2021-22 Schaefer Lecture Series

Sep. 29, 2021 by WebMaster

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The Concordia University Texas Schaefer Lecture series is designed to inspire an appreciation for literature and the possibilities which the study of literature creates for us to make new observations and discoveries about the world and issues among the general student population, campus community, and wider local community.

The Schaefer Lecture Series invites participants to consider the role of literature and the written word within society and culture.

Dr. Gregory Coleman, an assistant professor of English, is the current Otto W. and Norma L. Schaefer Endowed Chair in Literature.

This year’s series continues the longstanding tradition and commitment of the English Department to bring to campus a diverse group of distinguished speakers, which represent a wide array of specializations and writing styles — from traditional literary analysis to journalism — to share and discuss their work with the CTX community. Likewise, building on past series, this series furthers the effort of the English Department to feature diverse voices and diverse topics, thus partly fulfilling the English Department’s mission to “cultivate empathy and compassion through a study of literature by authors from diverse backgrounds,” as well as “prepare students for leadership roles by emphasizing the power of printed texts to create, illuminate, unite, and resolve conflicting ideas.”

The Schaefer Lecture Series is an invitation to fully engage in the liberal arts education process which is about active participation and exploration.

2021 Schaefer Lecture Series

Below is a tentative schedule of the 2021-22 Schaefer Lecture Series.

Virtual options are available for Concordia's online students and alumni who live outside of Austin, Texas. If you're unable to attend the event in person, please complete the Schaefer Lecture Virtual Attendance Registration Form for remote access.

Reminder: Face masks are required. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, including any respiratory symptoms or are feeling unwell in any way, you should not attend the event to minimize the risk of exposure for members of the community.

Dr. Leah Arreguin

Day: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Black Box Theater

Dr. Leah Arreguin will read a portion of her dissertation project, "Voices from Borderlands Theater: Activism, Resilience, and Community Engagement." She may be joined by guests from the local theatre troupe Teatro Vivo.

Dr. Jeffrey Utzinger

Day: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel (tentative)

Dr. Jeffrey Utzinger is the dean of Teaching & Learning at Concordia University Texas. He will present on the autobiography of William Apess, "A Son of the Forest: the Experience of William Apes, a Native of the Forest."

Dr. Layton Revel

Day: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel

Dr. Layton Revel will talk about his role in the development of the Center for Negro League Baseball Research.

Elizabeth Trovall

Day: Monday, February 21, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel

Elizabeth Trovall is an immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle. She will read and discuss portions of her published work from her larger body of work.

Dr. Rachel Jessica Daniel

Day: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel

Dr. Rachel Jessica Daniel is an associate professor of English at Massasoit Community College. She will share insights from her recent book project on the 1977 National Women's Conference, centered around the topic "Coretta Scott King: Icon as Activist."

Dr. Ajuan Mance

Day: April 8, 2022
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Dr. Ajuan Mance will speak about the topic "Inventing Black Women: African American Poets and Self-Representation."

For more information about the Schaefer Lecture Series, please contact Dr. Gregory Coleman.


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