Monday evening I attended the last lecture of the Fall 2017 Saul O Sidore Lecture Series here at Plymouth State University. In 1979 the Sidore Lecture Series was established by PSU and the Sidore Memorial Foundation after his work with humanitarianism. This years brochure writes “the series brings a wide variety of speakers to campus to address critical issues and events in politics, society, and culture, topics that reflect Sidore’s interests”.
For those interested in attending a lecture in the future:
All Sidore lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Lectures are presented in the Smith Recital Hall in the Silver Center for the Arts, unless otherwise noted. For more info feel free to contact the Silver Center directly.
Advocating For Kids
I had the pleasure to listen to Irwin Redlener speak about the challenges children face trying to access health care. Redlener is the co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund, which was created to develop health care programs across the nation. This initiative was created to target 25 of the most medically deprived communities, both rural and urban. In addition, he is the founder and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. The center focuses on the vulnerability of children during and after large-scale disasters. I was sitting at the edge of my seat I listened to him speak, for the first time since creating my Global Health major I was listening to someone speak who was doing exactly what I hope for with my future. Through this experience I was able to get his email and the title of his latest book, The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for 21st Century America. The book pinpoints ” inadequate education, barriers to health care, and crushing poverty make it overwhelmingly difficult for many children to realize their dreams”.