For nearly 40 years, Lawrence University has sponsored a program of informative luncheon lectures for the Fox Valley community. Known as “Lunch at Lawrence,” these gatherings provide an informal opportunity to hear from a diverse group of Lawrence faculty and distinguished visiting faculty on a wide range of issues and topics.

All lunch programs are held on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. in the Warch Campus Center. The cost of each luncheon is $14.50 and advance registration and payment is required. To register online, click the link below the individual program descriptions. For more information, please call 920-832-7019.

2015-2016 Schedule

Friday, October 9, 2015

Kate Frost — student success coordinator

"Mindset, Motivation and Mastery: Using Current Success Theory to Improve Your Life at Any Stage"
Is it possible to develop intelligence, talent or capability? Or are we born with a certain amount of each which we must then manage the best we can?  Using theories developed by a Stanford researcher, Kate Frost discusses how we view failure affects our ability to continue to grow and achieve at any age.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Peter Peregrine — professor of anthropology

“Lawrence Interment Discovery Service: We See Dead People”
As communities expand in to rural Wisconsin, the identification and protection of old cemeteries has become a growing problem. Lawrence has acquired technology that can “see” under the soil to find unmarked graves and map old cemeteries. Lawrence students regularly work with area churches and communities to help locate unmarked graves and cemeteries. Peter Peregrine will reveal the secrets of how they do it.

Register online for this event before November 5 by clicking here.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Copeland Woodruff — director of opera studies and associate professor of music

“The Forgotten Member of the Cast: The Audience”
Copeland Woodruff explores the various roles the audience can play in a live theatrical event: spectator, witness, accomplice, jury, judge, voyeur and others. What do we bring to the experience? How can we be more involved than just being entertained?

Register online for this event after November 14 by clicking here.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Hillary Caruthers — assistant professor of economics

“Global Poverty in the 21st Century: How do more than 1 billion humans survive on less than a dollar a day?”
What can we learn from the livelihood strategies employed by the poor, who often find ingenuous ways to get by, but remain severely constrained by their circumstances? What implications does this have for public policy? Hillary Caruthers examines the day-to-day challenges of living below the global poverty line and explores how insights and innovations in the field of development economics are combating global poverty.

Register online for this event after February 13 by clicking here.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Deanna Donohoue — assistant professor of chemistry

“It's Not All CO2: Gases in the Atmosphere and What They Tells us About the Environment”
While we hear almost daily about CO2 emissions and their impact on the planet, the world is seeing dramatic changes in the number of chemicals in the atmosphere. What are the impacts of some of these other gases and how are they changing? Deana Donohoue examines the important trace gases in the atmosphere, their effects on climate, smog and other health issues and how these effects might be changing the planet.

Register online for this event after March 12 by clicking here.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Mark Jenike — associate professor of anthropology

"Nobel Conference 2015 — The Science and Experience of Addiction"
Addiction permeates our society. But what does it mean to be addicted to alcohol, heroin, food, the Internet or something else? What treatment options are available? What are the public policy implications? Mark Jenike highlights the most interesting, surprising and compelling answers given to these questions by presenters at the 2015 Nobel Conference, which was attended by Fox Cities’ students, educators and civic leaders.

Register online for this event after April 9 by clicking here.

The Archive

Check out an archive of previous Lunch at Lawrence presentations from 1993 to 2015.

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