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

2014
Cahal Dallat and Anne-Marie Fyfe, poets, London, U.K.
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