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The Roundtable Series is hosted by the Honors Program every semester. Rountables are an informal forum in which faculty and guest lecturers can present on their research and topics of interest to the campus community. Please see below for a list of upcoming and past Roundtable presentations.

Fall 2016
1. RMU Professors Anthony Moretti and Justin DePlato and Students ~ "What We Saw At The Party Conventions"
    • Monday Sept. 12, noon-12:50, in the Library Nook, on the 2nd Floor of Patrick Henry
A number of RMU students and faculty attended the Republican and Democratic Party Conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia this summer.  They will talk about their first-hand experiences seeing the party nominations of the Presidential candidates.  

2. RMU Professor Soren Fanning"WWI: The Biggest American War You've Forgotten"
    • Tuesday, October 11, 11-12:15, in Hale 101
Dr. Fanning will be discussing the American experience in the war, including severe censorship, rationing, conscription, and the first ever mass movement of American soldiers outside North America.  He will also explore how the war changed American society, transforming us from a nineteenth century Victorian culture to a technological, twentieth century people.

3. Former RMU Rooney Scholar Dr. Tanvir Wasti~ "Turkey: The Recent Past"
    • Thursday, October 20, 9:30-10:45, in Hale 201
Dr. Wasti will be discussing Turkey during the 20th century, i.e. roughly between 1900 and 2000.Topics of discussion will include the last decades of the Ottoman Empire including the First World War, the establishment of the Turkish Republic under Kemal Ataturk in 1923 and ensuing reforms, the introduction in 1950 of multi-party political democracy after the Second World War, Turkey's relationships with NATO and Europe, and the subsequent developments in Turkish life including the occasional interruptions of the political process by short-term military interventions.

4. RMU Professor Alan Smith"Research Strategies"
  • Tuesday, October 25, 11-12:15, in Hale 101
5. RMU Professor Petros Malakyan"Engaging in Organizational Leadership is Everybody's Business"
    • Monday, November 7, noon-1, in Sewall 305
Organizations are an inescapable part of social life. Nearly every student graduating from a college or a university finds herself or himself working in an organization. Thus, it is essential for citizen of today’s globalized world to study how human relationships work in organizations in order to succeed in career and life. It is also important to understand that leadership is not for privileged people and followership for the unprivileged ones. Dr. Petros Malakyan will share his views on leadership and followership to argue that the process of leading and following in organizations is everybody’s business.

Lunch will be provided at this Roundtable. Please click here to RSVP to the roundtable by Tuesday, November 1

Spring 2016
  1. RMU Professor Liang Hong~ "A Flexible Bayesian Nonparametric Credibility Model"
  2. RMU Professor Marcel Minutolo and his Topics in Sustainability students"Tiny Project with Huge Goals: Can Tiny Houses Solve Homelessness? "
  3. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~ "A Trip into the Mind-bending World of Projective Geometry "
  4. RMU Professor Philip Harold~ "What We Learned Doing Political Polling with the RMU Polling Institute"

Fall 2015
  1. RMU Professor Scott Spangler~ "The Student Academic Culture Today: Understanding How Students Are Interacting With Technology"
  2. RMU Professor James Bernauer~ "The Role of Creativity in Learning and Conducting Research"
  3.  RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~"Reaching the Next Level of Infinity"

Spring 2015
  1. RMU Professor Jim Vincent~ "Irish-American and African-American Relations in the Developing United States"
  2. RMU Professor Maddie Ranade~ "Changing Mindsets to Succeed in College"
  3. RMU Professor Soren Fanning~ "The Other Rome: A Tour through the Lost World of Constantinople"
  4. RMU Professor Elizabeth Stork~ "Decision Making: What Path Should I Take?"
  5. RMU Professor Daria Crawley"She’s Already Busy: Exploring the Dimensionality of Organizational Citizenship Behavior"
  6.  RMU Professor Connie Ruzich~"Cake or Death?  Researching WWI and Other Adventures in England"
  7. Guest Speakers Patrick Lope and Daniel Mross~ Screening of their documentary "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin"
  8. Guest Speaker Julie Nelson~ "Interning, Working, and Volunteering Abroad"

