A Conversation with Eric Weiner, “Embark on a Journey of Living Well” - Tuesday, September 28 at 8:00 PM
Time: 08:00 PM
Sebastian Michel is a junior accounting and finance major with a minor in Black studies. Sebastian currently serves as the resident assistant for the Honors LLC in Jogues Hall and the treasurer for Black Student Union. In addition, he is a part of the Alpha Mu Gamma Language Honor Society and St. Bellarmine Pre-Law Society.
Lauren Fleckenstein is a senior philosophy major on the pre-med track with minors in health studies, Black studies and biochemistry. On campus she is a member of CARE team, a tour ambassador, President of the Health Equity Awareness club, promotions director, and show host for WVOF.
Pete Baron is a junior with an individually designed major titled Socioeconomic Inequities: Inevitable or Avoidable? On Campus, Pete is the founder and leader of the Honors Social Justice Book Club, an editor for the Honors Newsletter, and a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society and the St. Bellarmine Pre-Law Society.
Dr. Lacy has worked in Mali since 1994 when he first served in the Peace Corps. Since then, he has partnered with family farmers, teachers, community leaders, plant scientists, engineers, and a host of other knowledge specialists in Mali and throughout the world. A two-time Fulbright Scholar (Mali 2001-2002 & Cameroon 2016-2017), he has presented his work as a consultant and/or keynote speaker for Engineers Without Borders, The Peace Corps, The Material Research Society, ICRISAT Mali, the Institute d’Economie Rural (Bamako, Mali), the Guangxi Maize Research Institute (Nanning, China), the D80 Conference, MIT and, Columbia. Currently, Dr. Lacy is working on a book manuscript that chronicles over two decades of friendship and collaboration in southern Mali. His non-profit and academic work has been featured in two major documentaries: Sustaining Life by Sprint Features (nominated for a 2009 Academy Award), and Nyogonfe: Together (scheduled to be released in 2020).
Lacy is co-editor and author of two popular textbooks, Applying Anthropology, and Applying Cultural Anthropology, both published by McGraw-Hill. He has published a number of book chapters and articles that document cross cultural knowledge production in agriculture, community development, engineering, and even nanotechnology. He was awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and Achievement from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011, the same year he was the inaugural awardee for Otterbein University’s Global Intercultural Achievement Award. In addition to his work as an anthropologist, Lacy is also known for his batik artwork, including one piece that toured the country from 2006-2009 as part of a traveling Smithsonian Folklife Festival exhibit celebrating the U.S. National Parks Service.
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