Commanding Voices

December 06, 2013

Saint Leo University is pleased to announce two additional speakers for the 2013-2014 University Speaker Series, with appearances from author/business woman Sheryl WuDunn and scientist Robert K. Musil in January and February, respectively. Throughout this academic year, the University Speaker Series has explored challenging global issues, and that continues with the 2014 presentations, which will focus on the condition of women and girls, and the health of the planet.

The events are open to the public, and admission is free. The talks begin at 7 p.m., and will be held in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center at University Campus.

Sheryl WuDunn, Tuesday, January 28

Saint Leo University welcomes Sheryl WuDunn, who is the co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a best-selling book about abuses facing women around the globe. She wrote Half the Sky with her spouse, Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times. The title is drawn from a Chinese proverb that states “Women hold up half the sky.” The authors believe that when women are given full access to human rights and economic empowerment, their societies benefit. They make the case for this point of view in the book. Ms. WuDunn is also an investment banker and the first Asian-American to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Robert K. Musil, Tuesday, February 18

The University Speaker Series explores climate change with scientist Robert Musil, a leading authority on contemporary sustainability, social responsibility, and health issues. He teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Musil is the author of Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future and a brand-new book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment.

For more information on the University Speaker Series, contact Dr. Allyson Marino, director of fine arts events, at or (352) 588-8662. Saint Leo is located four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285), at 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL, 33575.