Fall 2014
  1. RMU Professor Elizabeth Stork~ "Women and Power in the Print Media"
  2. RMU Professor Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre~ "Researching Titanic the Musical"
  3. RMU Professor Benjamin Campbell~ "Engineering Student Research Projects"
  4. Guest Speaker Ray Gastil~"Connecting Art, Literature, and City Planning"
  5. RMU Professor Liang Hong~ "Risk Pooling- How Insurance Works"
  6. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~ "The Mathematics Behind Enigma"
Spring 2014
  1. RMU Professor Yvonne Bland~"Managing Stagefright: Taming the Green Monster"
  2. Guest Speaker Greta Schiller, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker~ "Earth Repair: Ecological Restoration & Environmental Ethics"
  3. Video Conference Speaker Iryna Fedets, Visiting Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Freedom in Europe and Central Asia with the Heritage Foundation~"Ukraine in 2014: New Reality for the Country and for the World"
  4. RMU Professor Chris Groendyke~"Overview and Applications of Statistical Network Science"
  5. Guest Speaker Jeurgen Rekus, Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany~ "Schooling in Germany: Traditions and Recent Developments"
  6. RMU Professor Sushma Mishra~"How Secure is your Healthcare Record?"
Fall 2013
  1. RMU Professor Hyla Willis~"Borders, Walls, and Citizenship"
  2. RMU Professor Soren Fanning~"Membership Has it's Privileges: Construction National and Regional Identity in the Modern World"
  3. Guest Speaker Rocco Buttiglione, Political Science Professor, Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and President of the Union of Centre Political Party~ "A New Era in Italian Politics"
Spring 2013
Theme for semester~"Global Voices"
  1. Rooney Scholar Sunny Dooley~"The Level of Knowledge in Traditional and Counter Traditional Folklore"
  2. RMU Professor Sylvia Pamboukian~ "Rise of Medical Professionalism and Quackery in Nineteenth Century Britain"
  3. RMU Professor Philip Harold~"What I Saw in Israel/Palestine"
  4. RMU Professor Artemisia Apostolopoulou~"Olympic and Professional Sport Licensing"
  5. Guest Speaker Jeurgen Rekus, Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany"The Non-Empirical Foundations of Teaching"
Fall 2012
Theme for semester~"Storytelling"
  1. Guest Speaker Andrew Gordon, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies~ "Personal Stories on the Web: The Collection, Analysis, and Retrieval of Tens of Millions of Stories from Weblogs
  2. RMU Professor Anthony Moretti~"Political Storytelling: What I Saw at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions"
  3. RMU Professor Edward Karshner~“Dan Brown Begay: The Emergence of New Navajo Folklore"
  4. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~“A Finite Story of the Infinite"
Spring 2012
Theme for semester~"War & Peace"
  1. RMU Professor  Monica VanDieren~“Two-Thousand Years of Cryptography in War” 
  2. RMU Professor Dan Barr~"Security before Peace: The Delaware Indian Ordeal during the French & Indian War, 1755-1758”
  3. RMU Professor Benjamin Campbell~“Laser Weapons: Past, Present and Future”
  4. Panel Discussion featuring Sid Zonn, Dan Shelley, and John McCarthy~“Perspectives on the Vietnam War”
  5. Panel Discussion~“The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars” 

Fall 2011

  1. Guest Speaker Gary Gregg~"Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Taft on Presidential Power"
  2. Guest Speaker Jay Cost~"From Clerk to Leader of the Free World: The Evolution of American Presidential Leadership”
  3. RMU Professor Elizabeth Stork~“Needs and Fears in Leaders and Followers"
  4. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~“Women Leaders in Math and Science"
  5. Panel Discussion featuring Ken LaSota, George Semich, Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd, and Moon Township Supervisor Nancy Mills~“Involvement in Local Politics"