Cook kicks off spring Forum lineup

January 13, 2009

Kim Cook, Penn State laureate, will present "Making Music at Penn State: A Cellist's Story," as the next speaker in the Penn State Forum series. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. This event was scheduled originally to be held in the Nittany Lion Inn, but has been moved to the Penn Stater to accommodate both a larger stage for Cook and cellists who will perform with her as part of the presentation, and the large number of guests who have purchased tickets to the sold-out event.

Cook has performed to critical acclaim as a soloist in 25 countries including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, China, Israel, Jordan, Latin America, and throughout the United States. She has toured extensively as an International Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, presenting concerts and master classes throughout the world.

The luncheons, modeled after the National Press Club Speaker Series, include a presentation by an invited speaker, followed by audience questions. The doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the speaker beginning at noon. This year the series is being sponsored by the offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Senior Vice president for Finance and Business, and the Penn State Bookstore. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the id+Office at 103 HUB-Robeson or by calling (814) 865-7590.

The remainder of the schedule for spring semester follows:

-- Mark Schapiro, author, "Global Environmental Power in the 21st Century," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, President's Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Schapiro is the editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit organization of journalists producing investigative stories for all media. His recent book, "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power" investigates the response of U.S. business to the heightening of environmental standards in the European Union.

-- Arlie O. Petters,
professor of mathematics and physics, Duke University, "Einstein, Extra Dimensions and Black Holes," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, President's Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Petters' research on gravitational lensing deals with how light is affected by the warping of space and time. He was the first to develop the mathematical theory of gravitational lensing, which brought powerful methods from pure mathematics to bear on astronomy. Petters also pioneered new applications of gravitational lensing in physics, predicting effects that probe the nature of spacetime around black holes and developing tests of gravitational theories like Einstein's general relativity and hyperspace gravity models.

-- Bruce Christopher, psychologist/humorist, "Why are Women So Strange and Men So Weird? Effective Communication with the Opposite Sex," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn. Christopher is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience as a speaker, trainer and consultant.

-- Catherine Bertini, professor of public administration, Maxwell School, "The Secret to Ending Hunger: Invest in Women," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 4, President's Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Following more than a decade of service to the United Nations, Bertini joined the faculty of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2005. She teaches courses in humanitarian action, U.N. management and girls' education. Currently, she is senior Fellow for agriculture development in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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