It is with great pleasure that the Program Committee of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society announces the Fall 2014 speaker series to the University community.

Speeches will begin at 7:29 PM in Jefferson Hall (Hotel C, West Range), unless otherwise noted.

If you have any questions. comments. or concerns, please contact The Society’s Vice President, Ms. Hannah Bondurant.

Fall 2014 Speaker Series
Friday, September 5th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Ms. Karenne Wood
Karenne Wood is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation and serves on the Monacan Tribal Council.  She is currently a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Virginia, working to reclaim indigenous languages and revitalize cultural practices.  She recently edited  The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail, published by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, led the “Beyond Jamestown” Teachers’ Institute, and curated the “Beyond Jamestown: Virginia Indians Past and Present” exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

She was previously the Repatriation Director for the Association on American Indian Affairs, coordinating the return of sacred objects to Native communities.  She has also worked at the National Museum of the American Indian as a researcher, and she directed a tribal history project with the Monacan Nation for six years.  Wood held a gubernatorial appointment as Chair of the Virginia Council on Indians for four years, and she has served on the National Congress of American Indians’ Repatriation Commission.

Source: http://virginiahumanities.org/virginia-indian-program/about/
Friday, September 12th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Mr. Fernando Bermudez
Fernando spent 18 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit after witnesses were allowed to see his mug shot as a group and were asked to discuss his resemblance to the killer. Crystal, Fernando’s wife and mother of their two children, saw Fernando on television and knew from the moment he spoke he was innocent and she had to reach out to him. They were married while Fernando was still in prison and currently the couple travels the world with their family speaking about the problems in the U.S. criminal system that led to his arrest in the first place. - See more at: http://eyewitness.innocenceproject.org/fernando-bermudez/#sthash.oL8L1hPZ.dpuf
Friday, September 19th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Mr. Sam Kean
Sam Kean has written two national bestselling works of literary science, The Disappearing Spoon and most recently, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. The Disappearing Spoon (a Royal Society nominee for one of the top science books of the year) and another of his works The Violinist’s Thumb (a PEN literary science writing award finalist) were names Amazon “Top 5” science books of the year. Aside from these books, Mr. Kean’s stories have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Psychology Today, and The New Scientist. He has also appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

Sam Kean will be presenting a talk on his latest book The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons on Friday, September 19, 2014. All presentations take place in Hotel C, West Range at 7:30PM. Any questions or concerns may be sent to Hannah  Bondurant at hcb4rn@virginia.edu .
Friday, September 26th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Mr. Allen St. Pierre
Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Friday, October 3rd, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Ms. Karin Agness
Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women
Friday, October 31st, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Mr. Mike Bowles
Owner Montdomaine Winery
Friday, November 7th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Dr. Alexander Schuessler
Author A Logic of Expressive Choice
Friday, November 21st, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Dr. Howard Branz
Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy