Jones Humanities Speaker Series: 

The Presenters


Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. | "The Summer of 1968: A Global View"

Featuring Dr. John Weber, Associate Professor of History, Old Dominion University

Professor John Weber is a published author and associate professor of history at Old Dominion University. After earning a Bachelor of Arts at Vanderbilt University, Weber went on to receive a Master of Arts from the College of William and Mary. In 2008, Weber acquired his Doctor of Philosophy also from the College of William and Mary. He has been teaching history since 2008 and has participated in several history-focused fellowships from Mexico to Texas to Virginia. He was a finalist for the Weber-Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America in 2015 and published “From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century” in the same year.


Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. | Movie Screening of "Yellow Submarine"


Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. | Songs of 1968-69

Featuring local musicians Dan Pellegrino '99, Jim Newsom and Nate Sacks

Dan Pellegrino ‘99 began performing as a solo artist in 2012 and enjoys playing at many local craft breweries, bars, restaurants and private events in Hampton Roads. He released his debut EP in December of 2017 but often covers artists like U2, Green Day, Mumford & Sons, Johnny Cash, Oasis, Credence Clearwater revival, Tom Petty, Jack Johnson, Young the Giant, X Ambassadors and Bob Marley. Dan has been twice selected as one of the Sea Level Festival's Top 10 Emerging Artists and twice nominated for a VEER Magazine Award in the "Best Acoustic/Folk" category.

Jim Newsom is known throughout southeastern Virginia as a diversely talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He's led rock, jazz and acoustic bands, most recently with the duo Mountaintide, with whom he recorded and released two albums of original material as well as a CD of children’s music. He's been a popular musician regionally since the mid-1970s, regularly performing in restaurants and coffeehouses, craft breweries and art centers and at corporate conventions and private functions. He is also a highly regarded music writer and critic whose work has been published in the All Music Guide, PortFolio Weekly and VEER Magazine among many print and online publications.

Nate Sacks attended Norfolk Collegiate in the early 2000s and is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from Norfolk. In 2017 he went on tour with Major and the Monbacks playing saxophone and currently plays with Nate Sacks and The LifeHacks. He is also a bassist for Blank Slate, teacher/director at School of Rock Norfolk and founder of Local Cheers, a new hometown brand and event coordinating company that brings local bands and breweries together. Nate also was recognized as the 2012 Sea Level Festival Emerging Artist Winner.


Saturday, March 23, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. | "NASA Moon Walk"

Richard Thompson is a Virginia native and career-long employee at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton.  After earning degrees in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech in the early 1980s, Thompson began work analyzing flight data from early shuttle missions. Since that time, he has been involved in research and development on a range of vehicles, such the National Aerospace Plane, X-35 and X-37. Thompson currently serves as deputy of aerothermal sciences for Orion, NASA’s next manned spacecraft.