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Flash Seminars

Do you ever want to share your thoughts with students about current news stories, interesting cultural references, or just quirky stuff that interests you?

Flash Seminars offer faculty the opportunity to create a unique learning experience for the students outside of the classroom. All you need to do is prepare a short informal talk (about 15 minutes long) and then open the floor for discussion. The seminars are held in a public space, similar to a Speakers' Corner. The Libraries will take care of setting up the space, including any technology set-up, and promoting the seminar.  
Do you have an idea for a Flash Seminar? Contact Paul Voelker ( with your topic. We are particularly interested in topics that relate to current events on campus, locally, and globally. We don’t need a lot of notice and will work with you on dates and times.  


Issues and Challenges in Contemporary Journalism

Ralph Braseth, Ph.D., Manager of Student Media, School of Communication, LUC

The practice of journalism has changed profoundly over a very short period of time in the United States. In this Flash Seminar, Dr. Ralph Braseth, Manager of Student Media in Loyola’s School of Communication, will discuss some of the major issues and challenges confronting journalism today.

What Is a Health Exchange? The Health Insurance Market and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

John Orwat, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, LUC
Monday, February 3, 2014
1:00 p.m., Corboy Law Center 727, WTC
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 1:00 p.m., IC-317 (Quiet Reading Room), LSC

Issues concerning health insurance have recently generated a great deal of discussion and debate. In this Flash Seminar, Dr. John Orwat, Associate Professor in Loyola School of Social Work, will shed light on the complex issues surrounding heath exchanges, the health insurance market, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

FALL 2013

Copyright & Creators: How to Present, Transform, and Share Your Work

James Conley, Media Services Librarian, Loyola University Chicago Libraries
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
1:00 p.m., IC-317 (Quiet Reading Room)

This flash seminar will give a brief overview of how to find media content appropriate to use in presentations, how to properly attribute work when using others' materials, and how to license creative work using a Creative Commons License so that others can use it in the spirit of Open Access. A question and answer period will follow, opening the floor for discussion about the many issues surrounding copyright and student work.

Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Nancy Tuchman, Ph.D., Founding Director, Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Friday, September 20, 2013
1:00 p.m., IC-317 (Quiet Reading Room)

Join Dr. Nancy Tuchman for a Flash Seminar on Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) on Friday, September 20, 1:00pm, in room 317 (Quiet Reading Room) of the Information Commons. Dr. Tuchman is Founding Director of the IES and Professor of Biology at Loyola University Chicago. Her vision for IES is to raise public awareness of the unsustainable consumption of our Earth’s natural resources with the goal of transforming behavior, developing policy, and inspiring and preparing next generation science-based environmental leaders.