba speak at the annual freshmen assembly on August 25. The new students listened while William shared the story of how he grew up in Malawi, Africa, built his own windmill, and overcame impossible odds to pursue education. William is currently a senior at Dartmouth University and after graduating, he plans to return to his home in Malawi and use his education to improve his village and community.

Kamkwamba speaks with students in Schaeffer Auditorium

William Kamkwamba speaks with students

Kamkwamba speaks with students in Schaeffer Auditorium

William Kamkwamba speaks with students

Kamkwamba speaks with students in Beck Hall

William Kamkwamba with students

Kamkwamba speaks with students

William Kamkwamba with students


Leonard Pitts Jr. 2012

The KU community was honored to have Leonard Pitts Jr., an American commentator, journalist, novelist and a nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary visit campus on October 3, 2012. He spoke with students, faculty and staff about life, the upcoming election, and the political climate of American Society. Pitts delivered a lecture titled "Alternate Realities: Political Discourse in a Facts-Optional Nation."

Leonard Pitts with Provost Vargas

Leonard Pitts with Provost Vargas

Leonard Pitts at reception with students and faculty

Leonard Pitts at reception with students
and faculty

Leonard Pitts Lecture

Leonard Pitts Lecture


Christopher McDougall 2012

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invited Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run, to Kutztown University as part of the colleges' First Year Book Experience. McDougall spent time with students, faculty and staff sharing his insights about the evolution of running and the craft of writing. The KU community also participated in a 5K Fun Run with the author.

Christopher McDougall with President Cevallos
Christopher McDougall with President Cevallos

Christopher McDougall signs student books
Christopher McDougall signs student books

Christopher McDougall’s Morning Talk
Christopher McDougall's Morning Talk

Fun Run with Christopher McDougall
Fun Run with Christopher McDougall

Media Coverage of Event (link)


Markus Zusak 2011

Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, connected with freshmen students about writing during his visit to campus on October 18, 2011.  He offered anecdotes about growing up and learning the business of writing. Zusak also spent quality time with each student at the book signing and during at lunch.  The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences greatly appreciates all the time that authors spend with students to complete the First Year Book Experience.

Markus Zusak talks about The Book Thief

Markus Zusak talks about The Book Thief