Penn State laureate to begin spring portion of Forum Speaker Series

University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State Forum Speaker Series continues in January with its spring semester series and will kick-off with Penn State Laureate Robin Becker’s presentation, titled “Works and Days: A Poetry Reading,” on Friday, Jan. 14, in the President’s Hall at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

Becker, author of seven books of poems, is liberal arts research professor of English at Penn State. She serves as contributing and poetry editor for the Women's Review of Books; her column on the contemporary poetry scene, "Field Notes," appears regularly. During the 2010-11 academic year, Becker is serving as the Penn State Laureate.

The Forum series is modeled after the National Press Club Speaker Series, which includes a presentation by an invited speaker, followed by audience questions. The luncheons are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other speakers for the semester include:

-- James W. McJunkin, assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division National Security Branch, “Counterterrorism Overview” on Friday, Feb. 25, in the President’s Hall at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

-- Hal F. Rosenbluth, Walgreens senior vice president and president of Walgreens Health and Wellness Division, “Caring to Compete: An Inside Look at how Companies that Focus on their People First, not their Customers, Provide the Best Service and the Resultant Profits” on Wednesday, March 2, in the President’s Hall at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

-- Ed Montgomery, director of recovery and executive director of White House Council for Auto Communities and Workers, “Stepping Back from the Abyss: Auto Companies and Communities” on Thursday, April 7, in Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center.

Co-sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore and the offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business, the Penn State Forum Speaker Series is open to the general public. Tickets for the Penn State Forum are $18. To purchase tickets for any or all of these events, contact the ID+ Office, located at 103 HUB-Robeson Building, University Park, call 814-865-7590, or visit http://www.pennstateforum.psu.edu/ online for more information.

To suggest future Penn State Forum speakers, contact Karin Foley, chair of the forum committee, at kef3@psu.edu, or coordinator Carol Griffin at cjg3@psu.edu.

Last Updated January 10, 2011