Illume Speaker Series

The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts heart of the University of San Diego. Our students and faculty exemplify the power, vitality and value of a liberal arts and sciences education every day. To champion the tradition and future of the artes liberales, we have created the Illume Speaker Series featuring our own renowned faculty scholars, invited thought-leaders and prominent public figures to advance the liberal arts on our campus and inspire lifelong learning in our surrounding communities.


2018-19 Schedule

Fall 2018

 

Knapp Lecture Series

“Troubling Memorials: Disgraced Monuments in America”

Erika Doss, PhD, 2018 Knapp Chair

Monday, September 10 at 6 p.m.

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 College Lecture Series

“You Don’t Own Me: How a Decadelong Court Battle Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side and How Society Creates and Control Culture”

Orly Lobel, SJD

Don Weckstein Professor, Labor and Employment Law

Monday, September 17 at 6 p.m.

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 Illume Special Guest

“Change Your Mind First: College and the Urge to Save the World”

William Deresiewicz

Wednesday, September 26 at 6 p.m.

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 Illume Special Guest

Hank Green, Author

Thursday, October 4, 2018

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 Knapp Lecture Series

“Fracking and Trafficking: Making the Connections Between Climate Change and Prostitution”

Melissa Farley, PhD, 2018 Knapp Chair

Monday, October 8 at 6 p.m.

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 Illume Special Guest

Jodi Picoult, Author

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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College Lecture Series

“Dissonance and the Rejection of Modern Music”

Chris Adler, PhD

Chair and Professor, Music

Monday, October 15 at 6 p.m.

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 College Lecture Series

“Rethinking Wilderness”

Mark Woods, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Monday, November 12 at 6 p.m.

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Illume Special Guest

Liane Moriarty, Author

Friday, November 16, 2018

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Illume Special Guest

“The Evil of Banality: On the Life and Death Importance of Thinking”

Elizabeth Minnich, PhD

Monday, December 10 at 6 p.m.

 

Spring 2019

 

Knapp Lecture

“Neuroethics: Is It Right to Control the Mind?”

Linda Boland, PhD, 2019 Knapp Chair

Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m.

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 Illume Special Guest

“Strangers, Neighbors, Friends”

Kelly James Clark, PhD

Monday, February 18 at 6 p.m.

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 Illume Special Guest

“Culture Care in the Age of Culture Wars”

Makoto Fujimura

Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m.

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 Illume Special Guest

Gretchen Rubin, author

Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

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 Illume Special Guest

Marlon James, author

Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

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 College Lecture

“Sleep, Unpredictability and Behavioral Choice: You Are Not the Only One with Problems”

Divya Sitaraman, PhD

Assistant Professor of psychological sciences

Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m.


 

  • 2017-18 Speakers
  • 2016-17 Speakers