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The Fall 2020 Cultural Season at Elmhurst University

Welcome to Elmhurst University’s Fall 2020 speaker series. This year’s theme, The Courage to Change: Reflection, Action and Resilience, is inspired by alumnus Reinhold Niebuhr’s revered Serenity Prayer. We hope you’ll join us for one or all of our thought-provoking lectures this fall, all to be offered virtually.

All of our cultural events are open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase here. Lectures and most other events are free for Elmhurst University students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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Past Events

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

Laurie Hernandez

Olympic gold and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez is one of only a few Latinas to ever have represented the U.S. in the Olympic Games. The gymnast’s charisma and grace helped her to win Dancing with the Stars, and she has shared her inspirational story in a New York Times best seller and a children’s picture book. As she trains for the 2021 Olympics, Hernandez travels the country speaking to young people about following their dreams, and is a fierce advocate for mental health awareness.

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5. Free for all Elmhurst University students, faculty, staff and alumni, but reservations are required.

The Struggle Continues: The NAACP in DuPage and at Elmhurst University

Michael Childress, president of the DuPage County branch of the NAACP

Thursday, October 15, 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free.

Truth Over Fear: Overcoming Islamophobia Through Education, Dialogue and Cooperation

Charles Kimball

As an author, analyst and professor of comparative religion at the University of Oklahoma, Charles Kimball’s work focuses on the Middle East, Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S. His sixth book, Truth Over Fear: Combatting the Lies About Islam—A Guide for Christians and Muslims Working Together, demystifies the world’s second-largest religion and provides practical guidance on taking the first steps toward community building.

The Al-Ghazali Lecture
Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

Liberation Access: Neurodiversity and Disability Justice in LGBTQ2IA Work

August Stockwell

August Stockwell is a researcher, educator and the executive director of Upswing Advocates in Chicago, a nonprofit that provides trainings and research opportunities supporting the LGBTQ2IA community. A neurodivergent, queer, non-binary human, Stockwell also is associate director of research in the Applied Behavior Analysis Department of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Their research topics include gender, sexual behavior, mindfulness, non-monogamy, communication in relationships, neurodiversity, cultural considerations, and effective skill-building strategies.

The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free.

The Religious Landscape of Chicago

Nisan Chavkin, executive director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago

Wednesday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free.

The Future of Holocaust Education at Elmhurst University

Held on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, this discussion features:

  • Rebecca Carter-Chand, Ph.D., acting director, Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Mary Kay Mulvaney, Ph.D., professor of English, director of the Honors Program at Elmhurst University
  • Michelle Sadowski, assistant director of the Niebuhr Center, Elmhurst University
  • Rabbi Steven Bob, founding member of the Elmhurst University Holocaust Committee, Jewish chaplain
  • Moderator: The Rev. H. Scott Matheney, chaplain, Elmhurst University

Monday, November 9, 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free.

Faith Over Fear: What Matters to Me and Why

A perspective from Elmhurst’s Lutheran community, with:

  • Sue Rothmeyer, secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • The Rev. Anna Ernst, pastor of Epiphany Luther Church in Elmhurst, Lutheran co-chaplain at Elmhurst University
  • Lorraine Schuler ’22, president of the Spiritual Life Council, Elmhurst University
  • Dean Pribbenow, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, Elmhurst University

Wednesday, November 18, 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free.

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