Morgyn Miller ‘18

Major: NSFIA
Hometown:Barberton, Ohio

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Lecture Series

From former presidents to Supreme Court Justices, world-renowned performers to social activists, the University of Mount Union is committed to enhancing the educational experience by bringing top-notch experts to campus. Each semester, Mount Union is proud to sponsor a lecture series made up of several lectureships and fine arts events for students, faculty and community members to enjoy.

The Mount Union Lecture Series is made up of a number of endowed lectureships, special event keynote speakers, convocations, music recitals, art exhibits and theatrical performances held on campus. These events provide learning across disciplines, bringing new perspectives and ideas to campus from places throughout the world. Information on upcoming events is provided on a semi-annual basis.

2018-2019 Lecture Series Schedule

Dewald Honors Dinner 

When: Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kresge Dining Commons, Hoover-Price Campus Center 

Kershaw Lecture - "The Divide

featuring Perry King 
When: Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. 
Where: Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for 
the Performing Arts

Perry King comes to Mount Union as his newest film The Divide is currently on the film festival circuit having been screened at several events including the International Independent Film Awards as a Silver and Gold Award recipient, the Los Angeles Film Awards where it won Best Western, and Best First-Time Screenwriter, WorldFest Houston where it received the Platinum Remi, and the Arizona Film Festival where it was awarded Best Dramatic Feature and a special jury award was given to Perry for Best Performance.

As part of the Kershaw Lecture, we will screen Mr. King’s film The Divide, a moving story about the ravages of dementia and the healing power of the family set against the backdrop of drought-plagued northern California in 1976. Mr. King will also spend time with Theatre, English, and Communication students to discuss the collaborative nature of the performing arts. His visit with us speaks to our belief that the arts are a vital part of the institution, given their ability to help us understand different cultures, view events from multiple perspectives, and process life events both tragic and joyful.

Eckler Lecture - "An Evening with Ocean Vuong

featuring Ocean Vuong 
When: Wednesday, October 17 at 7 p.m.  
Where: Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts 
The 2018 Eckler Lecture will feature poet Ocean Vuong, winner of the T. S, Eliot Award for his critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds. Vuong, who immigrated with his family from Vietnam when he was two-years-old and was named Ocean by his mother because the Ocean touches so many countries including the US and Vietnam, will read and discuss his works. 


Gallaher Lecture - "Science is Fun and the Joy of Learning

featuring Bassam Shakhashiri
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. 
Where: Gallager Theatre (Black Box), Giese Center for the Performing Arts
We are pleased to announce that Bassam Shakhashiri, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has been secured as the upcoming Gallaher Lecturer. Professor Shakhashiri will be with us on Tuesday, November 6, during which time he will deliver two lectures. He will first present a technical lecture entitled, “Science and Society: Our Opportunities and Responsibilities,” at 11:10 a.m. in the Bracy Hall of Science, Room 02. He will then deliver a public lecture entitled, “Science is Fun and the Joy of Learning” at 7 p.m. in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. Professor Shakhashiri encourages both children and adults to attend this talk where he will use demonstrations to show how science can be communicated to all segments of our society.


Faculty Lecture - "Humor, Seriously: Exploring the Connections between Humor and Well-being"

featuring Dr. Kevin Meyer
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. 
Where: Presser Recital Hall, Cope Music Hall 
Dr. Meyer will present “Humor, Seriously: Exploring the Connections between Humor and Well-being.” He will discuss how research in the field of humor studies enhances our understanding of how a more rigorous and positive sense of personal well-being is developed and nurtured.

Schooler Lecture featuring Margaret Atwood

When: Wednesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. 
Where: Timken Gymnasium, McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex
Margaret Atwood, award-winning author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and other literary works, will present the 2019 Schooler Lecture. 

Margaret Atwood has long been a literary titan, but “current events have polished the oracular sheen of her reputation,” says The New Yorker. With her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale back on the bestsellers lists and its television adaptation awarded eight Emmy Awards, it seems Atwood’s sharp eye is more necessary—and prescient—than ever.

A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible WomanThe Robber BrideThe Blind AssassinOryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her non-fiction book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, was made into a documentary. Her novel, MadAddam (the third novel in the Oryx and Craketrilogy), has received rave reviews: “An extraordinary achievement” (The Independent); “A fitting and joyous conclusion” (The New York Times). The trilogy is being adapted into an HBO TV series by celebrated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Atwood’s most recent collection of short stories is Stone Mattress. Her most recent novel is Hag-Seed, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

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