Annual Lecture Series and Conferences:
Martin Luther King Jr. All-Campus Study Day annually brings to campus outstanding civil rights leaders who share Dr. King’s vision for peace and justice. Past speakers have included Yolanda King, Vinie Burrows, Herma Williams and Bill Pannell.
The Eric Yake Kenagy Visting Artist Program annually brings a distinguished visual artist to campus for lectures, workshops and interaction with students. Past artists have included Paul Soldner, Ruth Weisburg, Robert Blackburn, Jaune Quick-toSee Smith and Mary Ellen Mark.
The S.A. Yoder Memorial Lecture annually brings a distinguished poet, novelist, essayist or humorist to campus. Past writers have included Denise Levertov, Peter Fallon, Madeleine L’Engle, Garrison Keillor, William Stafford, Seamus Heaney, Gwendolyn Brooks and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
The annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest invites students to compete by delivering an 8- to 10-minute speech on their chosen topic relating to peace, in a universal or specific context, including war and violence, political policies, agencies of justice and peace, peacemaking strategies or current events. The addresses are judged on originality, the integration of topic and a peace position and general standards of delivery. Participants compete for cash prizes and the top winner may enter the U.S./Canada Mennonite Central Committee-sponsored C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.
The annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science brings a highly respected scholar, active in the religion and science dialog, to campus for a series of lectures. Two of the lectures are free and open to the public. Conference participants engage the scholar in smaller settings. Scholars have included Nancey Murphy and George Ellis. Students are encouraged to register for the conference at a reduced rate. Each year there is a students-only session with the speaker.
The Roy H. Umble Master Class brings nationally known practitioners and experts in communication and theater to the Goshen College campus annually for events and activities which enrich and inspire students, faculty, the broader campus and local and church communities.
The Goshen College Piano Workshop and Academy comprises lectures, master classes and recital performances presented by distinguished clinicians, composers and performers. Teachers participating in the workshop hear inspiring lectures relevant to piano pedagogy, performance and literature. Students enrolled in the academy participate in small group lessons with our artist faculty, practice time and other sessions concerning a variety of topics geared toward the development of student pianists. Teachers and students meet together for student recitals, master classes and evening concerts. This intensive four-day musical extravaganza concludes with a concert devoted to newly learned piano duets and two piano pieces presented by the Academy pianists, as well as a premier of a new work commissioned for this event by a guest composer.
Lectures and discussions in the Science Speaker Series are free and open to the public. While the speakers are often talking about the latest research in their fields, the goal is to make the ideas accessible to all scientifically literate people.
The Grief Seminar, sponsored by the Goshen College Social Work Department and Ryan’s Place, is for attendees to learn how to work with families who are experiencing loss and grief for a variety of reasons, learn about resource materials, establish a network of personal connections and provide hope in time of loss.
The Frank and Betty Jo Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Series, an endowed lectureship, was created for Goshen College in 1978 by Frank (1917-1996) and Betty Jo Yoder of Goshen with the goal of enabling faculty, students and community to hear well known speakers address current issues. Each year experts from a wide variety of fields and vocations visit campus. Speakers have included Frances Moore Lappe, Ralph Nader, Juan Williams, C. Everett Koop, Elizabeth Arnold, Peggy Wehmeyer, Ray Suarez, Mark Hatfield and Dorothy F. Cotton.
The C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture is given annually on a peace-related theme by a faculty member of colleges related to Mennonite churches.