Lecture Series

Expand Your World

We have a wide variety of lectures and presentations on myriad topics, delivered by guest speakers as well as our resident faculty experts. Join us!

History Seminar Lectures present a wide range of intriguing topics across the broad field of history. Other disciplines may also be represented in this lecture series, with emphasis on historical aspects involved.

Science Gang Lectures, presented by LC professors, make science research and topics accessible and interesting to all students, regardless of major.

Senior Symposium Lectures provide a capstone experience in which seniors confront the great moral issues of history as found in "great books" and as illuminated by guest lecturers.

Endowed Lectures

Elisha K. Bennett Lectureship in Personal Growth and Development
Focus: Personal Growth and Development
Details: The lectureship was endowed by Elisha K. Bennett, a loyal alumnus who spent most of his adult years helping people discover their potential, in honor of his parents, John Elisha and Mollie Edwards Bennett.

The Ida Wise East Memorial Lectureship in the Humanities
Focus: Humanities
Details: Established in 1979 by an endowment gift from Mrs. Margaret East Nelson of Norfolk, Virginia, in memory of her mother, Ida Wise East, and in recognition of the lifelong interest of the East and Nelson families in the humanities.

John Franklin East Lectureship in the Humanities
Focus: Humanities
Details: Provides one or more annual lectures by visiting scholars. It was established in 1977 through an endowed gift from Mrs. Margaret East Nelson in memory of her father, who served on the LC Board of Trustees, and in recognition of the lifelong interest of the East and Nelson families in the humanities and fine arts. Lecturers include Dr. Jonathan Pevsner, Dr. Melvin Ely, Dr. James McPherson, Dr. Alan Fuchs, Dr. Alexander T. Nagel, Dr. James Dunn, Dr. Caroline A. Bruselius, and Dr. John Camp.

Harold Garretson Lectureship
Focus: Chemistry
Details: Sponsors guest lecturers who explore specific aspects of chemistry. It was established in 1976 to honor Dr. Harold Garretson, a professor of chemistry at Lynchburg College, who retired after thirty-one years of teaching.

Richard P. Gifford Lecture Series
Focus: Business, Leadership, Economics
Details: Provides lectures by outstanding and nationally recognized executives and scholars in business, leadership, and economics. The series was established in memory of Richard Gifford, vice president of General Electric, active supporter of Lynchburg College, and former chairman of the Board of Trustees. Past Gifford lecturers include W. George Jameson (2009), retired attorney and manager in the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Justice, and the White House Counsel's Office; Daniel Laufenburg (2007), senior economist at Ameriprise Financial and former financial analyst for the Congressional Budget Office; Dr. Nariman Behravesh (2006), chief economist and executive vice president for Global Insight.

Clifton W. Potter Jr. Lectureship
Focus: American and European history
Details: The lectureship was established in 1982 by an endowment gift by Mrs. Harold C. Turner of Waynesboro, Virginia, in honor of her son-in-law, Clifton W. Potter Jr., a 1962 graduate and a professor of history at the College.

Jennie Cutler Shumate Lectureship on Christian Ministry
Focus: Christian ministry
Details: The lecture is delivered each year on a day near March 10, the birth date of Mrs. Shumate, in whose honor the lectureship was established.

Abe Schewel Fund
Focus: Promoting Jewish culture and religious tolerance
Details: Honors the memory and contributions of Abe Schewel, a successful Lynchburg businessman and well-known humanitarian, and provides support for an annual lecture, promoting Jewish culture and religious tolerance. The fund was established by his daughter, Frances Schewel Heiner, and his son and daughter-in-law, Elliot S. '00 LHD and Rosel H. Schewel '71 MEd, '83 Ed.S., '00 D.Ed. in 1999.

Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Diversity
Focus: Education, Human Diversity
Details: Established in 1991 by an endowment gift from Rosel H. and Elliot S. Schewel, longtime supporters of the College and education advocates, the annual lecture has included presenters such as Henry Louis Gates, Jonathan Kozol, Alex Kotlowitz, Cornell West, J. David Smith, Ron Clark, and Beverly Tatum. Rosel Schewel is a member of the LC Board of Trustees and Elliot Schewel is an honorary life overseer of the College.

Clifton L. Snidow Lectureship
Focus: Christian life
Details: Established by the College Board of Trustees in recognition of Clifton L. Snidow's interest in and gifts to Lynchburg College. The annual lecture is presented by an outstanding interpreter of Christianity on a theme dealing with the Christian life. The lectureship was endowed in 1987 through a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. J. Clopton Knibb of Goochland, Virginia. Mr. Knibb was an attorney and alumnus of the Class of 1933.

Richard H. Thornton Fund
Focus: Writing, Publishing
Details: Named in honor of Richard H. Thornton, a 1907 graduate who was distinguished in the fields of writing and publishing, brings notable writers, journalists, and others to campus several times each year to lecture and teach courses. Writers who have visited campus include Ann Beattie, Denise Levertov, James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Ellen Gilchrist, Susan Sheehan, Howard Nemerov, John Barth, Joan Aiken, and Stephen Spender.

John M. Turner Lecture in the Humanities
Focus: General humanities
Details: Established in 1992 by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Lynchburg College. The lecture, along with the John M. Turner Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, were named in honor of John Mills Turner '29, English professor, dean of the College, vice president for academic affairs, and one of the most beloved and respected members of the Lynchburg College community for forty-one years (1933-74). Lecturers include Dr. David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago; Richard K. Matthews, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and chair of the Department of Political Science at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Zaidee Creel Williams Lectureship
Focus: Religious Studies
Details: Established in 1987 by a gift from Austin B. Creel and other family members and friends in memory of Zaidee Creel Williams, a 1924 graduate who taught in the public schools of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.


Other Lectures

Esther C. Olin Lecture Recital Series on Piano Performance
Focus: Musical performance
Details: Established in 2007 by the LC Music Program to honor Esther Olin, retired piano and composition professor, who taught at the College for more than 20 years. Guest musicians and lecturers perform.

Galley Talks and Select Sundays at the Daura Gallery
Focus: Art
Details: Special presentations that highlight exhibitions currently showing in the Gallery.

Geraldine Lyon Owen Lecture Series
Focus: Writing and teaching
Details: Established by Mrs. Owen, a 1927 graduate of LC, in memory of her family and in recognition of the Hundley family's contribution to the College. Lecturers include Karen Salyer McElmurray, associate professor in creative writing at Georgia College and State University; Katharyn Privett-Duren, Auburn University; Michael White, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Dr. Katherine Turner, assistant professor of English, Mary Baldwin College; Dr. Lesley Wheeler, chair and professor of English, Washington and Lee University.