Missouri S&T's virtual Speakers Series brings together knowledge experts to discuss a wide range of topics — from research, academics, diversity, career exploration and more. The lineup for the fall 2020 series includes talks on life during the pandemic, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion. This series also highlights the kick-off of S&T's 150th anniversary with a talk by Dr. Larry Gragg, author of Forged in Gold. Dr. Gragg's expert storytelling weaves together an entertaining narrative of S&T's history. 

Each talk is approximately 30 minutes in length and includes a Q&A. All talks are open to the public. 

The Speakers Series is hosted by Missouri S&T's Office of Global Learning, in collaboration with S&T's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate StudiesStudent Diversity Initiatives, the College of Arts, Sciences and Business, Research on Tap, and the College of Engineering and Computing

Through the Office of Global Learning, Missouri S&T extends education and training opportunities beyond the classroom. Offering 19 distance graduate degree programs, more than 60 graduate certificates, and numerous online medallions, Missouri S&T provides an education that fits.

Upcoming Fall 2020 Speakers

Anitra Rivera
Student Diversity Initiatives
Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

December 9, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CST)

Join by Zoom (Meeting ID: 994 0757 4450)

What are those unintentional subliminal beliefs or attitudes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in the workplace? Join Anitra Rivera, director of student diversity initiatives (SDI), as she discusses this timely topic. The mission of the SDI office fosters diversity and inclusion in the Missouri S&T community. Through programs and partnerships, the SDI mission expands outside of rural Missouri by being an advocate for diversity and inclusion for all individuals. 

Speaker Series Flyer Dec2020(pdf)

Previous Speakers

Dr. Sean Siebert
Founder and CEO
Invent Yourself, LLC

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Entrepreneurship – A Mindset, Not an Occupation 

November 11, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CST)

Archive Video

Join Missouri S&T and Dr. Sean Siebert as they discuss entrepreneurship, education, and economic development. During the session, Dr. Siebert educates his audience on the value of understanding the concept that entrepreneurship is a mindset, not an occupation. Dr. Siebert also shares his methodology and approach to entrepreneurship, and provides a strategic line of questioning that will enable you, your organization, or your community, to utilize the process of innovation for growth, improvement, and betterment. The core focus is as follows: (1) What does it mean to think like an entrepreneur? (2) How do we re-think what we do? (3) How do we begin to see the world, and opportunities, through a different filter? (4) How do we re-invent ourselves? (5) What does that process look like? Throughout the session, Dr. Siebert addresses these strategic questions, and he shows each attendee exactly what that world, and process, looks like. Relatable to every person, on every level, this will be a session full of innovation, energy, and opportunity.

Speaker Series Flyer Nov2020(pdf) 


Dr. Larry Gragg
Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
History and Political Science

Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Missouri S&T Celebrates 150 Years

October 28, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Archive Video

As Missouri University of Science and Technology prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, a commemorative history book about the university is now available. As author of Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years, Dr. Larry Gragg will discuss how this “country academy” founded in 1870 became one of the nation’s top technological research universities. The book weaves iconic campus events and historical photos into a deeper appreciation for the way the campus has shaped the world, from the post-Civil War Industrial Age to the space race and beyond. The book is available from the S&T Store website at forged.thesandtstore.com. For more information about the university’s 150th anniversary, visit 150.mst.edu

Speaker Series Flyer Oct2020(pdf) 


Dr. Marco Cavaglia
Physics Department
Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Missouri's Window to the Sky

October 14, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Archive Video

In 1916 Albert Einstein published a paper demonstrating that space and time can be warped in the shape of a wave. One hundred years later, scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration announced the first observation of a "ripple of space-time" from two colliding black holes. This scientific achievement marked the beginning of a new way of exploring the "dark side" of our Universe. In this talk, Dr. Marco Cavaglia, professor of physics at Missouri S&T, will discuss how the new Institute for Multi-messenger Astrophysics and Cosmology (IMAC) at Missouri S&T contributes to this amazing, frontier science. 

Speaker Series Flyer Oct14-2020(pdf) 


Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche
Chair and Professor
Teacher Education and Certification
Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Juggling Life During the Pandemic

September 16, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Archive Video 

Hear Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche discuss the past, present, and future challenges of parenting, teaching, working, leading, and preserving mental well-being during the pandemic. She will reflect on her successes and struggles when implementing research-based practices for academic and social-emotional learning, both at home with her children and at work as a professor of education courses. As department chair of S&T's Teacher Education and Certification Department, she will share how her leadership skills were tested as she and her team adjusted to constantly changing circumstances.

Speakers Series Flyer Sept2020 (pdf)