Lecture Series

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Bradley University is home to over 130 full-time faculty members, many of whom enjoy national and even international reputations. Established in 2012, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Lecture Series provides an excellent venue to highlight and to celebrate our talented professors' outstanding scholarly and creative work. This lecture series also creates a regular and exciting opportunity to disseminate scholarly knowledge and creative insights within and beyond the Bradley University community. Additionally, it consistently sparks new ideas, forges fruitful collaborations, and promotes continuing inquiry and dialogue on a range of compelling issues in the humanities, social sciences, and natural and computational sciences. As a result, the lecture series underscores the enduring and transformative value of the liberal arts and sciences.

Fall Lecture Series

“Can Reading Literature Make You a Better Person?”

   Dr. Laurie Vickroy, Department of English

   Tuesday, March 31, 2020
   6:00 p.m.
   Westlake Hall, Room 116

Learn how literary works can provide spaces for reflection and insights into ourselves normally unavailable to us. Fictional “storyworlds” approximate human experience and mental states that can teach us empathy and emotional intelligence.

Previous Lectures


The Special Case of Digital Privacy in Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence
Dr. Craig Curtis


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: a Boon For Mankind or Technologies of Mass Destruction?
Dr. Christos Nikolopoulos

The Two Koreas in the Spotlight: Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula
Dr. Jihyun Kim


House Parties, Bars and Laboratories: Creative Methodologies for Examining College Student Drinking
Dr. Amy Bacon


LAS Homecoming Special Edition: Recollections of best experiences panel
Dr. Dan Getz, Dr. Marty Craig and Dr. Bernie Zant

Big Data, Geometry and Algebra: Modeling Complexity in Financial Networks
Dr. Mat Timm

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Screening Vienna: The City of Dreams in English Language Cinema and Television
Dr. Tim Conley


Hiding a Gigaton of Carbon: The Role of Soils in a Changing Climate
Dr. Sherri Morris

Poetry in the Public Sphere: An Evening with Illinois Poet Laureate Dr. Kevin Stein
Dr. Kevin Stein

"Floods", "Invaders" and "Parasites": The Rise of Right-Wing Populism and Immigration Threat Narratives in the United States, the United Kindom and Australia
Dr. Jackie Hogan

Putting Your LAS Degree to Work - A Panel Discussion
Dr. Chris Jones, Mr. David Brant, Ms. Laura Huth and Dr. Rob Prescott


So You Want to Be a Writer?
Dr. Devin Murphy

Viewing Religion Through the Lens of the Liberal Arts and Sciences: A Conversation Linking the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences
Dr. Bob Fuller

Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom
Dr. Emily Gill

The Antibiotic Crisis: Is the End of the Anitbiotic Era Near?
Dr. Brad Andersh


Can Art Do Anything Great?
Dr. Mike Greene

Loving Yourself, Loving Others, and Loving the One You're With: Exploring Cultural diversity in the Psychology of Romantic Pair-Bonding
Dr. Dave Schmitt