Six O’Clock Series

  • The Six O’Clock Series provides IUP students, employees, and community members an opportunity to learn about current issues and approach familiar topics from a new perspective.

    Programs occur on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building, unless noted otherwise. Programs end at 7:30 p.m. Check the schedule for the exact location. A listing of Six O’Clock Series events is also available as a poster (PDF file).

    All lectures are free and available to the public as well as the campus community. The lectures are targeted to an audience of college students and employees so all topics may not be appropriate for children.

  • Question, Persuade, and Refer Training and Panel
    September 9: The Suicide Task Force of Indiana County has been a staple in preventing suicides and providing prevention within the community, as well as intervention and postvention. The STF has trained over 800 individuals in QPR—Question, Persuade, and Refer—an evidence-based training that involves asking someone if they are considering suicide, persuading them to get support, and referring them to the proper channels for help.
    A Casual Conversation with the Framers of the US Constitution
    September 16: Sit in on a casual conversation with four authors of the US Constitution: Ben Franklin, James Madison, Charles Pinckney, and Alexander Hamilton. The discussion provides insight into the Founding Fathers' thoughts when they wrote the US Constitution, as well as how they might view contemporary constitutional challenges.
    Criminal Justice System Reform with IUP Alumnus Terrell Thomas
    September 23: The United States incarcerates more people, in both absolute numbers and per capita, than any other nation in the world and continues to expand our criminal justice system. The ACLU campaign for Smart Justice is an unprecedented, multi-year effort to reduce the US jail and prison population by 50 percent and to combat racial disparities.
    Why Do Local Elections Matter?
    September 30: This November, you will have the opportunity to vote in municipal elections, or what are commonly known as “off-year elections.” These are elections for positions like district attorney, commissioners, sheriff, auditor, magisterial district judges, and state superior court judges. What do these people do? How do their decisions affect you? How can you evaluate candidates and decide who to vote for?
    Holocaust Survivors Discuss Police and Bystanders in Nazi Era
    October 7: The Holocaust Remembrance Committee presents a discussion with Holocaust survivors, part of a more extensive program that day on police during the Nazi Era. Throughout the day, we will discuss the experiences of the survivors and other targeted groups, as well as the role both police and ordinary citizens played during the Holocaust as bystanders or murderers.
    Coming Out Day Documentary: “The Year We Thought About Love”
    October 14: With wit, grace, and attitude, a diverse troupe of LGBTQ youth transforms their struggles into a theater for social change—starting with a simple and surprising kiss in the first act. “The Year We Thought About Love” is a 68-minute documentary film which celebrates the powerful work of a Boston LGBTQ troupe, True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, as they write a play about love.
    Open Access: What Is It? How Do We Do It? What Does It Matter?
    October 21: Open Access is “the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” International Open Access Week, now in its 10th year, is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research to turn discoveries into better lives.
    “Intrusion”: 8 Characters, 1 Hour, 1 Actress
    October 28: “Intrusion” is a solo play with eight characters played by Qurrat Ann Kadwani. Twenty years in the future, sexual violence has been eradicated until one woman comes forward about her rape. Audiences of all backgrounds and ages can see how we all contribute to the perpetuation of rape culture by understanding how this event affects different sectors of our society.
    What Makes a Good Leader, and What Does Leadership Mean to You?
    November 4: What do you think it takes to be a good leader? Join the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement as we discuss leadership and ways in which to develop your leadership skills.
    Honoring Veterans Day
    November 11: “The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve recognition for their commitment.”—Judd Gregg. In honor of Veterans Day, join us for this program to honor those who have served and are currently serving our nation.
    True Crime, False Confessions, and the Fight for Justice: An Evening with Laura Nirider
    November 18: Known for her representation as Brendan Dassey’s lawyer in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” and Damien Echols of the notorious West Memphis Three case, Laura Nirider is the co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions. Nearly a quarter of all wrongful convictions involve individuals who falsely confessed to crimes they didn’t commit.
    World AIDS Day: Living with HIV
    December 2: Join Health and Wellness Promotion and learn about HIV and AIDS as we raise awareness of World AIDS Day. The program will include a special guest speaker who will discuss how living with HIV has affected his life.