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President’s Lecture Series Spring 2019

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Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, president of Shepherd University, has created this lecture series as part of the Lifelong Learning Program. The lectures are free to the public with advanced registration as seating is limited.


All lectures will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium.

Understanding Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency

Charlie Kiser, Jr., CEO at Atlas Blockchain Group Inc.

Tuesday, February 26

This presentation will delve into the fascinating, mysterious, and ultimately revolutionary genesis, growth and adoption of bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. You’ll hear firsthand about the early struggles, regulatory curiosity and attempts at enforcement, and the early business cases and financial infrastructure that are leveraging this new technology. What are the practical applications of this tech today? How are businesses incorporating the technology? Can regulators globally foster understanding and still maintain control? This lecture will answer these questions and highlight the opportunities available with cryptocurrencies.

The Neural Underpinnings of Memory Function in Aging and Disease

Dr. Arnold Bakker, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at John Hopkins School of Medicine

Monday, March 25

Dr. Arnold Bakker is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research focuses on the neural underpinnings of memory function in aging and disease including Alzheimer’s disease, specifically using neuroimaging methods. He’s also an investigator on a new clinical trial for individuals with mild memory problems.

An Evening with Charlie Matthau

Charlie Matthau, Film and Television Director and Actor (Interviewed by Alan Gibson)

Monday, April 22

Join Alan Gibson and Charlie Matthau for an on-stage discussion of what it was like growing up in Hollywood royalty, what he learned from his dad, and who were his mentors. They will discuss the current state of the film industry and how it’s evolved from those early days.

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