2012-2013 Series

Jane_Goodall Dr. Steve Perry Steve Wozniak
Dr. Drew Pinsky America Ferrera Deepak_Chopra


Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, will bring her audience into the world of the chimpanzees and share information about the work of environmental and humanitarian programs and the Institute, a global leader in innovative conservation. She will also discuss the current threats facing the planet and her reasons for hope in these troubling times.

In July of 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. The Jane Goodall Institute continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

This event is free, no ticket required, and open to all students, faculty, staff and the public. All guests are encouraged to arrive early for seats. Once the Ballroom is full, guests will be directed to the Speaker’s Auditorium for viewing via live feed.

Photo by Michael Neugebauer. Please note: Dr. Goodall does not handle wild chimpanzees. This orphan chimp lives at a sanctuary.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
An Afternoon with Jane Goodall
Monday, October 8, 2012
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Followed by Book Signing

Download Jane Goodall’s Biography


Dr. Steve Perry, CNN education contributor and best-selling author, believes that success is determined by where you end, not where you start. This philosophy has inspired him to found two programs that provide poor and minority children with access to a college education.

Perry is a CNN education contributor and an Essence best-selling author for his book, Man Up! Nobody is Coming to Save Us. His fifth and latest book, Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve (Even if it Means Picking a Fight), addresses the public school system and the challenge it poses to parents whose children are immersed in it. Perry is also the host of his own television show, “Save My Son,” on TV1.


Steve Wozniak shaped the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, which was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment. Wozniak currently serves as chief scientist for Fusion-IO and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing.

This event is free, no ticket required, and open to all students, faculty, staff and the public. All guests are encouraged to arrive early for seats. Once the Ballroom is full, guests will be directed to the Speaker’s Auditorium for viewing via live feed.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Steve Wozniak
Co-Founder of Apple Computer and Philanthropist
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Followed by Meet & Greet or Book Signing


Dr. Drew Pinsky is a practicing physician, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and a member of the staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Pinsky is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.

Pinsky stars in the hit reality series “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which chronicles the struggle for sobriety and the cycle of addictive disorders in a group of celebrities. The sixth installment of the series, “Rehab with Dr. Drew,” follows the real-life experiences of everyday people who are struggling with addiction as they undergo detoxification and treatment.

In December of 2010 Dr. Drew Pinsky joined HLN as the host of his own show, “Dr. Drew On Call,” where he continues to attract audiences and explores the motivations behind people’s actions and behaviors. Dr. Drew is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline where he has been taking calls from listeners about love, sex and relationships since for over 25 years.


America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her fearless portrayal of Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy “Ugly Betty.” This breakthrough role has earned Ferrera an Emmy®, Golden Globe®, and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards.

Ferrera first secured her place as one of Hollywood’s most vibrant young talents with her starring role in the Patricia Cardoso film “Real Women Have Curves.” Her performance earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Actress, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance for a Leading Young Actress.


Time Magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”

Chopra will discuss practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation and healing. He will also address such questions as: Are we in the midst of a major paradigm shift in science? Is there an ultimate reality? How does our understanding of consciousness as pure potentiality enhance our capacity for intuition, creativity, conscious choice making, healing and the awakening of dormant potentialities such as non-local communication and non-local sensory experience?

Chopra appears in conjunction with the Counseling & Testing Center’s 5th Biennial Cultural Competency Conference.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Healing, Transformation and Higher Consciousness
Thursday, April 12, 2012
6 p.m.
GSU Sports Arena

This event is free for all GSU students, faculty and staff with PantherCard ID at the door. All others are $10 at the door.

Download Deepak Chopra’s Biography

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