SH Speakers Series Outlines Plans for 2024 Events


The Speakers Series of South Haven announces its upcoming programs commemorating a decade of thought-provoking discussions that have shaped our lives.

The spring programming for the Speakers Series kicks off on Thursday, April 18, with an exploration of “The Impact of Climate Change on Lake Michigan,” presented by Drew Gronewold, Associate Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Gronewold will share some startling research that demonstrates the extent to which Lake Michigan is warming and the long-term impact these changes will have on the fishery and coastal communities along the shores of Big Blue.

Gronewold completed his undergraduate work at Cornell and earned a PhD in Environmental Science and Policy at Duke University.

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On Thursday, May 23, the series considers “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Media Literacy” during a presentation by Sue Ellen Christian, Professor of Communication at Western Michigan University.

Professor Christian says we can learn how media literacy helps us critically engage with the AI-influenced media.

This fall, Thursday, September 26, the series takes a close look at methods to solve gun violence. Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan, looks at ways to decrease injuries and deaths and effective preventative policies and programs.

“The Speakers Series has remained focused on our vision and has never strayed from our mission of introducing topics and speakers who address issues, innovations and ideas shaping our lives,” according to Speakers Series President Mark Odland.

“As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, we are pleased to share a line-up of distinguished speakers who are well known and highly respected in their field,” he said.

Speakers Series events begin at 6:30 pm for a wine and cheese reception, followed by the presentation at 7 pm. Admission is $10, and students attend free of charge.   Speakers series programs are held on the South Haven Campus of Lake Michigan College.