Ashland University Symposium to Conclude with Two Events

4/2/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University’s 2011-2012 College of Arts and Sciences Symposium "Against Global Indifference: Awakening to Action" will conclude with two separate events next week.


On Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium, the documentary "The Reporter" will be shown and a panel discussion will be held following the screening.


"The Reporter" is a feature documentary about Nicholas D. Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, who almost single-handedly put the crisis in Darfur on the international radar. In the summer of 2007, Kristof traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to shine his light into the darkest pockets of conflict, in hopes of making the rest of the world take notice. The film injects the viewer into Kristof's riveting journey.


On Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center, science journalist Thomas Hayden will be giving a talk titled "The Warrior Ape: God, Biology, and the Hope for Global Peace." Hayden will be speaking about the biological basis of human violence and how this information can be used to help society become more peaceful.


In Hayden’s own writing: "Humans have fought wars since our earliest days as a species, but the biological roots of war don’t condemn us to a future as violent as our past,” Hayden said. “By understanding the evolution of both warfare and religion, we can help craft a future where war is less frequent and less brutal when it does occur." 


Hayden has a master’s degree in marine science (with a focus on marine plankton and biological oceanography), work experience at multiple magazines such as Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, National Geographic and Wired, and currently freelances and teaches science journalism at Stanford.


More information Hayden can be found at the following websites:


Both events are free and open to the public, and they are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors Program and the Department of Biology and Toxicology. 


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.