May ’13
6:00 pm

Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Frost Common

Najwa Hana O’Hara
Adjunct Faculty, CoBA

Presented by the Society for Scholarly Dialogue

This presentation will address the basic concepts of Arabian Culture in Middle East and North Africa. Based on her own experiences growing up in Iraq, working and living in other Arab countries, O’Hara will examine first some of the basic knowledge related to Arab countries. Then, she will talk about some of the misconceptions about Arabs. O’Hara will also discuss other concepts about dress code, family, Customs, concept of Authority, Greetings and Marriage in Arab Society.

Dinner will be offered for $10.00 per person.

May ’12
7:30 pm

Society for Scholarly Dialogue and Pi Omega, the PSU chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Association’s official honor society) invite you to an evening discussion with Academy-Award winner

Ernest Thompson

Thursday 3, May 2012
7:30 p.m.
Hyde 220

Free and open to the public, but reservations preferred. Contact

Mr. Thompson has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild Award and a Broadway Drama Guild Award for Best Play. His work has been nominated for a Tony, an Emmy, and a British Academy Award. His more than 35 plays have been seen in theatres around the world. The most enduring, ON GOLDEN POND, has been translated into30 languages, Arabic the newest, and played in more than 40 countries on six continents. Mr. Thompson will talk about his career and his films, and will answer questions about his work.

Mar ’12
6:00 pm


Paul Estes, Ph.D.

PSU Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus



The science of encrypting and deciphering secret messages and financial transactions


Discussion by Dr. Estes of his experience in the US Army Signal Corps and the history of crypto from the earliest Caesar Cipher up to today’s public key cryptosystems used in industry, the military, the CIA, and other government agencies. The presentation will include the mathematics behind the encryption process but will focus primarily on the leapfrogging evolution of cryptosystems over the last 2,000 years. The discussion will cover the WWII battle of the Atlantic with the capture of a German submarine and ultimate cracking of the Nazi code. Finally we will look at the role played by the unbreakable Navajo-language code which stymied the Japanese in the Pacific theater.


Dinner Presentation


Plymouth State University

Social Half-Hour:        6:00 p.m.

Dinner:                            6:30 p.m.

Presentation:                7:15 p.m.


Chicken Masala with penne pasta on the side

Sautéed Spinach

Garlic Bread Sticks with butter


Coffee, decaf, tea, soda and water


$10 per person (tax and gratuity included)

PLEASE SEND CHECK, E-MAIL OR CALL:  Dr. Scott Meyer, Social Work Department, MSC 57,

17 High Street, Plymouth, NH  03264, 535-2377 or email: