S.A. Yoder Memorial Lecture Series

The S.A. Yoder Lecture Series honors Dr. Samuel A. Yoder, a professor at Goshen College 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, friends, and family have made the endowed lecture possible.

Past guest lecturers

2014 — Jeff Gundy, poet and author, Bluffton, Ohio
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