Lecture Series

Fall 2016

To register for lectures over the phone, please call (619) 260-4815.

A Foundation in Shakespeare: The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

Thursday, September 15, 10-11:30 am

What makes for great acting? The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive, two-year course of study in classical theatre. Accepting only 2% of applicants, it has become one of the most competitive graduate acting programs in the country. Join founding director of the program, Dr. David Hay, for a look into the program’s history, its structure, the benefits of being an acting company, and the unique aspects of Shakespeare that make his work a key component in training superb actors.


Creating the “Go To” College for the Military

Tuesday, September 20, 10-11:30 am

The University of San Diego is recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation for military-connected students to earn a degree.  The USD Military Program provides services for all of our military-connected students from initial consideration of higher education to post-graduation.  USD’s on-campus environment and culture allows for these students to be as successful as possible while working toward their academic goals. In keeping with the USD’s commitment to the community, the program also reaches outside of the campus to connect with, guide, and support other programs in support of our military population.  Join USD Veteran Student Services Coordinator, Derek Abbey, to learn about the nationally recognized efforts taking place at USD for our military.


Spirituality and Health: What Your Doctor Needs to Know

Tuesday, October 4, 10-11:30 am

Join Dr. Jillian Tullis for a discussion about spirituality and health, and how spirituality is enacted in medical settings. This lecture will explore the research about spirituality in a variety of healthcare settings, and provide participants with an opportunity to reflect upon their own beliefs and how those beliefs influence healthcare decisions. In addition, we will discuss strategies for communicating with healthcare practitioners and loved ones.


The Rarely Told Story of Women in Earliest Christianity

Wednesday, October 19, 10-11:30 am

Because of ancient patriarchal attitudes, most biblical and other contemporary sources give only brief glimpses of women’s perspectives and involvement. In the past few decades, however, due to expanded historical and archaeological approaches, much information about the earliest Christian women (and the men, too!) has been brought to light. Join Dr. Florence Gillman, professor of Theology and Religious Studies, for this vividly illustrated presentation about the early Christians who emerge for our consideration as vibrant, courageous people of their era who are fascinating to learn about.


You’re Not the Boss of Me: How Relationship Quality and Parental Behavior can Facilitate Toddler Cooperation

Wednesday, October 26, 10-11:30 am

For many parents, toddlerhood marks the beginning of countless struggles in getting young children to comply with parental requests. Join Dr. Molitor, USD professor of Psychology, as she shares her research on why some toddlers may be more compliant than others, and learn about parental strategies that can facilitate cooperation in young children.


Good Drones: Technology and Social Change

Tuesday, November 8, 10-11:30 am

The rise of new drone technology has sparked recent demands for regulation, and is transforming investigative journalism and human rights advocacy. Dr. Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, of the School of Peace Studies, has researched the use of drones for non-violent purposes, including social movements. Drawing on a background of research on social change and human rights, this lecture with the founder of the Good Drone Lab will focus on the current climate surrounding drones and include recommendations on future use of drones for the greater good.


For more information about the Bridges Academy Lecture Series, please call (619) 260-4815.

Contact Information

Bridges Academy
Degheri Alumni Center
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4523