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          • Edinboro announces fall Al Stone Lecture Series

          Edinboro announces fall Al Stone Lecture Series

          Annual series connects community audience with field experts

          September 23, 2019

          Edinboro announces fall Al Stone Lecture Series

          Edinboro University welcomes curiosity and community engagement to campus this month with the fall sequence of the Al Stone Lecture Series.

          This fall’s schedule includes discussions about historic, cultural and contemporary trends, including prehistoric evidence for cannibalism, children’s songs from Erie’s new Americans and climate change.

          “Through the lecture series, we aim to include a variety of topics that attract lifelong learners with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences,” said Dr. Robert Rhodes, a retired Edinboro faculty member and organizer of the lecture series. “These lectures are intended to keep the academic dialogue going while discussing individuals and trends in our society.”

          Kicking off this fall’s series is Dr. Lenore Barbian, professor and director of Edinboro University’s Anthropology program, who will present “The Raw and the Cooked: Prehistoric evidence for cannibalism” on Sept. 26.

          During the fall session of the 2019 Al Stone Lecture Series, active and retired faculty and individuals with special expertise will discuss these topics and more in the 5-part series that begins Sept. 26 in the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. The fall series will be featured Thursdays in September and October, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

          Fall 2019 Al Stone Lecture Series:

          • Sept. 26: “The Raw and the Cooked: Prehistoric evidence for cannibalism” – Presenter: Dr. Lenore Barbian is a widely published forensic anthropologist. Prior to joining the Edinboro University faculty, Dr. Barbian served as curator of the Anatomical Collections at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C.
          • Oct. 3: “Songs That Disarm and Charm: Traditional children’s songs From Erie’s newest Americans” – Presenter: Hear a few of the almost 100 songs collected by Kelly Armor, how they bond parents and children and how they are powerful weapons against bigotry and injustice. Kelly Armor is a musician, ethnomusicologist and Folk Art Director at Erie Arts & Culture. She has been working with refugee artists who have resettled in Erie since 2003.
          • Oct. 10 – “The Unprecedented Migration of the 21st Century: Humanitarian and civil liberty challenges for nations everywhere, including the U.S. Presenter: Dr. Robert Rhodes, professor emeritus of political science at Edinboro University.
          • Oct. 17: “Climate Change” – Presenter: Director Emeritus John Vanco led the Erie Art Museum for 49 years. He has been the artistic director of the Erie Blues and Jazz Festival for the past 27 years and a leading board member of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Early in his distinguished career in Erie County, he introduced early childhood and refugee-based programs.
          • Oct. 24: “Pro Patria Mori: Poetry and the Great War” – Presenter: Professor Don Sheehy is one of the premier scholars of Robert Frost. Widely published, his current project, “The Letters of Robert Frost,” is being published in ­five volumes. Two volumes have been published by Harvard University Press.

          The lecture environment is friendly, encourages dialogue and is free and open to the public. Parking is available for lecture attendees in the Reeder Hall parking lot behind the Diebold Center from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Additional parking will be available on surrounding streets.

          “This series is extremely important to the greater Edinboro University community because it focuses on connecting faculty and experts to a curious audience, said Beth Zewe, director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Edinboro University.

          The lecture series was named after the late Dr. Al Stone, a professor of Psychology and Gerontology, who established the intergenerational center at EU more than 30 years ago. Dr. Stone promoted the lecture series by asking retired colleagues to present a talk that could represent their “last great lecture.”

          Both the lecture series and intergenerational center, which is located in the lower level of Diebold, were renamed in Stone’s honor just months before he died.

          For more information about the Al Stone Lecture Series and academic offerings from the entire Edinboro University community, visit

          With photo: Dr. Lenore Barbian, director of Edinboro University’s Anthropology program, will present “The Raw and the Cooked: Prehistoric evidence for cannibalism” on Sept. 26 as part of the Al Stone Lecture Series.