The University of Evansville is always striving to extend its educational experience beyond the classroom. As such, the University is proud to present a variety of speaker series for the benefit of its student body and the entire Evansville community. These speaker series include on-campus lectures, such as the Crick Lectures in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences, the Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series, and the Andiron Lectures in Liberal Arts and Sciences among others. In addition, the University's Institute Speaker Series has brought in highly regarded individuals like Thomas Friedman, David Sanger, Khaled Hosseini, and others. The goal of all of the University's speaker series is to enhance the academic experience of its students while benefiting the entire Evansville community.

Upcoming Lectures

Andiron Lecture Series - Cautiously Confronting Colonialism: The United States and Decolonizing Africa, 1962-1990

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Daniel Byrne is an associate professor of history at the University of Evansville. He focuses his teaching on United States history since the American Civil War with a focus on the United States in the world. Additionally, he teaches a seminar on African decolonization, which combines his research in United States foreign policy with the nationalist perspectives on the end of European empires in Africa. His original research focused on the United States response to the Algerian war of independence and has expanded to cover the decolonization of French West Africa.

With the conclusion of the Algerian war of independence and the decolonization of much of British and French Africa, the United States sought to reshape its response to the remainder of decolonizing Africa and to confront the white-ruled states of Rhodesia, Namibia, and South Africa. As the American Civil Rights movement scored significant victories at home, it began to place increased pressures on US policy abroad. However, Cold War considerations limited America’s willingness to directly confront colonialism or to support nationalist independence movements. Consequently, the United States became slowly drawn into conflicts that placed its foreign policy at odds with its publicly declared support for democracy, self-determination, and racial equality.

A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

For further information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

Andiron Lecture Series - War Victim to Gay Hero: Commemorating Lorca in the Absence of his Body

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Edward Curran is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Evansville. He holds a PhD in Hispanic Literature from Cornell University, an MA in Spanish (Language, Literature, and Culture) from UNC Charlotte, as well as a BA in Modern Languages from Winthrop University. His teaching and research interests include: twentieth-century Spanish literature, photography, film, monuments, material culture, in addition to photography theory and visual studies. Curran’s Andiron lecture is derived from the first chapter of his dissertation, Mourning the Image: The Afterlife of Bodies in Contemporary Spain, which examines categories of human remains germane to the Peninsula’s mass grave exhumation phenomenon and their representation in photography, monuments, and the plastic arts.

18th Fiddick Memorial Lecture

Friday, October 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu epidemic. Speaker is Professor Susan Kent of the Univ of Colorado.

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