Speaker Series Coming Events

Reservations Required for All Events – Call 556-4154 or email manager@facclub.org
Buffet lunch served – 11:30 am
Speaker – Noon

2016-17 Season Speakers Series

Meet in the 8th Floor Banquet Room, 850 Lindner within Varsity Village.  Lunch begins at 11:30 AM with our guest speaker beginning at Noon.  Lunch is free to Faculty Club Members; $7 for non-members.


Thursday, September 22, 2016         James Kellaris, PhD 

Title: “Earworms – Why Certain Tunes Get Stuck in Our Heads.”  Dr. Kellaris’ research seeks to identify characteristics of music that make them memorable; but maybe drive you crazy when that tune gets stuck in your head. 

Dr. Kellaris is the Womack/Gemini Corporation Professor of Signage and Visual Marketing within the UC Lindner College of Business since 1989.  He holds a PhD in Marketing from Georgia State University as well as MS in Marketing Research and AB for French & Music Composition.  His research interests include the influences of music on consumers.   Dr. Kellaris’ work on the “earworm” phenomenon resulted in the introduction of the term into Webster-Meriam dictionary.


Thursday October 27, 2016              Paul Muller, AIA

Title: “Historic Preservation in Cincinnati:  What’s Going On & Where is it Headed.”  There is a new sense of excitement in Cincinnati, much of it driven by reuse of our historic architecture.  Investment and people are returning to Over-the-Rhine and other the historic neighborhoods, many historic buildings in downtown are being renovated at a record pace and our treasured icons are being thoughtfully restored.  The city is cited as a leader for its use of historic buildings and neighborhoods to create cultural and economic activity. Where older buildings were once seen as signs of blight and neglect, they are now fueling urban vitality and an ushering in dynamic new phase in the history of Cincinnati.  The program will present updates on specific preservation efforts and will outline CPA's broader strategy which is expansion of the preservation role.

Paul Muller is the Executive Director of the Cincinnati Preservation Society.   CPA is a private, nonprofit organization serving Greater Cincinnati in the preservation of historic, cultural resources through education and advocacy. 


Thursday January 26, 2017               Edward Latessa, PhD

Title: “Ten Lessons Learned from Evaluating Correctional Programs.”  Drawing nearly 40 years of studying both adult and juvenile correctional programs, this presentation will focus on what works and what doesn’t in reducing recidivism.  Included will be an overview of the major predictors of criminal behavior and some characteristics of effective programs.

Dr. Latessa received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1979 and is Director and Professor of the UC School of Criminal Justice.  He has published over 150 works in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice and has directed over 150 funded research projects including studies of juvenile justice programs, drug courts, prison programs, halfway houses and drug programs. 


Thursday February 23, 2017             Melissa Berling, Sr. HR Recruiter

Title: “Quilts:  Pointing the Way.”   Join us for African American History Month regarding quilts and how they played a role in the Underground Railroad.  View numerous quilts detailing patterns used to communicate “in plain view.”

Melissa Berling is a quilter and UC Sr. HR Recruiter with our central Human Resources department.  She received her BA in Personnel from UC A&S and began quilting in 1989 while living in Georgia.  She became interested in the history of quilts and their significance in women’s lives.  She has given this lecture/talk at the UC Libraries’ Friends of the Library series and was exhibit curator for Black History Month in 2003.  Melissa has presented this lecture/talk at various quilt guild meetings across our tristate region. 


Thursday March 23, 2017                 Jon Hughes, MA, Sean Hughes, MA, & Adrian Parr, PhD.

Title: “Intimate Realities of Water.” A global water crisis is on the horizon.  Jon Hughes, Sean Hughes and Adrian Parr have just completed a documentary film after traveling across the globe for UNESCO.  They worked in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, Tanzania with a stop-over in Israel.  Their film is being considered for several film festivals both locally and internationally.  Lecture with film “snippets.”

Jon Hughes is a photojournalist and professor of English with UC A&S (retired).  He has been on the staff of three daily and two alternative papers as well as writing and producing radio shows and TV documentaries.

Sean Hughes is Educator Professor of Journalism, Photojournalism & Design Coordinator with UC A&S.  He is primary art director for City Beat newspaper and the Sondheim Review magazine.

Dr. Adrian Parr is Professor and Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center; Department of Political Science & DAAP and UNESCO Water Co-Chair.  Dr. Parr received her PhD from Monash University and specializes in politics, environmental politics, and water justice to name just a few. 

If you have suggestions for entertaining and informative speakers, email the topic, speaker, and contact information to facclub@uc.edu.  

