Michio Kaku, Ph.D.

Michio-Kaku-Headshot.jpg"Physics of the Future"

March 19, 2014
7 p.m.

Wright State University Nutter Center

Michio Kaku is an internationally recognized authority in two areas. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Kaku is attempting to complete. The other is predicting trends affecting business, commerce, and finance based on the latest research in science. He is one of the world's most widely recognized science figures. He currently holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York (CUNY) and has been a professor at CUNY for almost 30 years. His goal is to complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string theory, a major branch of string theory, which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything.

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LeRoy Butler

Former NFL player with Green Bay Packers, advocate for disadvantaged youth

"Be a leader, Not a Follower"

Leroy-Butler.jpgFebruary 11, 2014

5:30 p.m. Public Reception
Endeavour Room, Student Union

7 p.m. Lecture
Apollo Room, Student Union

Book Signing
Immediately following lecture

LeRoy Butler is a former NFL player who played strong safety for his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1990-2001). Since retiring, he has become a vocal advocate for underprivileged youth. Butler has helped raise money for women, men, and families affected by breast cancer.

Butler was born so pigeon-toed that doctors had to operate on both of his feet to correct the problem. Much of his early childhood was spent in a wheelchair or leg braces, gazing out the window at children playing. However, when he was eight years old, Butler accidentally discovered he no longer needed leg braces. Butler’s sister inadvertently knocked him out of his wheelchair and sent his braces flying…and he picked himself up and discovered he could walk—and even run! He became the star of the neighborhood and high school football teams. Butler went on to win a football scholarship to Florida State University. With the Green Bay Packers, Butler earned a Super Bowl ring and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times (1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998). In 2007, he was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame. Since retiring from his distinguished pro football career, Butler has supported a number of organizations that work with disadvantaged young people, declaring, “I’ll never forget where I came from.”

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Rocsi Diaz

Rocsi-Diaz.jpgEntertainment Host and Reporter
 

"It Takes a Village"
Cultivating Common Ground through Community Engagement and Civic Responsibility

August 23, 2013
3 p.m.
Freshman Convocation
Wright State University Nutter Center

Entertainment Tonight reporter Rocsi Diaz will serve as keynote speaker for this year's Freshman Convocation ceremony and first Presidential Lecturer of the 2013–14 series. Born in Honduras, the bilingual television personality previously co-anchored BET's flagship show 106 & Park from 2006 to 2012.

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David Frum

David-Frum.jpgConservative Author, Former Presidential Speechwriter

"An Evening with David Frum"

November 14, 2013

2:30 p.m. Discussion with David Frum
Millett Hall Atrium

5:30 p.m. Public Reception
Endeavour Room, Student Union

7 p.m. Lecture
Apollo Room, Student Union

Book Signing
Immediately following lecture

David Frum is best known as an advocate for the reform and modernization of the Republican party. He is a contributing editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast and is also a CNN contributor. Frum serves on the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition and as vice chairman and an associate fellow of the R Street Institute.

Frum is the author of eight books including most recently the e-book, Why Romney Lost, and his first novel, Patriots. From 2001 to 2002, Frum served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. From 2007 to 2008, he was a senior policy adviser to the Giuliani-for-president campaign. Frum is Canadian-American but was a citizen of Canada when he joined the Bush administration.

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