Quality of Life Series | LSU College of Human Sciences and Education

Quality of Life Lecture Series


The College of Human Sciences & Education's mission is an important one -- to educate those who are dedicated to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

The Quality of Life Lecture Series offers each of our schools the opportunity to welcome experts from different cultures and disciplines to speak to our community about complex education, health, information, and human issues facing our society. The Quality of Life Lecture Series serves to challenge minds, reimagine the status quo, and remind us that we are change-makers.

All sessions are free and open to the public.



Maintaining Muscle and Improving Quality of Life



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February 28 | 3:00 p.m.

Lawton Room

with Dr. Elena Volpi


Dr. Elena Volpi will share solutions to regulate age-related loss of muscle strength which can lead to injury, disability, and lack of independence in older age. Dr. Volpi has extensively studied change in metabolism across the lifespan and coined the term “anabolic resistance” which suggests that older adults have reduced muscle building function. Her research aims to keep you strong and improve quality of life by maintaining muscle mass! Join us as we ask, how can older adults, or anyone for that matter, deal with anabolic resistance?




Brought to you by the School of Kinesiology



Educational Reform in Action & Exploring Educational Inequity

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Educational Reform in Action 

March 6 | 6:00 p.m. 

225 Peabody Hall

with a panel of educational leaders

Join us as we screen Passion to Teach, an innovative documentary that examines the impact of school reform on teachers. This screening will be followed by expert commentary from educational leaders, Dr. Kristen Antoine-Morse, Ms. Robin Atwood, Dr. Herman Brister, and Dr. Tynisha Meidl. The discussion will be curated by local news personality Mr. Jim Engster. We hope you will join us for a provocative film and great dialogue.





Exploring Educational Inequity

March 15 | 5:00 p.m.

225 Peabody Hall

with Andrew Cohn

Join us as we screen Night School, a groundbreaking film that explores educational inequality. This screening will be followed by commentary from Night School filmmaker Andrew Cohn.




Brought to you by the School of Education



Teaching Metaliteracy in a Post Truth World



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April 13 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

LSU Center for Computation and Technology’s Theatre

with Trudi Jacobson & Tom Mackey


Join us as we invite Trudi Jacobson & Tom Mackey explain how metaliteracy prepares learners to engage in the information environment as active, self-reflective, and critical contributors. Learn how the School of Library & Information Science is responding to the age of “fake news”. Discussions will leave participants considering the validity of information, regardless of source, determining if it is research-based or editorial, and always sharing ethically and responsibly.


This event will be live streamed. To attend via livestream or in person, please register below. 





Brought to you by the School of Library & Information Science



Mental Health, Health Care, & Human Rights
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April 26 | 5:30 p.m.

Cook Conference Center

with Dylan Scholinski


Join us as we welcome Dylan Scholinski, a distinguished artist, author, and public speaker.  He is the award winning author of The Last Time I Wore a Dress:  A Memoir.  Committed to a mental institution at 15 years old, he spent three years--and over a million dollars of insurance--"treating" the problem...with makeup lessons and instructions in how to walk like a girl.  Mr. Scholinski's experience is a reminder to the mental health profession, health care institutions, and the larger society to value the human rights of all people, including transgender and gender-expansive individuals. See how the School of Social Work is advancing human rights in Louisiana.




Brought to you by the School of Social Work