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The Power of the Individual on Display at 2016 Isaac Symposium

Benjamin Jealous gave the 2016 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote at Albion College on April 21.
Extraordinary accomplishments by extraordinary individuals—and a reminder that supporters are important, too
were a big part of Albion College's 27th Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium, held April 20-21. Former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous (left) and humanitarian and social entrepreneur Mallory Brown, '08, brought compelling personal stories to the Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote and Isaac Alumni Lecture, respectively. In between those talks, more than 130 Albion students presented their research, scholarship and creative activity.

Jealous to Replace Dees as Calvaruso Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Jealous
Albion College received word on Friday, April 15 that due to health concerns, Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center, would be unable to give the 2016 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote that will conclude the College's 27th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium on Thursday, April 21. Over the weekend, the College arranged for Benjamin Jealous (left), president and CEO of the NAACP from 2008-2013, to come to campus and deliver the keynote at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel.

Morris Dees, Prosecutor of Hate Groups, Keynotes 27th Isaac Symposium

Morris Dees
Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees shares the legal strategies and moral imperative that crippled some of America's most notorious hate groups, as he presents the 2016 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Albion College's Goodrich Chapel. The event will conclude the 27th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium, which opens Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Center's Towsley Hall with the Alumni Lecture, to be given this year by Mallory Brown, '08.

Wolfe, Albion Get Up Close with Microbes at Symposium Keynote

Nathan Wolfe
Virologist Nathan Wolfe's fascinating peek into the microbial world, with its corresponding benefits and catastrophes for humans, capped Albion College's 26th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium on April 23. An internationally respected researcher who invented his field of "viral forecasting," Wolfe captivated the crowd in Goodrich Chapel with his work monitoring pathogen outbreaks in order to prevent pandemic infections.

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