Today, we're featuring two more of our speakers for our 2017 event Precipice. Read on to learn about Brenda Chaney and Mark Rudoff. Visit to purchase your ticket before they sell out! You can also see our full speaker lineup here.

Brenda Chaney is a senior lecturer in sociology. She majored in sociology/criminology because she was interested in what we do to people who break the rules. This interest has led to working in, volunteering in, teaching in, and researching about prison with a special interest in the women who are in prison. She started the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women several years ago and also participates in a book discussion group with women serving life sentences.

When not working, she spends time with her family (she has very cute grandkids), puppies, shy kittens, and friends. She also tries to attract monarch butterflies to her yard and loves to read. Give her a chance, and she will give you a lecture on the evils of plastic or the politics of animal rights.

Mark Rudoff is Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music in the OSU School of Music. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Law from University of Saskatchewan. Over the course of what passes for his career, Mark has played in, conducted, and managed orchestras, coached more than 100 string quartets, practiced law as an insurance and insolvency litigator, presented a regular classical music column on CBC radio, and worked in film as a cello stunt double. Closer to the academic mainstream, he has given papers before the College Music Society and American String Teachers Association, and has published an article about music in Alberta Law Review and one that treats legal concepts in American String Teacher. At Ohio State, Mark is a STEP mentor and participates in the STEAM Factory. He has been researching and lecturing on bullshit since 2006.