Niagara University Launches Transformative Visions Presidential Speaker Series
Niagara University will present the first in its Transformative Visions presidential speaker series on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum. Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University, will be the inaugural speaker for the series, which will feature conversations with visionaries who have imagined and struggled to create a just future. The presentations will be accessible to the university community through Zoom: https://niagara-edu.zoom.us/j/89769388535?pwd=QUk4S1IxY0hEUFBRcUFHMFo0Y2Jxdz09
In addition to serving as president of the nation’s leading historically Black university, Dr. Frederick is a national expert on disparities in healthcare and medical education, as well as salient topics in higher education such as the impact of HBCUs, campus intellectual diversity, and gender equity on college campuses. Trained as a surgeon and fellow in surgical oncology, Dr. Frederick continues to treat patients. His medical research focuses on narrowing racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in cancer care outcomes and in U.S. healthcare more broadly. One of the central themes that Dr. Frederick will explore in his talk is imagining—and struggling to achieve—a just system of healthcare during a time of pandemic.
Upcoming presentations in this series include:
- “Politics, Climate Change, Foreign Policy Fireside Chat,” featuring Denis McDonough, former White House chief of staff under president Barack Obama and former White House deputy national security adviser, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
- “Criminal Justice, Policing, and Prisons,” featuring Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Alliance of Families of Justice and the first Black woman to serve as executive director of the Correctional Association of New York, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
- “Environmental Justice, Indigenous Resistance,” featuring Dina Gilio-Whitaker, policy director and senior research associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, and lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.