Lectures & Programs

The academic year at UIndy is rich with lectures and programs on a myriad of topics, which makes it interesting and easy for students to earn Lecture/Performance credit. Many, such as the annual Kellogg Writers Series, are cultural in nature; others are more scholarly. The University Series and Diversity Series were created specifically for students.

University Series

The lectures, programs and special events of the University Series are designed to foster campus discussions focusing on UIndy's four learning goals: social responsibility, creativity, performance, and critical thinking.

2014-15 Events
Seeking Eureka

In 2014-15, we return to the learning goal of creativity, which we want to use to invite the University community to regard in an experiential mode.

Inspired by Archimedes' legendary bathtub epiphany, we have chosen “Seeking ‘Eureka!’” as this year’s theme.  More than 2,000 years ago, this Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer famously shouted "Eureka!" (“I have found it!') when, considering the displacement of water in his tub, he realized he had discovered a method of determining the purity of gold. 

Sometimes we make discoveries when we dare to think in new ways. At other times, we might have a "Eureka!" moment after a patient effort yields unexpected results. The 2014-15 University series promises occasions for delight and wonder. Please join us for a year of "Seeking 'Eureka!'"

The following events have been scheduled, but we are still determining titles. Check back soon for additional details and updates. Times and locations can be found on the UIndy calendar.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Welcome Week Orientation event: Jeffrey Oaks (mathematician)

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Convocation for First-Year Students
Henrietta Lacks Family Presentation: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (The Common Reader)

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Kellogg Writers Series: Todd Davis, poet

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Blanche E. Penrod Lecture Series: Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Kellogg Writers Series: George Dohrmann, journalist

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Provost's Lecture Series: Stephanie Combs-Miller, physical therapist

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Sutphin Lecture Series: Twyla Tharp, choreographer/dancer

Wednesday, April 1, 2014
Kellogg Writers Series: Alice Friman, poet

2013-14 Diversity Series

The Diversity Lecture Series celebrates the diversity on our campus. Six events throughout the year (three per semester) provide a fun and interesting approach to topics such as ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation. The programs feature comedians, theatrical performances, musicians, reality-show cast members and professional speakers.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
Strange Like Me
(An interactive theatrical program on racism, sexism and homophobia) 

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Reel Diversity
Brian Johnson

Monday, Nov. 18
Negin Farsad

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Nikki Giovanni

Monday, April 7
Kit Yan