Truman State University to host variety of speakers in coming weeks

In the next few weeks, Truman State University will host several guest speakers who will discuss a wide range of topics including the future of medicine, World War II and an endangered Native Alaskan language, among others.

Amy Michelle DeBaets will examine the future of medicine when artificial intelligence, health care and ethics collide with her presentation â??Dr. Watson: A.I., Ethics, and the Future of Medicine,â?? at 11:30 a.m. March 20 in the Student Union Building Room 3202. DeBaets is an assistant professor of bioethics at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and a Faculty Scholar in the University of Chicago Program on Medicine and Religion for 2013-2015.

The School of Science and Mathematics will host distinguished speaker Chaim Goodman-Strauss at 7 p.m. March 20 in Magruder Hall 2001. Goodman-Strauss, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Arkansas, will present â??How the World Fits Together.â??

Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar Tyler Burge will give a public talk entitled â??Perception: Origins of Mindâ?? at 7 p.m. March 21 in Baldwin Hall 176. Burge, a philosophy professor at UCLA, is the author of numerous articles in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, philosophy of language and logic, and history of philosophy. His most recent book is â??Origins of Objectivity.â??

Trumanâ??s Global Issues Colloquium will continue at 7 p.m. March 21 in Magruder Hall 2001. Meg Edwards, visiting professor of political science, will present â??Presidential Instability in South America.â??

The Truman Department of History will host Dr. Shannon Fogg, associate professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, who will deliver the 2013 Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. At Missouri S&T, Fogg teaches courses in the areas of modern France, the French Revolution and Europe during the Second World War. Her lecture is entitled â??Stealing Home: The Looting of Jewish Apartments in Paris During the Second World War.â??

The Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture, established by Joseph Vreeland in memory of his wife who graduated from Truman in 1973, gives the University community the opportunity to hear public lectures by scholars of international reputation.

Award-winning author Dr. John Smelcer will visit Truman March 27-28 to visit classes and participate in a series of public events. Smelcer is one of the last speakers familiar with the Ahtna language, an endangered Alaska Native language. He has authored 45 books in an eclectic range of interests and disciplines. Aside from Smelcerâ??s many novels and poetry collections, he has published works in history, mythology, anthropology, archaeology and linguistics, as well as anthologies, plays, screenplays, dictionaries and childrenâ??s picture books. His short stories, poems, interviews and essays have appeared in more than 400 magazines and journals worldwide.

At 6 p.m. March 27 in Violette Hall 1010, Smelcer will present â??The World Raven Made: Ahtna Athabaskan Culture, Language and Myth.â??

The Truman State University Press will host an open house and book signing meet and greet from 2-4 p.m. March 28 on the third floor of the General Services Building, located at the corner of Franklin and Patterson streets.

From 7-8:30 p.m. March 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A, Smelcer will participate in a public reading of his poetry, followed by a book signing. More information about Smelcer and his work is available on his website,

All events are free and open to the public. To stay up to date on all of the events taking place on Trumanâ??s campus, visit the University Master Calendar at