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Forum Series brings Glenn Close, Steve Harvey to UA

8/15/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to give Knight Lecture

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, will give this year’s John S. Knight Lecture Oct. 21.
Photo: Michael Bulbenko; courtesy of E.J. Thomas Hall
Glenn Close and her sister, Jessie Close, will talk about their family’s personal struggle with mental illness Oct. 29.
Photo courtesy of E.J. Thomas Hall
DOWNTOWN AKRON — This year’s Forum Series at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall will provide laughs as well as serious discussions on issues of race and mental illness.

Subscription and individual tickets for the 19th annual season of lectures will go on sale Aug. 19, according to E.J. Thomas officials. Scheduled to appear this year are actress Glenn Close, comedian Steve Harvey and Silicon Valley pioneer Steve Wozniak.

First up is Christopher Emdin, an assistant professor in Teachers College at Columbia University, who will speak on “Rethinking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).” Emdin is a social critic and science advocate whose commentaries on race, culture, inequality and education have been in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He will speak Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s First Year Lecture will be given by Kevin Roose Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Roose writes about business and technology for New York Magazine. His book, “The Unlikely Disciple,” about a semester spent undercover at the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, was published to praise in 2009, and his next book, “Young Money,” about Wall Street, is due in 2014.

Wozniak, who with Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer in 1976, is this year’s John S. Knight Lecturer. The special nonsubscription lecture Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. is free, but those who attend must have a ticket.

Wozniak designed the Apple I and II computers and is credited with influencing the design of the Macintosh computer. He has been involved in business and philanthropic ventures over the years and has focused on stressing the need for hands-on learning in schools to encourage creativity.

Actress Close will speak with her younger sister, Jessie Close, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. on the topic “Mental Illness: A Family Affair.” After Close witnessed the stigma and discrimination her sister faced with mental illness, she helped launch Bring Change 2 Mind.org, a nonprofit organization. The sisters will share in a personal discussion of their challenges and how their family worked through the issue.

Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” will come to Akron Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. to speak on “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race.” She will talk about a project she developed, The Race Card Project, and how six-word snapshots paint a portrait of how Americans look at race.

Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in Alabama in 1957, will tell his story Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Green earned a master’s degree in sociology from Michigan State University and today is managing director of public finance for Lehman Brothers in Washington, D.C. He and the other Little Rock Nine received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1999 for Outstanding Bravery.

The Forum Series concludes with An Evening With Steve Harvey April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The actor, writer and producer has been a successful talk radio and TV host, bestselling author and game-show host.

Individual Forum Series lecture tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for UA faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $6 for UA students. Exceptions are the Wozniak lecture, which is free for all, and the Roose lecture, for which UA students can obtain free tickets.

Subscriptions can be purchased until Sept. 20. The six-lecture package is $42 for the general public, $30 for UA faculty, staff and senior citizens and $15 for UA students.

Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased in person at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by calling 330-972-7570.

E.J. Thomas is located at 198 Hill St. For more information, visit the website www.uaevents.com.

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