The Spring 2017 lineup includes…

January 25, 2017, 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center

Art and Civic Life: Becoming a Creative Activist

Deborah Fisher, Executive Director of A Blade of Grass

Deborah Fisher, practicing artist, founding Executive Director of A Blade of Grass, and board member of the Center for Artistic Activism will discuss her work to expand the roles art and artists play within communities. She has worked in many capacities at the intersection of art and civic life in New York City, and has much wisdom to share regarding arts funding and socially engaged art.


plalemay07February 8, 2017, 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center

Data Mining Meets the Research Library

Dr. Beth Plale, Full Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University

Plale is a Full Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University where she directs the Data To Insight Center and serves as Science Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute. Her research interests are in Big Data, long-term preservation and curation of scientific and scholarly data, large-scale data management, metadata and provenance, data trustworthiness and security, and data-driven cyberinfrastructure and cloud computing. Plale is deeply engaged in interdisciplinary research and education in earth and environmental sciences, digital humanities, health, and social sciences.

February 15, 2017, 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center

atl-headshotHow Did They Know That? How Sharing on Facebook Leads to Consumer Profiling

Amy Turner LaDow, Director for SAP’s Chief Customer Office, IT Strategist for Emerging Technologies

LaDow (Valpo, B.S., Mathematics, 1986) currently works in SAP’s Chief Customer Office helping clients get more value out of their enterprise software. She has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in and around enterprise software.You have likely agreed to let Facebook and other social media outlets use your public data to create advertisements specifically targeted to you. Sometimes the connection to an advertisement is obvious (think Facebook check-in coupons); other times they are able to correlate data to recommend products using sophisticated analytical skills (think a Facebook friend puts something in her amazon cart). Come hear Amy Turner LaDow talk about how they do that and how you can both protect yourself and make the influx of advertisements more relevant.

February 22, 2017, 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center

First Do No Harm: Health Policy for Better Healthcare

Janice Phillips, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for CGFNS International, Inc.

Dr. Phillips will look at the essential role of policy in creating better healthcare systems and practice. She has held key roles as a nurse researcher, academician, international scholar, clinician and consultant and served as the Project Director for the Culturally Competent Nursing Project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. In addition, she stimulated and oversaw health disparities research at 20 minority and major academic partnership centers while serving as Program Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH).

March 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center

Advocating for the Immigrant: How One Alum Became a Lawyer for the Marginalized

Hannah C. Cartwright, staff attorney in the Detained Programs for the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

Cartwright joined PIRC in May 2016 after working at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, PA, where she worked in the domestic violence program filing U visas, applications under the Violence Against Women Act, and asylum, as well as representing clients in family-based petitions and removal defense more generally. Prior to that, Hannah served as an Attorney Advisor at the Philadelphia Immigration Court as a part of the Department of Justice Honors Program. She obtained her JD and Masters of Social Work simultaneously at Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 2013, where she cultivated both clinical and legal skills to provide holistic legal services to immigrants and victims of trauma. She also holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Valparaiso University. Hannah is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves as co-chair of the Philadelphia AILA Pro Bono Liaison Committee for 2015-2017.


April 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center

Making Non-Profits Next-Level: Making Non-Profits Next-Level: Using Technology for Lasting Change

Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN

Alumnus Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN, will discuss her work facilitating the nonprofit technology sector’s transition into a movement-based force for positive change. Co-author of Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community, she will share both practical advice and her own story of engaging in this work and starting NTEN


April 19, 2017, 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center

Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing The World than Actually Changing the World?

Rev. Eugene Cho, Founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church

Eugene Cho is the founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington. He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – “a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.” The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement that promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages) and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. Eugene recently released his first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? 


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