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Northwest Missouri State University

Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

With the support of the Provost's Office, the Faculty Senate would like to invite you to attend lectures offered from individuals around the globe. These scholars, world travelers, and leaders in their field visit the Northwest campus in order to share their wisdom, insight and experiences.

Through the Distinguished Lecture Series, we are able to enhance the academic environment through individual discipline and interdisciplinary topics. An education in the arts and the world is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, journalists, authors and other invited guests.

We invite you to learn, participate and be a part of our series!

For more information contact Kenton Wilcox, Distinguished Lecture Series committee chair, at



Scott Dikkers

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 12th, 2016  | Charles Johnson Theatre, Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building

Scott Dikkers

This is a crazy, unlikely and hilarious story of how a group of friends dropped out of college and started a fake newspaper, which is now one of the most popular humor destinations in the world. As founder of The Onion, Scott Dikkers is proof that unlikely doesn't mean improbable.

The Onion's longest-serving editor-in-chief is the godfather of its unique comedic vision and best-selling author whose work has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a Peabody and more than 30 Webby Awards.

In the words of Carl Sandburg, "Life is an onion - you peel it year by year and sometimes cry." With an inspiring insight on seizing opportunity, outrageous life stories and a cultivated sense of humor, he will leave us inspried to peel back our own layers.

Dr. Joy Ladin

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 25th, 2016  | Charles Johnson Theatre, Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building

Dr. Joy Ladin

Dr. Joy Ladin is the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University and the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish Institution. Her memoir, "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders," was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award, and she was named to the 2012 Forward 50 list of influential or gourageous American Jews.

She is the author of seven books of poetry. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts writing fellowship, a Fulbright Schoalrship and an American Council of Learned Societies research fellowship.

She will explain how her childhood experience of hiding both her transgender identity and her relationship with God has led her to see transgender experience as enriching rather than challenging, opposing, or "queering" religious tradition.

Sister Hellen Prejean

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 15th, 2017  | Charles Johnson Theatre, Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building

Lilly Ledbetter

Sister Helen Prejean is a Roman Catholic nun and member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. From 1985 to 1995 she served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and was chairperson of the Board from 1993 to 1995.

Her book, "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty," was No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. In 1996, the book was develolped into a major motion picture starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.