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 Events

Mosaic Speaker Series - Native American Heritage Month Guest Lecturer, Lynn Long

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

The Mosaic Speaker Series recognizes and celebrates the many representations of diversity found within and around the University of Evansville community.

Andiron Lecture Series - When God is Father: The Unjust Theology of the Evangelical Orphan Care Movement

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

Adoption and foster care have become especially popular over the past decade within evangelical Christian circles, as evidenced by the establishment and growing popularity of Orphan Sunday and by the extensive promotion of adoption by evangelical religious groups, such as the Southern Baptist Convention and Focus on the Family. This call to adopt or foster is not fundamentally about providing options for infertile couples or promoting humanitarianism; rather, evangelicals draw on the Bible and Christian theology to frame adoption and foster care as a missionary activity that both symbolizes and accomplishes the salvific message of the Gospel.

The patriarchal theology behind the framework privileges the interests of the male “father” god over those of the birth mother. The resulting Christian rhetoric empowers the perspective of the adoptive parents by aligning them with God as pater familias while rendering the birth mother invisible and theologically irrelevant. God the Father’s "heart for adoption" thus promotes an Evangelical Orphan Care Movement that allows the desires of wealthy, privileged (and Christian) members of society to take precedence over the needs, wishes, and interests of vulnerable women.

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

Valerie A. Stein is an associate professor of religion and is chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Evansville. She has been at UE since 2002. She holds a ThD from Harvard University in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament. Her teaching and research interests focus on the intersection of religion and culture. Much of her work has centered on the history of biblical interpretation, particularly examining the ways in which the biblical text has functioned to marginalize or oppress certain groups. She uses social identities such as race, religion, and gender as lenses through which to critically engage religion as a structural force in both contemporary society and throughout history.

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 - Constructing Otherness: Critical Representation of Musicians in the Press

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Kristen Strandberg is assistant professor of music history at the University of Evansville. She holds a PhD in musicology from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a BM in cello performance from the University of Minnesota. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, such as the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, as well as meetings of the Society for French Historical Studies, Francophone Music Criticism Network, Research Group for the Study of Music in the Press (Portugal), and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Poland). Dr. Strandberg’s publications have appeared in several journals and conference proceedings, including the Journal of Musicological Research and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy. Her research focuses primarily on the ways in which music critics discussed violinists in 19th-century France using language that highlights cultural and political tensions of the period.

Andiron Lecture Series - Votes for Women – and Then What

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Roberta Heiman’s career in journalism spanned 42 years, most of it in Evansville. Her work as an investigative reporter won state and national awards for shedding light on community issues as varied as air pollution and jail overcrowding, the failed child welfare system and medical malpractice.   In retirement she has tackled another issue – the fact that women’s contributions to our community have been left out of local history books, which of course, were written by men.  She was instrumental in creating “Herstory,” a play about women in 20th Century Evansville, and she has written extensively about Albion Fellows Bacon, Dr. Stella Boyd and other local heroines in history (including women in UE’s history.) In addition, she resurrected the Southwestern Indiana League of Women Voters, which had disbanded in the 1990s, and she was among the founders of Women Stepping Up, which encourages and helps prepare women to seek elective office and be active civically. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women.  She attended Purdue University.

Crick Lecture Series

Sunday, April 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Koch Center for Engineering and Science, Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

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