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Distinguished Lecture Series

supported by an MCCC Foundation designated fund

All lectures -- free and open to the public -- are at 12 noon in the CM Building on the West Windsor campus.
For additional information, call (609) 570-3324 or e-mail

Spring 2018 Semester
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Thursday, February 8, 2018 - room CM109

"The Pioneering Women of Wall Street"


Dr. George Robb will discuss the first generation of women investors and stockbrokers, from the 1870s to the 1920s. Forgotten by historians, these daring women blazed financial trails and sparked public outcries over women's unsuitability for the rough-and-tumble world of the stock market. Dr. Robb has been a professor at William Paterson University for more than 20 years and is the author of three books, most recently Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression (2017).

Recommended by: Associate Professor Leonard Winogora, Department of Philosophy

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - room CM109

"Data-Driven Discovery: Astronomy in the Era of Large Surveys"


Large, digital surveys of the night sky have revolutionized astronomy. No longer tethered to their telescopes, astronomers instead have access to terabytes of data on hundreds of millions of stars and galaxies through the internet. John Bochanski, an assistant professor of Physics at Rider University, will explore the motivation behind large surveys, detail some of his results, and discuss the data-rich future of large astronomical surveys, most notably Gaia and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

Recommended by: Professor Laura Blinderman, Department of Biology

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - room CM107

"New Jersey Human Trafficking"


Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri will explore who human traffickers are, who the victims are, methods to coerce and control victims into trafficking, and the business of human trafficking. The lecture will also address human trafficking in Mercer County and the surrounding area including the recent conviction of Breion Turner. Additionally, we will explore human trafficking in the sex trade, labor industry, and farming industry.

Recommended by: Professor Cavit Cooley, Department of Criminal Justice

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - room CM107

"Careers in Aging"

Dr. Jessica L. Israel, MD, Corporate Chair of Geriatrics for Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, will lecture on the topic of "Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine: Top 10 Life Lessons."

Recommended by: Dr. Robert Schreyer, Dean of Health Professions

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - room CM109

"The Holocaust in Recent Feature Films: Problematic Trends and Themes"

Dr. Jonathan C. Friedman, Professor of History and Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Chester University, will lecture on the representation of the Holocaust in recent films, focusing on three problematic trends: the reversal of perpetrator and victim archetypes, conflation of comedy and drama, and the use of the Holocaust as a surrogate for nationalist narratives.

Recommended by: Professor Craig Coenen, Department of History