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2016 Summer Reading

The Other Wes Moore, Written by Wes Moore


This captivating tale takes you on a ride where you will meet two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

Wes Moore will be joining us on October 3, 2016 at 7:30 in McGaw Chapel to give the lecture forum.

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Wilson Lecture

Endowed in 2001 by James R. and Linda R. Wilson, the James R. Wilson Lecture Series in Business Economics brings business and financial leaders to the Wooster campus to share their insights with students, faculty, and the broader community.

The 2016 Wilson Lecture Series will be given on October 5, 2016 at 7:30 in the Wilson Governance Room. The speaker will be Milton Ezrati former Chief Economist ate the Lord Abbett Funds.


Milton Ezratie is a recognized authority in economics and finance with particular interest in questions related to how economies can meet the challenges associated with globalization and aging populations. Mr. Ezrati has been quoted in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Financial Times. He authored the book Kawari which is one of the foremost books detailing the economic changes in Japan.

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Lindner Lecture

The Lindner Endowment was established in 2007 by Carl H. Lindner of Cincinnati, Ohio, to benefit the Department of Philosophy. The purpose of the Lindner Lectureship is to support the teaching of ethics.

The 2016 Linder Lecture will be given on October 6, 2016 at 7:30 in Lean Lecture Room. The speaker will be Dr. Stephen Darwall Chair and Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.


Before his time at Yale Dr. Darwall taught for twenty-four years at the University of Michigan and twelve years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published widely and influentially in ethics and the history of moral philosophy. For further details please visit his webpage. He is also an editor at “Philosophers’ Imprint“.

Please join Dr. Darwall, Dr. Paul Hurley (Claremont McKenna), and Japa Pallikkathayil (Pittsburgh) at 11 a.m. October 7 for an “Author Meets Critics” session.

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Helen Murray Free Lecture

Helen Murray Free graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from The College of Wooster in 1945. Her research in clinical chemistry revolutionized diagnostic testing, particularly the “dip-and-read” glucose tests for diabetics, and she was awarded seven patents for her clinical diagnostic test inventions.

The 2016 Helen Murray Free Lecture will be given on Thursday, October 27. Madeleine Jacobs, former ACS Executive Director will be giving a technical lecture at 11:00 to be followed by a public lecture at 7:30, both of which being held in Lean Lecture.


Madeleine Jacobs retired from the American Chemical Society in 2014 after serving 24 years. As CEO, Jacobs led an ACS staff to a multitude of achievements including a consistently positive net contribution to the society for 10 consecutive years, expanded education, membership and public affairs offerings, and   a record-breaking growth in the databases underpinning Chemical Abstracts Service’s SciFinder.

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Osgood Lecture

The Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lectureship in Geology was endowed in 1981 by his three sons in memory of their father. Dr. Osgood was a paleontologist with an international reputation who taught at Wooster from 1967 until 1981. Funds from this endowment are used to bring a well–known scientist interested in paleontology and/or stratigraphy to the campus each year to lecture and meet with students.

The 2017 Osgood Lecture will be given on March 1, 2017 by Dr. Rob Thieler, Ph.D.


Dr. Thieler is a member of the U.S. Geological Survey team at the Coastal and Marine Geology Program in Woods Hole, MA. Dr. Thieler will be presenting on March 1, 2017 to help celebrate 150 years of Wooster.

More information regarding the research of Dr. Thieler in addition to publications and presentations can be found at the Northeast Climate Science Center webpage.

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