Previous Coffee Shop Talks


Thursday, February 2, 2017
The Hard Stuff: Tragic Films, Reflection, and Transcendence
Dr. Guan-Soon Khoo, English Department, Assistant Professor


Thursday, November 5, 2015
Creating the Uncommon Application, Getting the Most Out of a College Search
Dr. Brenda Poggendorf, Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Three Views of Cuba: Ours, Theirs and the Truth
Dr. Lynn Talbot, Professor of Spanish

Thursday, September 3, 2015
From Ants to Tigers - Agriculture and Wildlife Conservation in Northern India 
Dr. Valerie Banschbach, Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies department

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Tangent Unavoided: Is a 21st Century Liberal Arts Education Worth the Cost?
Dr. Mathew Fleenor, Associate Professor of Physics

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Magna Carta: What's So Great about the Great 'Great Charter' 
Mr. Timothy Isaacs and Mr. Michael Pace, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law

Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff
Coffee Shop Book Club with Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris, Lecturer of Religion and Philosophy

Thursday, March 12, 2015
History Wars: Taking to the Streets over US AP History
Dr. Whitney Leeson, Professor and Chair of History, Dr. Ivonne Wallace Fuentes, Associate Professor of History,
Dr. Rob Willingham, Associate Professor of History, and Dr. Mary Henold, Associate Professor of History

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Father Knows Best? Arranged Marriage in Contemporary India
Dr. Meeta Mehrotra, Associate Professor of Sociology


Thursday, September 4, 2014
"Ukraine and Great Power Politics in the 21st Century"
Dr. Martha Kuchar, Chairperson and Professor of English,
and Dr. Andreea Mihalache-O'Keef, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs


Thursday, May 2, 2013
"Are Democracies Fated to Commit Suicide?"
Mr. G. Michael Pace, The Center for Teaching the Rule of Law

Thursday, April 4, 2013
"Race in the Floodwaters: Whiteness in Television Coverage of Hurricane Katrina"
Dr. Debra Burns Melican, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Thursday, March 14, 2013
"Caffeine and Heroin: The Biochemistry of Addiction"
Dr. Catherine Sarisky, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Thursday, February 6, 2013
"The Economics of Health and Health Care"
Dr. Alice Kassens, Associate Professor of Economics


Thursday, February 2 , 2012
"When Social Media Disrupts"
Dr. Denise Adkins, Associate Professor of Psychology

Thursday, March 1, 2012
"Good Girls Don't Salome in Renaissance Art"
Dr. Jane Long, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Professor of Art History

Thursday, April 5, 2012
"Intersex Fish?  Effects of Estrogen in Virginia's Waterways"
Dr. Chris Lassiter, Associate Professor of Biology

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Is there Freedom without Free Will? Determinism and Ethics"
Dr. Brent Adkins, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Thursday, September 6, 2012
"A Cappella Insights"
Looking For an Echo

Thursday, October 4, 2012
"The 2012 Elections"
Dr. Harry Wilson, Professor of Political Science

Thursday, November 1, 2012
"Who's #1 in College Football? The BCS and Mathematical Ranking Systems
Dr. Roland Minton, Capp-Whitehead Professor of Mathematics

Thursday, December 6, 2012
"The Maya and the End of Time"
Dr. Jim Ogier, Professor of German and Linguistics