Andiron Lectures in Liberal Arts and Sciences

The William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the Andiron Lectures in Liberal Arts and Sciences. This year’s lectures will explore an array of topics, reflecting the multiplicity of scholarly endeavors of faculty members at the University of Evansville. The lectures are held at 4:00 p.m. and are free and hospitably open to the greater Evansville community. Social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

Established in 1982, the Andiron Lectures offer stimulating research, commentary, and reflection from many fields of study. Presenters are primarily drawn from the faculty of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences but include faculty members and administrators from across the University campus and occasional contributions from the larger regional community as well. The Andiron Lecture series is sponsored by the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences and supported by a generous gift from Donald B. Korb.

For further information, contact program coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the University of Evansville William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

Upcoming Lectures

Andiron Lecture Series - Child’s Play: Amusement and Reform in Annie Fellows Johnston’s Two Little Knights of Kentucky

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Kristina L. Hochwender earned her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College, and her Master of Arts and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. Since 2007, she has taught literature at the University of Evansville, where she also currently serves as the director of general education. She was recognized with the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2017. Alongside her interest in literature for children, her research centers on the Victorian clerical novel, and particularly the ways in which the clergyman – in the words of Samuel Butler, “a kind of human Sunday” – mediates national and religious identities and crises in novels that captured the Victorian imagination throughout the latter nineteenth century.

Andiron Lecture Series - Modern American Megachurches – Kaiju Religion?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Robert Shelby is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Evansville. He earned his PhD in applied sociology from the University of Louisville in 2016. He also earned advanced degrees in sociology (2011) and communication and culture (2006). In 2001 he was granted an undergraduate degree in youth ministry and biblical studies from Trinity International University. He specializes in organizational sociology with specific interest in Protestant Christian organizational structures. Shelby conducted an outcome program evaluation for the Crossing Church in Quincy, Illinois (59th largest Protestant church in the US – 2016) and a process program evaluation for Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky (9th Largest Protestant Church in the US – 2016).

Past Lectures

Andiron Lecture Series - Settler Memory of Indigenous Florida

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Kristalyn Marie Shefveland is an associate professor of history at the University of Southern Indiana and the author of Anglo-Native Virginia: Trade, Conversion, and Indian Slavery in the Old Dominion, 1646-1722. She has been a contributing essayist to Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times; The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment; and Beyond Two Worlds: Critical Conversations on Language and Power in Native North America. A scholar of the indigenous Eastern Woodlands of North America, her research and publications focus on the intersections of settlers and indigenou speoples in the American Southeast, and she is currently working on a book on historical memory of Florida.

Andiron Lecture Series - Star Power: Medieval Muslim Polymath Jamshīd Kāshānī

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Mohammad K. Azarian has been teaching at the University of Evansville since 1985, where he is currently a professor of mathematics and a 2007-08 Global Scholar. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Tabriz University in Iran, his Master of Science from Southern Illinois University, and his PhD from Saint Louis University. Azarian is the recipient of the 2017 Mathematical Association of America-Indiana Distinguished Service Award. He is a Discipline Peer Reviewer for the Fulbright Scholar Program, and he is a reviewer for the American Mathematical Society’s Mathematical Reviews. He served on the Executive Board of the Indiana Section of Mathematical Association of America (2001-07), where he was responsible for the Indiana College Mathematics Competition. He is on the Editorial Board of Scientific Journals International and National Association of Mathematicians’ Newsletter. He serves as a referee for Houston Journal of Mathematics, International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences, College Mathematics Journal, Ars Combinatoria, and Journal of Integer Sequences. He authored over 40 research papers, published over 70 problems, and made over 1,500 contributions to The On-line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.

Ghiyath al-Din Jamshīd Mas'ud Kāshānī (known as al-Kāshī in the West) was one of the most renowned mathematicians and astronomers in Iranian history, and one of the most fascinating medieval Muslim mathematicians in the world. He is called “Persia's Second Ptolemy”. We will briefly talk about his many famous treatises and books, including Encyclopedia of Arithmetic, The Treatise on the Circumference, The Treatise on the Chord and Sine, and Stairways to Heaven. We will examine the influence of his work, and its impact on 21st Century mathematics.

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
December 6, 2017
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center

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 - Morality and the Distribution of Wealth

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Bill Hemminger is professor emeritus in the Department of English at UE, where he served for a number of years as chair. He also taught in the Department of Foreign Languages. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award and was recognized with the Dean’s Teaching Award and the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Service. In addition to publications of books, scholarly articles, fiction, and poetry, he is a practicing musician and composer. His book African Son was named Peace Corps Writers’ 2013 Best Travel Book. Hemminger has worked in Madagascar and Cameroon under the auspices of the Fulbright Program. A life-long believer in the importance of public service, Hemminger has been a Peace Corps volunteer, has worked in rural development in El Salvador, and since retirement has been involved in a number of service projects in Evansville. It is this local experience that has most greatly influenced the substance of his lecture.

A well-known 1972 essay by Peter Singer makes the extraordinary point that affluent people (and nations) should be morally constrained to provide for the well-being of impoverished people elsewhere. Hemminger's talk, entitled "Morality and the Distribution of Wealth," offers an update on Singer's thought.

