Lectures for High Schools

Department of Art and Design


  • Dr. Kathy Curnow, “Art of the Benin Kingdom”, or “The Kongo Kingdom and African-American Art and Culture”

School of Communication

Contact: Rashelle Baker, 216-687-6991,

  • Dr. Cheryl Bracken, “Telepresence/Media Immersion and Politics”

Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology

Contact: Carol Lade, 216-687-4517,

  • Dr. Peter Dunham, “Archaeological Project in Belize,” or “Why Is There No Scientific (Biological) Basis to Race?”
  • Dr. Barbara Hoffman, “So Many Looks, So Many Languages: How Did We Get Here?”
  • Dr. Dana Hubbard, “What is Criminology?”
  • Dr. Wendy Regoeczi, “Who Done It? Exploring the Importance of Forensic Evidence for Solving Homicide Cases”
  • Dr. Michael Skladany, “The Greening of Northeast Ohio: Local and Global Food Chains”

Department of Economics


  • Dr. Vasilios (Bill) Kosteas; various topics: from labor economics and international trade to minimum wage legislation, and the effect of imports and offshoring on labor markets.

Department of English

Contact: 216-687-3951,

  • Dr. Julie Burrell, "‪Black Words Matter: The Poetry of Contemporary Hip-hop"
  • Ms. Melanie Gagich, "‪Stressed Out?  How to Prepare for College Writing"
  • Dr. Jeff Karem, "Langston Hughes and the Blues"
  • Dr. Jeff Karem, "Why America Needs Literature"
  • Dr. Gregory Sadlek, “English Present and Past: History, Language Change, and ‘Good English’”
  • Ms. Barbara Walker, ‪"Look Before You Leap: How to Make the Jump to College Writing"

Department of History


  • Dr. Thomas Humphrey, “Colonial America,” or “The American Revolution”
  • Dr. Meshack Owino, “20th Century Africa: Kenya”
  • Dr. Shelley Rose, “Weimar Germany”, or “War and Peace in Europe in the 20th Century”

School of Music

Contact: Katrina Keller, 216-687-2151,

  • Dr. John Perrine, “The Improvised Life informed by Improvisation in Music”

Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion

Contact: 216-687-3900,

  • Dr. Allyson Robichaud, “Bioethics”

Department of Political Science

Contact: Virginia Romero, 216-687-4541,

  • Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, “Europe as a Novel Political System”
  • Dr. Qingshan Tan, “China’s Rise”, or “U.S.-China Relations”

School of Social Work


  • Dr. Christopher Mallett, “The School to Prison Pipeline”

Department of Theatre and Dance

Contact: Kate Klotzbach, 216-687-2113,

  • Dr. Holly Holsinger, “Introduction for Acting”
  • Ms. Lynn Deering, “Studying Dance at the University”

Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Dr. Tama Engelking, “The Marquis de Lafayette and America"
    Description: A general overview of the Marquis de Lafayette’s involvement with the American Revolution and friendship with Washington.  It is also an opportunity to highlight the archive we have at Cleveland State and how we got it.  (Language: French or English).
  • Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera, “Latinos in the US”
    Description: An overview of the Latino population in the US, their history, contributions, and presence. In addition, we will examine some of their challenges and issues affecting them.
  • Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera, “Language and Dialectal Differences in the Spanish Speaking World”
    Description:  An opportunity to look at the linguistic variety in the Spanish-speaking world, with a special focus on vocabulary and pronunciation.
  • Dr. Annie Jouan-Westlund, “French Rap Music”
    Description: An overview of the French Hip Hop Scene from the 1980s to today focusing on lyrics, themes, and social issues.
  • Dr. Abed Tayyara, “Understanding Islam”
    Description: The aim of this talk is to introduce basic information about Islam, such as  Islamic teachings (Qur'an, the pillar of Islam, prophethood in Islam, comparison between Islam and other religions, etc). It also includes a historical background about major figures in Islam. 
  • Dr. Stephen Gingerich, “Spanish pop-rock”
    Description: Specifically how it combines an international rock idiom with traditional Spanish folk traditions.
  • Dr. Stephen Gingerich, “Historical and political consciousness in contemporary German pop-rock”
  • Ms. Elia Iafelice, “English terminology in Italian language”
    Description:  Inclusion of English terminology in Italian, with a special emphasis in technology, fashion, culinary and social media.