The Deans’ Lecture Series is sponsored by Academic Affairs with the academic deans selecting the speaker(s) for the annual program. Speakers for the Deans’ Lecture Series engage in discussion and explore current topics with the College community in areas such as academia, culture/society, and the workforce.


Topic – The First Generation College Student Experience

Panelists – Theresa Hummel-Krallinger, President at High Five Performance, Inc., Damon Gray, Management Instructor at MCCC, Nicoletta Pelchat, MCCC student, and Carlos Chavez, MCCC student


Topic – "Addressing Students’ Basic Needs: Why, How, and What Now?"

Presenter – Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab


Topic – The Real Indiana Jones

Presenter – Mr. Scott Rawlins, Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University and scientific illustrator, naturalist and museum educator


Topic – The future of work, leisure, and education during the next twenty years, a topic from The Future of Leisure: Navigating Change (Sagamore-Venture Publishing)

Presenter – Dr. Galen Godbey, co-author of The Future of Leisure: Navigating Change with Geoffrey Godbey


Topic – European Christian refugees who found protection and created new lives in the Muslim Empire in the 18th century: A topic of particular relevance given the refugee crisis currently facing the world

Presenter – Dr. Harun Kucuk, Fellow at the Middle Eastern Center at the University of Pennsylvania


Topic – "Hunger in America" panel discussion

Presenters – Professor Lynn Swartley O’Brien (Anthropology), Chair; Dr. Deborah Greenspan (Psychology), Professor Samuel Wallace (Geography), Instructor James Lynch (Hospitality), Diversity Fellow Instructor Natasha Patterson (Health Sciences), Montgomery County Community College


Topic – "African American Women and Violence"

Presenter – Dr. Theresa Napson Williams, Diversity Fellow Assistant Professor of History, Montgomery County Community College


Topic – "Palestinian National Identity"

Presenter – Dr. Michael Vicente Perez, Diversity Fellow Instructor of Anthropology, University of Washington


Topic – "A Journey through Africa"

Presenter – Mr. Cephas Yao Agbemenu, Professor of Art, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya (MCCC’s third Fulbright Scholar in Residence)


Topic – "The Lincoln and Other Douglas Debate"

Presenters – The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia actors


Topic – "King Tut in Philadelphia"

Presenter – Dr. Michael Silverman, Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania


Topic – "The Old World, the New World, and the Creation of the Modern World"

Presenters – Dr. Fernando Camargo, Professor of History, University of Passo Fundo, Brazil (MCCC’s Fulbright Scholar In Residence) and Dr. Aaron Shatzman, Dean Social Sciences


Topic – "A Tale of Two Universes"

Presenter – Dr. Paul Steinhardt, The Albert Einstein Professor of Physics, Princeton University


Topic – "Race and Medicine"

Presenter – Dr. Susan Lederer, Professor of the History of Medicine, Yale University