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
November 1, 2017
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center

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 - Advertising and Pseudo-Culture: An Analysis of Changing Women’s Portrayal as Reflected in Magazine Advertisements

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Atefeh Yazdanparast is an assistant professor of marketing and Mead Johnson Endowed Chair in Business at the University of Evansville. She received her PhD in marketing with a minor in business anthropology from the University of North Texas. She also holds a master of science in marketing and a Bachelor of Science in food science and engineering. She is the chair of the American Marketing Association’s Marketing for Higher Education Special Interest Group. She has been the recipient of the University of Evansville Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Award (2017), Global Scholar Award (2015), and Schroeder School of Business Dean’s Research Award (2016 and 2014). Atefeh’s research is focused on consumer decision making and value co-creation. To date, her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and International Journal of Logistics Management.

The dynamic interplay between marketing systems and political systems has been a substantial macromarketing issue investigated by academic researchers over the past few decades. The present research is inspired by Adorno’s theory of pseudo-culture and aims to investigate how political and socio-cultural ideas are extensively manifested and promoted in mass media by political systems in an attempt to force cultural transformation through consumption. Following a content analysis and a semiotic analysis of print advertisements during important historical eras of Iran, the sharp contrast between the orientations of the Pahlavi and Islamic Republic regimes and its resultant impact on the status and role of women in the society are investigated. The research identifies five major themes underlying pseudo-culture formation and discusses the advertising strategies implemented to support these themes. This work also identifies four major tools utilized in pseudo-culture formation and demonstrates how pseudo-cultures may be formed, promoted, and abolished.

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center

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 - Diggers, Farmers and Townsmen: Irish Immigrants in Southwestern Indiana, 1850

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Presented by Daniel Gahan.

Social gathering, with beverages, at 3:45 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4 p.m.

No cost and no tickets are required to attend.

Andiron Lecture Series - Towards a New Nostalgia for Public Libraries: Engaging, Inquiring & Empowering

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Presented by Cyndee Landrum.

Social gathering, with beverages, at 3:45 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4 p.m.

No cost and no tickets are required to attend.

Andiron Lecture Series - Alpha Scholars and First-Generation Families

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Presented by Mari Plikuhn.

Social gathering, with beverages, at 3:45 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4 p.m.

No cost and no tickets are required to attend.

Andiron Lecture Series - Evansville History in Motion

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room 253, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Presented by Joe Atkinson.

Social gathering, with beverages, at 3:45 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4 p.m.

No cost and no tickets are required to attend.

Andiron Lecture Series - It Takes a Village: The Realities of Directing an Archaeological Excavation in the 21st Century

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Presented by Jennie Ebeling.

Social gathering, with beverages, at 3:45 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4 p.m.

No cost and no tickets are required to attend.

Andiron Lecture Series - The Prophets of Penzance: The Wesleys Take Cornwall and Bristol (and They’re Probably Way Cooler than You Thought)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

By Mitch Gieselman

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

Andiron Lecture Series - The Hunt for Dark Matter

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

By Angela Reisetter

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Emotional Responsibility and Teaching Ethics: Student Empowerment

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

By Lisa Kretz

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Evansville on the Ohio

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

By Thomas Lonnberg

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Salami Tactics and the Future of U.S.-Russian Relations

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

By Richard Maass

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

Andiron Lecture Series - The Antithesis of Justice

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

By Matt Hummel

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Sustaining Wildlife: Enhancing Native Plant Diversity at Vectren Conservation Park, in the Native Plant Garden in Koch Courtyard, and in Your Backyard

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

By Cris Hochwender

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Finnegans Wake: How to Read

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Robert Baines, Assistant Professor of English, UE
Finnegans Wake: How to Read

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

Andiron Lecture Series - The Antithesis of Justice

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Matthew Hummel, paralegal, Vanderburgh County Public Defender Agency
The Antithesis of Justice

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Can Plants and Bacteria Think?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Derek Jones, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UE
Can Plants and Bacteria Think?

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Mixed: Misunderstanding the Hybrid Phenomena

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

LaNeeça Williams, Diversity & Equity Officer, UE
Mixed: Misunderstanding the Hybrid Phenomena

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Why the Smart Money is Investing in Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Jennifer Drake, President & CEO 4C of Southern Indiana
Why the Smart Money is Investing in Early Childhood Education

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Should School Curriculum Be Cathartic?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Paul Parkison, Associate Professor of Education, UE
Should School Curriculum Be Cathartic?

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Marital Cruelty in Antebellum America

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Robin Sager, Assistant Professor of History, UE
Marital Cruelty in Antebellum America

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

Andiron Lecture Series - Talk Religious to Me: Why Sacred, Soul, and Spirituality are No Longer Dirty Words in Higher Education

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Krannert Fine Arts Building, Wheeler Concert Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Tamara Gieselman

Andiron Lecture Series - Implications of Christian Ideology on Multicultural Education in Public Schooling

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Vincent Harper

Andiron Lecture Series - Literary and Cultural Identities in the Vietnamese Francophone Novel

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Roger Pieroni

Andiron Lecture Series - The Medieval Islamic World and China

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Anya King

Andiron Lecture Series - Talking to Molecules with Lasers: A Sabbatical at MIT

Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Bryan Lynch, professor of chemistry

Andiron Lecture Series - Is Music the Universal Language?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Alfred Savia

Andiron Lecture Series - Architectural Styles of Evansville's Riverside Historic District

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Room 253, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Matt Rowe

Andiron Lecture Series - International Struggles for Democratic Education

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Matthew Knoester

Andiron Lecture Series - To the Greater Glory of God: Religion and Memorialization in 1920s Scotland

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

James MacLeod

Andiron Lecture Series - Communication: It Seems So Easy, So Second Nature...Think Again!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Jack Schriber

Andiron Lecture Series - Skipping Beats: The Impact of the Illegal Drug Trade on Colombian Music

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Diana Rodríguez Quevedo

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