CWRU Announces 2018-19 Think Forum Speakers

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Tarana Burke
Presented annually by Case Western Reserve University, Think Forum aims to allow the campus community and Greater Cleveland residents to “engage with prominent academic leaders and international experts.” Each presentation includes a lecture followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The series returns this fall to Silver Hall in the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple-Tifereth Israel. It continues into 2019. All lectures are free and begin at 6 p.m.

Reserve general admission tickets by contacting the Maltz Performing Arts Center Box Office at

Here’s the schedule along with descriptions provided by Case’s PR team:

Jonathan Haidt, Thursday, Sept. 20

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures––including the cultures of American progressives, conservatives and libertarians. Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis and The New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

Tarana Burke, Tuesday, Oct. 16

Founder of the seismic ‘me too.’ Movement  Tarana Burke shares a powerful message of unity, empathy and outreach in support of survivors of sexual trauma. The ‘me too.’ Movement inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse and puts the focus back on survivors.

Julia Ioffe, Tuesday, March 5

Julia Ioffe, a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a former Russian correspondent for The New Yorker, is a leading authority on Russian-U.S. relations. Born in Moscow, Ioffe’s family moved to America when she was seven years old. Ioffe conveys Russian-American relations from both sides with clarity and insight, providing colorful, character-rich discussions of Russia’s socio-political structure, its tempestuous historical relationship with America and how Russia will affect U.S. politics and policy.

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thursday, April 11

A literary scholar, writer and professor at the University of Southern California, Viet Thanh Nguyen explores how depictions of the Vietnam War—and the refugees it displaced—often fail to capture the full humanity and inhumanity as well as the sacrifices and savagery of participants on both sides of the conflict. His bestselling novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. With his collection of short stories, The Refugees, Nguyen continues his exploration of the tensions, traumas and conflicting loyalties that endure far beyond a war’s end.