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Special Events

Thanks to generous sponsors, York College will host a variety of outstanding lectures and bring noteworthy speakers such as Dr. Helen Fisher and Soledad O’Brien on campus to address timely and relevant topics. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend these free events as they are sure to generate plenty of discussion.

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Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien Lecture on Diversity
Sept. 12, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Soledad O’Brien, a champion of diversity who has given voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” will speak at York College.
Hood Nation
Hood Nation: Deetour
Sept. 13, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Hood Nation is a multi-diverse dance company based out of Philadelphia, PA. Undefined by styles, the company dedicates themselves to the preservation of Hip Hop culture through educational programs and stage performances.
Dr. Helen Fisher
The Neuroscience of Innovation with Dr. Helen Fisher
Oct. 9, 2018, at 7:15 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
She explores how each personality “type” is predisposed to innovate and suggests how to stimulate your own natural innovative style. Dr. Fisher shows how you can capitalize on your own style of creativity (explorer, builder, director, negotiator) and reach into the minds of others to work effectively together and stimulate innovation.
Ilan Troen
Israel: Challenges & Triumphs in the 21st Century
Oct. 28, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Professor Ilan Troen is a distinguished scholar and historian on Israel who serves as co-editor of the leading journal Israel Studies. Troen has edited two recent works, Zionism in the Twenty-First Century (2014) and Essential Israel: Essays for the Twenty-First Century (2017).
Manisha Sinha
"Allies for Emancipation: Lincoln and the Abolitionists" with Dr. Manisha Sinha
Nov. 1, 2018, at 7 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Professor Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair of American History at the University of Connecticut. Her lecture will highlight the role of the forgotten emancipationists, abolitionists and their radical allies in Congress, in pressuring the Lincoln administration.
Step Afrika!
Step Afrika!
November 2, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Step Afrika! was founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The Company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms.
Leif Ericson
The Leif Ericson Viking Ship: Bringing the Viking World to Life
Nov. 8, 2018, at 6 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
The Leif Ericson Viking Ship, Inc. is living history educational organization dedicated to the study of and education about the early medieval Scandinavians, better known today as the Vikings. Armed with various artifacts, and dressed in authentic Viking-style clothing, members of LEVS will bring the Viking world to life with tales of history and culture, dispelling myths and allowing us a glimpse into the vibrant and exhilarating Viking realities of the early Middle Ages.
Lisa Strum
She Gon’ Learn with Lisa Strum
Nov. 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Lisa is a single woman looking for love, but will she learn from her past mistakes? In a hilarious and poignant tracing of the heart’s scars with spoken word, song, mother wit, a distant father, the trials and tribulations of childhood, a string of bad dates, and a defining relationship that will expose her to one of life’s hardest lessons, we watch Philadelphia actress Lisa Strum play eight different characters as she navigates a triumphant coming of age journey to self-love, and ultimately, self-respect.
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