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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 participants the opportunity to hear experts from different cultures and disciplines as they speak 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.


Learn more about our world-class speakers and RSVP here

Lectures in 2020:

Lectures from 2019:

  • January 30 | 5:00 PM | Barnes & Noble @ LSU.... in the Event Room  -  Silent Wonders: The Wordless Book and the Voice of the Reader with Dr. Marcella Terrusi
  • February 5 | 4:30 PM | 225 Peabody Hall - The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South with Dr. Wayne Wiegand
  • February 6 | 3:00 PM | 225 Peabody Hall -- The Quest for Attention with Dr. William A. Sutton
  • March 27 | 3:30 PM | Dalton J. Woods Auditorium, Energy, Coast and Environment Building with James Carville
  • March 28 | 3:30 PM | Barnes & Noble @ LSU.... in the Event Room -- Improving Communication and Understanding: Context Matters with Dr. Analea Brauburger


Coming up...

Update: Event To Be Rescheduled
The First Wave: the D Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in WWII

photo of author Alex Kershaw

Event To Be Rescheduled; Date Yet To Be Determined
March 16 | 4 PM

Location: University Laboratory School Auditorium

Author Alex Kershaw kicks off the Quality of Life Lecture series with a discussion of his latest book The First Wave, the D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II at the LSU University Laboratory School. Free and open to the public, the event takes place at the ULS Auditorium at 4 p.m.

About the Book:
Published to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day’s most perilous missions. The book profiles the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the British glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the Canadian brothers who led their troops onto Juno Beach under withering fire; as well as a French commando, returning to his native land, who fought to destroy German strongholds on Sword Beach and beyond.

The first to fight when the stakes were highest and the odds longest, these men would determine the fate of the invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe—and the very history of the twentieth century.

About the Speaker:
An honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division, Alex Kershaw is an award-winning author of several New York Times best-selling books about World War II. His work includes The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, The Few, Escape from the Deep, The Liberator and Avenue of Spies. His 2012 book The Liberator is being made into a drama series to be aired by Netflix in 2020.

A graduate of University College in Oxford, England, he worked as a journalist for The Guardian and other newspapers before moving to the U.S. in 1994. Kershaw now lives in Savannah, Ga. He regularly leads European battlefield tours and lectures on World War II.

FREE and opent to the public.



Past lectures...

The Wounded Brain: Assessing Function Pre-Dementia & Post-Concussion

photo of Lauren Sergio

January 16 | 3 PM
Location: Lawton Room | Tiger Stadium

Two prominent health issues facing individuals today are 1) the impact of dementing illness on the elderly and 2) the impact of concussion on young athletes and workers. Whether caused by trauma or degenerative disease, the effect of mild brain insult on one’s functional abilities is not well understood. Sergio will review research to date which shows that "cognitive-motor integration", or tasks which rely on rules to plan a movement (such as "push the computer mouse forward to move the cursor up"), is impaired both in the early stages of dementia (and even those with no symptoms but simply at risk for dementia), and following mild traumatic brain injury. Sergio will also discuss the development of a clinical cognitive-motor assessment tool to detect dementia in its early stages, and to assess brain function following concussion as well as research into preserving brain health using cognitive-motor integration.


FREE and open to the public

RSVP is appreciated but not required