University of Evansville


The University of Evansville offers speaker's series and other events throughout the academic year.

Fiddick Lecture Series

Thomas Fiddick served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from the fall quarter of 1963 to the spring semester of 2002. In the 39 years he spent at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire University of Evansville community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students' efforts in particular, with the support of Tom Fiddick's friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.

2015 Lecture

  • Friday, October 30, 2015
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Schroeder School of Business Room 170

The University of Evansville’s Department of History is proud to welcome Dr. Steven P. Gietschier, Associate Professor of History at Lindenwood University, for the 14th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.

Dr. Gietschier will present “American Professional Sports and Political Activism” at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015 in Room 770 of the Schroeder School of Business. His lecture is free and open to the public. In the wake of professional athletes commenting publicly on the events in Ferguson and other acts that have led to community protests, Dr. Gietschier will examine the long history of American athletes getting involved in political or social activism. He will explore the circumstances where American athletes have stepped away from their games and into the larger arena in which we all live, as well as the times when they have they not. He will examine why these decisions were made and the results of these decisions.

Past Events

  • Friday, October 10, 2014
    "The GI Generation: Sending American Soldiers into Battle in World War II."
    Theodore Wilson, University of Kansas professor of history
    Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
    7:00 p.m.

  • Friday, November 1, 2013
    “Changing Views of Islam in Spain Between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period”
    Olivia Remie Constable, professor of medieval history and the Robert M. Conway director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame
    Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
    7:00 pm.