First Wheelhouse Talk to discuss overcoming obstacles, hardship

Charles Pazdernik
Charles Pazdernik
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Grand Valley professor of classics Charles Pazdernik will kick off the 2015-16 Wheelhouse Talks series hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. 

During his presentation, Pazdernik will reflect upon what the ancient Greeks and Romans had to say about challenges and hardship. His talk will reflect his personal experience overcoming obstacles, as he continues to work to return to his students and colleagues after sustaining a permanently disabling spinal cord injury last year.

Pazdernik is an expert in Greco-Roman political and legal history, as well as classical historiography and late antiquity, but is known at the university for his approachable and thoughtful teaching style.

He was awarded Grand Valley's Pew Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, was selected as a faculty member of distinction by Omicron Delta Kappa in 2011-12, and was honored as a "Last Lecture" presenter in 2014. 

Charles Pazdernik Wheelhouse Talk

Friday, September 11

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Grand Valley Pew Grand Rapids Campus, Loosemore Auditorium

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested here.

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