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.
2017-2018 Lecture Series Schedule
Dewald Honors Dinner
When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kresge Dining Commons, Hoover-Price Campus Center
Wolf Lecture - "Before, During, and After Napoleon: Beethoven's
Orchestras and Orchestral Musicians"
featuring Theodore Albrecht When: Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. Where: Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts
The composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is often seen scowling at us from portraits that reflect his increasing deafness, and many of us have learned his powerful Fifth Symphony as an act of rage and defiance against his debilitating handicap.
We shall take a more practical, a more realistic view as Beethoven composed his works for Vienna's professional orchestras and orchestral musicians through the terrifyingly uncertain phases of the Napoleonic wars, including his teacher Haydn's Mass in Time of War with threatening drum rolls in the distance (1796), the revolutionary Eroica Symphony inspired by the dashed Enlightenment of Bonaparte (1804), with the Fifth Symphony and the Choral Fantasy, placing his hopes into words ("Night and storms become Light") in 1808. When Napoleon suffered several defeats after his invasion of Russia in 1812, Beethoven organized an orchestra of over 100 musicians to perform his Wellington's Victory, a battle piece that made him the musical star of the international Congress of Vienna (1814-1815). All of his philosophical, emotional, and orchestral-technical powers came together in 1824 in the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, proclaiming to the world, "All Mankind will be Brothers"!
But in all of this greatness, Beethoven never forgot the individual orchestral musician playing the tiny piccolo.
Eckler Lecture - "Living Theatre: A Day in the Life"
featuring Living Theatre When: Sunday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m. Where: Gallaher Theatre, Giese Center for the Performing Arts
For this year’s Eckler lecture the Theatre Department is happy to announce a residency by the Living Theatre Workshop. The Living Theatre is an American theatre company founded in 1947 and based in New York City. It is the oldest experimental theatre group in the United States.
Co-Founders of the Workshop attached to the company, Lois Kagan Mingus and Jerry Goralnick will be in residence on the Mount Union campus from October 26th through the 29th. In keeping with the fall lecture series theme of Facing our Fears the workshop leaders will be working with interested Mount Union students to create a performance piece entitled A Day in the Life of the City that will be performed on October 29th in the Gallaher Black Box Theatre.
Heffern Lecture - "Never Fear Being Different"
featuring Jordon Rooney When: Wednesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. Where: Presser Recital Hall, Cope Music Hall
Never Fear Being Different is a lecture as well as a movement urging people to make life choices that can be both supportive and motivational for their future goals and dreams. The NFBD movement is a way for people to step out of their comfort zone and achieve tasks they never thought possible.
The motivation came from a frustration with society and a noticeable need to change the way kids are influenced. The first steps were a kid’s camp where 150 third - sixth graders attended and a leadership program for 125 seventh - twelfth graders. From there, things took off rather quickly. Rooney became the keynote speaker at fifty school assemblies in six states in a little over a year. NFBD blew up on social media with 100,000 likes on Facebook and 25,000 followers on Instagram. Just recently, Rooney and NFBD Vice President Dave Wright won a competition for entrance into a business incubator in Pittsburgh. NFBD's next step is creating a media platform for teenagers.
Faculty Lecture - "The 'Os' of Healthcare in Ohio: Obesity,
Opioids, and Oral Health"
featuring Betsy Ekey When: Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m. Where: Presser Recital Hall, Cope Music Hall
The “Os” will focus on significant health issues impacting Ohio residents. Children are developing obesity related diseases that were once mostly evident only in adults. Opioid overdoses are alarmingly high and continue to rise. Proper oral healthcare is necessary to reduce the risk of chronic disease. Understanding the impact of these diseases can help lead to prevention through education. The role of healthcare providers, especially Physician Assistants, is critical to reduce the prevalence of these conditions.
Slater Lecture - "Gladiators at Pompeii: The City and Spectacle"
featuring Steven Tuck When: Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Where: Presser Recital Hall, Cope Music Hall
No archaeological site in the world is as evocative as the name Pompeii. And yet it generally evokes its disastrous end in the eruption of Vesuvius. In this lecture we explore what Pompeii has given to archaeology and ancient history through an examination of only one subject: gladiators, their role in the city, and the art that celebrated them.
Schooler Lecture - "Hot Spots at Home and Around the World"
featuring General Michael Hayden When: Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. Where: Timken Gymnasium, McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex
Hot Spots at Home and Around the World. In this dangerous and unpredictable world, the geopolitical situation is constantly changing. As a career soldier and the nation’s top military intelligence officer, General Hayden understands the politics and key players who drive policy internationally and at home. He delivers a compelling presentation about the state of the world today. Which nations are on the rise and which are in decline? Which areas are trouble spots for America and American interests? With humor and insight, General Hayden breaks down the state of the planet, giving audiences the ultimate insider’s glimpse into the forces shaping the world.