Dr. Ghislaine Lewis and Dr. David Gosling will be the featured speakers for the University Lecture Series this semester. Both lectures will take place in Hall Campus Center’s Memorial Ballroom. Admission is free and the public is invited.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, Lewis will present “News, China, and the Recolonization of the Caribbean.” Lewis, associate professor of communication studies and co-chair of Africana studies, will examine the intersection of news, China, and regional integration.
In a description of her lecture, Lewis wrote, “Caribbean islands are world-renowned for their sand, sea, and sunshine. However, beneath the veil of tourism is the quiet takeover of local infrastructure and development by Chinese-based firms.”
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, Gosling, an assistant professor of counselor education, will present“Moral Injury and the Military: When Duty Conquers All.” In his talk, Gosling will speak about how U.S. veterans reintegrate themselves into their communities following combat.
“With the influx of military veterans back into the civilian population following two decades of wartime duty, there are millions of current and former service members who have served in overseas campaigns, many within combat or in ‘hazard’ duty stations where violence and hard choices were often required,” Gosling wrote in his proposal.
His lecture, he added, will “detail the mental, physical, and spiritual consequences of our nation’s extended military campaigns on those who served and fought in them, particularly around the phenomenon of moral injury and the shattering of deeply held value systems when in conflict with the realities of both peacetime and wartime military service.”
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Allison Jablonski noted that the University Lecture Series has been a staple in Lynchburg’s academic sphere since 2018, allowing the campus community to learn from and celebrate its scholars, educators, and mentors.
For more information about the University Lecture Series, contact the provost’s office at 434.544.8367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.