S.A. Yoder Memorial Lecture Series

The S.A. Yoder Lecture Series honors Dr. Samuel A. Yoder, a professor at GC from 1930 to 1935 and again from 1946 until his death in 1970. During his career, he was a Fulbright lecturer at Anatolia College in Greece, Smith-Mundt lecturer at the University of Hue in Vietnam, visiting professor at Taiwan University in Formosa, welfare officer under the United Nations in Egypt and GC Study-Service Term leader in Jamaica. Gifts to the series by his students and friends have made the endowed lecture possible.

Past guest lecturers

2012 —
Luis Urrea, author, Naperville, Illinois
2011—
Julia Spicher Kasdorf, poet and author, BelleFonte, Pennsylvania

2010 —
Haven Kimmel, poet and author, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2010 —
Sandra M. Gilbert, poet and author, Berkeley, California
2008 —
Maurice Kilwein Guevara, poet, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2008 —
Brenda Cardenas, poet, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2008 —
Marilyn Nelson, poet, Connecticut
2007 —
Cornelius Eady, poet, Notre Dame, Indiana
2006 —
B. H. Fairchild, poet, Claremont, California
2004 —
Jean Janzen, poet, California
2003 —
Li-Young Lee, Chinese-American poet, Chicago, Ill.
2002 —
Sandra Birdsell, fiction, Saskatchewan, Canada
Patrick Friesen, poet, British Columbia, Canada
2001 —
Edwidge Danticat, fiction writer, Haiti/New York City, N.Y.
2000 —
Nick Lindsay, poet, Edisto Island, S.C.
1999 —
David Dabydeen, novelist & poet, England & Guyana
1998 —
Donald Hall, poet, New Hampshire
1997 —
Denise Levertov, poet, Seattle, Wash.
1996 —
Jane Tompkins, critic, Duke University
1995 —
Scott Russell Sanders, essayist, Bloomington, Ind.
1994 —
Rudy Wiebe, novelist, Alberta, Canada
1993 —
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, poet, Moscow
1993 —
Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, Chicago, Ill.
1992 —
Seamus Heaney, poet, Dublin, Ireland
1990 —
Joyce Campion, actress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1989 —
William Stafford, poet, Oregon
1988 —
Niyi Osundare, poet, Nigeria
1987 —
Robert Detweiler, scholar, Emory University
1986 —
Colleen J. McElroy, poet, University of Washington
1985 —
Garrison Keillor, humorist, Minnesota
1984 —
Madeleine L’Engle, fiction writer, New York City, N.Y.
1983 —
Peter Fallon, poet, County Meath, Ireland
1982 —
Jan Harold Brunvand, folklorist, University of Utah
1981 —
Quince Duncan, novelist, Costa Rica
1980 —
Eliot Wigginton, Foxfire editor, Appalachia
1979 —
Nuruddin Farah, novelist, Somalia
1978 —
Charles Forker, Shakespeare scholar, Indiana University
1977 —
Lucille Beachy, associate editor of Newsweek, N.J.
1976 —
Yorifumi Yaguchi, poet, Japan
1975 —
Rudy Wiebe, novelist, University of Alberta, Canada
1974 —
Tom Driver, critic, Union Theological Seminary
1973 —
Eugene Nida, linguist, American Bible Society
1972 —
Chad Walsh, poet, Beloit College