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 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.

2014-2015 Schedule

Friday, October 10, 2014

Carl Rath ’75 — instructor, Conservatory of Music

“How Sgt. Pepper Taught the World to Play”
It was 50 years ago this year that the world of popular music was changed forever by a band of amateur musicians from Liverpool, England. The Beatles dominated the record charts and through their uneducated creative talent, broke down musical and societal prejudices against rock music and culture, influencing thousands of musicians worldwide and helping to establish rock music as a legitimate genre of popular music.

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Helen Boyd Kramer — lecturer of gender studies

“How Marriage Changed: Gay Rights and Same Sex Marriage”
In the summer of 2014, Wisconsin’s Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional, such as with many other DOMAs across the U.S. The ruling reflects a change in both the culture and definition of marriage. Helen Boyd Kramer will explore how and why the gay rights movement “chose” marriage as a key civil right and how the changes in marriage set the stage for this significant shift.

Register online for this event after October 10 by clicking here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Samantha George  — associate professor of music

"A Lawrence Conservatory Treasure: The Andrea Guarneri Violin"

Why are some violins more valuable and more beautiful than others? Why are violins so expensive? What makes a great violin? Samantha George will address these questions and demonstrate the differences by playing a Baroque violin, her own old Italian violin, a contemporary violin and Lawrence University's prized Guarneri.

Register online for this event after November 21 by clicking here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Matt Ansfield — associate professor of psychology

“Living the ‘Good Life’:  The Psychology of Happiness and Well-being”
A recent movement in the field of psychology focuses on the factors related to happiness, satisfaction with life and well-being. Professor Ansfield will elucidate the current research that explores the keys to living “the good life” and what people can do to maximize their feelings of happiness and well-being throughout their lives.

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

Friday, April 10, 2015

Peter Thomas — associate professor of Russian Studies

“Pushkin, Putin, and Pussy Riot: Observations on the Idea of Freedom in Russian Culture”
Western observers often define Russian culture in terms of obedience to monolithic authority and isolated moments of courageous dissidence.  The real story is considerably more nuanced.  Professor Thomas will explore the long and heated debate among Russians about the meaning and value of freedom.

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

Friday, May 8, 2015

Beth Zinsli ’02 — curator and director of the Wriston Art Center Galleries

“Havana Through the Lens: Abelardo Morell’s ‘Camera Obscura’ Photographs”
Contemporary Cuban-American photographer Abelardo Morell (b. 1948, Havana, Cuba) explores his own exile from Cuba through his camera obscura photographs. Beth Zinsli discusses Morell’s use of the centuries-old camera obscura image-making technology and his evocative photographs of the city of Havana and elsewhere.

Register online for this event after April 10 by clicking here.

The Archive

Check out an archive of previous Lunch at Lawrence presentations from 1993 to 2014.

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