Previous Speakers:

2015-2016 Season

  • Kelly Cohen, PhD, "Making the Case for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)"
  • Steven Howe, PhD, "The Changing Demographics of the UC Faculty, 1990 to 2015"
  • Ethan Katz, PhD, "The meaning of Charlie Hebdo: Muslims & Jews in France, Yesterday & Today"
  • Eva Enkelmann, PhD, "Building the Earth’s highest coastal mountain range – the St. Elias Mountains in Southeast Alaska"
  • Julie Heath, PhD, "Can You Measure That? UC’s Economics Center and the Community"


2014-2015 Season:

  • Dr. Attila Kilinc, Professor, Arts & Sciences, "Shake and Bake: Earthquakes & Volcanoes"
  • Dr. Michael Benson, Professor, CECH, "Corporate Fraud and the American Economy"
    Tommy Tuberville, UC Head Football Coach


2013-2014 Season:

  • Professor Mark Godsey, "The Ohio Innocence Project"
    Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley
  • Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Beverly Davenport
  • Dr. Elizabeth Frierson, Associate Professor of History, "World War I and the Arts"
  • Associate Professor and Creative Writing Director Leah Stewart, "The History of Us"


2012-2013 Season:

  • Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, Developments in Cincinnati
  • Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, Hamilton County Coroner, "Coroner 101: An Introduction to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office and Crime Laboratory"
  • Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar Mike Magazine, "Sports by the Numbers"
  • UC Police Chief Michael Cureton, "The Jeanne Clery Act"
  • Drs. Stephen Mockabee, Patrick Miller and Andrew Lewis, Political Science, "The 2012 Elections"
  • Drs. William Jensen, Henry Fenichel and Milton Orchin, Scientist in the Service of Israel: The Life and Times of Ernst David Bergmann (1903-1975)

2011-2012 Season:

  • Dr. Steven Ellis, Classics, "A Day in Pompeii"
  • Nancy Riley, 2012 World Choir Games
  • Butch Jones, Head Coach UC Football
  • Dr. George Uetz, Biological Sciences, "Yes, Virginia, There IS a Spider Lab at UC"
  • Greg Hand, Director of UC Public Relations, "The WPA Guide to Cincinnati"
  • Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati Enquirer Social Issues/Minority Affairs Reporter and Author, A Promise in Haiti: A Reporter's Notes on Families and Daily Lives
  • Dr. Ken Tankersley, Anthropology, "Archaeological Evidence for Climate Change in the Greater Cinicnnati Area"
    "A Conversation with Mary Ronan" Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools

2010-2011 Season:

  • Dr. George Vredeveld, Economics Center for Education & Research, Cincinnati and the Economy
  • Dr. Michael Sitko, Physics, Astonishing Things in Astronomy
  • Jeff Dundon, UC Foundation, Estate Planning: Learn the New RulesBefore They Expire and What Never Changes
    Greg Hardman, President, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and Michael Morgan, author of “Over the Rhine: When Beer was King”,Over the Rhine Brewery District
  • Drs. Barbara Bardes, Stephen Mockabee and Al Tuchfarber, The 2010 Mid-Term Elections: Sea Change or Tempest in a Teapot?
  • Dr. Richard Harknett, The Obama Administration and Foreign Policy – A Midterm Assessment
  • Dr. Theresa Leininger-Miller, DAAP , The Transatlantic Connection:  New Negro Artists in Paris, 1922-1934

2009-2010 Season:

  • Bill Mulvihill and Jeff Dundon, UC Foundation
  • John Schneider, Alliance for Regional Transit, A Desire Named Streetcar - Streetcar Proposal
  • Nancy Huth, Taft Museum of Art, Dutch Utopia
  • Bernadette Plair, Cincinnati Zoo CREW Program
  • Kevin Grace, University Archivist, Notorious Cincinnatians
  • Dina Bailey, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • John Andrews and Jeff Corcoran, Preparing for a Global Epidemic

2008-2009 Season:

  • Aubrey Berg, CCM Musical Theater Department
  • Jay Chatterjee, Deconstruction of Politics and Architecture at UC
  • Mick Cronin, Head Coach, UC Basketball
  • Tim Johnson, Johnson Investment Counsel, Economic Update
  • Robin Engel, CECH, Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence
  • Brian Kelly, Head Coach, UC Football
  • Jennifer E. Williams, Out of the Crossfire
  • Jenefer Robinson, A&S, Emotional Responses to Music
  • Richard Harknett, McCain’s or Obama’s Inheritance:  Post-Bush World Politics and What Either Can Do About It