Guest Speakers Spring 2018

(Pictured left to right: Kofi Opoku, Dr. Steven Kinsey, Ph. D., Nancy Collamer)

Spring 2018 Guest Speakers

Kofi Opoku to speak March 22 at 3 p.m.

The Mary F. Shipper Library will host Kofi Opoku, who will present “Face of Homelessness” on Thursday, March 22 at 3 p.m.  Opoku began this study as his master’s thesis, creating a website where he shares stories of veterans, former drug addicts, the terminally ill, and many others who live on the streets of Morgantown. 

Steven Kinsey, Ph.D. to speak April 9 at 5 p.m.

The Mary F. Shipper Library will host Dr. Steven Kinsey, who will present “Cannabis: Ancient healing medicine or addictive drug?” on Monday, April 9 at 5 p.m.  Dr. Kinsey serves as a professor in the Department of Psychology’s Behavioral Neuroscience program at WVU.  He will present an overview of cannabis, its historic uses, challenges in cannabis research, and its interaction with brain chemistry. 

For more information about Kofi Opoku and Steven Kinsey, contact Nick Gardner at 304-788-6901 or by e-mail at

Timothy French to speak March 28 at 4 p.m.

Timothy French will give a presentation on Wednesday, March 28 in Academy Hall, Room 210 at 4 p.m. about his travels in the Southern Balkans.  Please stop in to hear about his exciting travels.

Nancy Collamer to speak April 10 at 3:30 p.m.

Nancy Collamer is a career counselor and motivational coach who will be speaking in the Davis Conference Center on Tuesday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m.  Her engaging presentation, “The 5 Key Career Lessons Learned From ‘Hidden Figures’ will reveal how to enter and excel in a career when facing challenging circumstances.  Collamer is also a career columnist for (PBS website),, US, and a best-selling author.  

For more information on Nancy Collamer, please contact Virginia Kline at 304-788-6800 or at

“I Am Not Your Negro” will be showing on Tuesday, April 17 at 3 p.m.

I am Not Your Negro Showing at Davis Conference Center April 17 at 3 pm

Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is a documentary that brings to light the racial tensions that have existed in America since 1619, yet the film is also interspersed with glimpses into the life of American author James Baldwin, on whose 30-page unfinished manuscript the film is based. 

The film details his relationships with civil-rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evans, as well as his thoughts on race.  Baldwin profoundly stressed, “The thing we think of as the American racial problem is not the American racial problem. It’s a crisis of the American spirit, with race as the excuse. It’s the disease that we must heal, or it will destroy us.”

I Am Not Your Negro” will be showing on Tuesday, April 17 at 3 p.m. in the Davis Conference Center, with a panel discussion to follow.

All events are free and open to the campus community and to the public