Intercultural Lecture Series

Understanding, appreciating and celebrating cultural differences are critical to the well-being of individuals and communities.

As a key component of the University’s mission and core values, intercultural education helps to prepare students and faculty “for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society.”

The Honors Program organizes four annual intercultural lectures annually in a “Visiting-Scholar-for-a-Day” format. The current speaker lineup can be found on our Cultural Events webpage.

  • César Chávez Lecture: Established in 1996, this lecture is held each fall to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month and is part of the University’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration.
  • The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture: The newest of the University’s intercultural lectures, formally named in 2011, is held each fall to coincide with National Coming Out Day and is part of the University’s commitment to the history, issues and life stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
  •  Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture: This lecture, established in 1993, is held each winter to coincide with Black History Month and is part of the University’s annual Celebration of Black Heritage.
  •  Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture: Established in 2002, this lecture is held each spring to coincide with Women’s History Month and is part of the University’s Women’s History Celebration.

An additional appreciation of diversity comes from the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion through its array of programs and activities. For students interested in the academic study of diversity, the University’s Department of Intercultural Studies offers a major and a minor.

For more information about the intercultural lecture series, please contact Professor Mary Kay Mulvaney.

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