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Edinboro Announces Fall Al Stone Lecture Series

Posted on September 7th, 2018 at 10:48 AM
Edinboro Announces Fall Al Stone Lecture Series

EDINBORO, Pa. – Another season of academic discussion and community engagement is returning to Edinboro University this month with the fall block of the Al Stone Lecture Series. 

This fall’s schedule includes discussions about cultural and current trends, including monetary theory, economic impact of tariffs and memoir writing.

“When planning this 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 events and familiar names in our culture.” 

During the fall session of the 2018 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. 20 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.

Featured in this fall’s series is Dr. Roger Solberg, an associate professor in Edinboro’s English and Philosophy Department and the 2017 Faculty Member of the Year award winner. On Oct. 11, he will discuss his own upbringing in Staten Island and his writing strategies in “New York City's Forgotten Borough: A Staten Island Boyhood and the Art of Memoir-Writing.”

Fall 2018 Al Stone Lecture Series Schedule:

  • 20: “Modern Monetary Theory” – Presenter: Professor Robert Cogan, retired philosophy faculty member, will discuss the monetary theory of Stephanie Kelton, economics advisor to the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign.
  • 27: “Trump, Trade and the International System” – Presenter: Dr. Gerry Gendlin has taught at Tufts University, College of the Holy Cross, and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Since coming to Edinboro, he has taught 13 different courses, including American Foreign Policy, National Security, Politics of Russia and American Politics.
  • 4: “The Economic Costs and Benefits of Tariffs.” – Presenter: Dr. Michael Morrison serves as the assistant chair of the Department of Business and Economics at Edinboro University.
  • 11: “New York City's Forgotten Borough: A Staten Island Boyhood and the Art of Memoir-Writing” – Presenter: Dr. Roger Solberg’s essays have been published in The New York Times as well as many other publications. He is a professor in the English and Philosophy Department and director of the Edinboro University Honors Program.
  • 18: “China's One-Belt-One-Road Policy: Mutual Aid or Hegemony?” – Presenter: Dr. Xin Chen is a frequent lecturer in China and author of scholarly articles on international trade. She is a professor in the History, Politics, Language and Cultures Department at Edinboro University. 

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. 

“The Al Stone series has become an essential program in our academic calendar, as it focuses on connecting faculty and experts to Edinboro and our community, 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