Nominations for lectures and honorary degrees
Please email your nominations for the Ruth Winter lecture, Oppenheimer lecture, and commencement honorary degree recipients to Liz Libby.
I write to ask for your nominations for the Ruth Winter lecture, Oppenheimer lecture, and commencement honorary degree recipients for the 2017-18 school year and beyond. Here is a word about each type of event:
*Ruth Winter Lecture (typically held in spring): This lecture honors the memory of Ruth Winter, long-time director of student activities at the College, who brought such speakers as Martin Luther King and Dag Hammarskjold to campus in the 1960s. Funding for this lecture is relatively limited, so we would like to focus on Chicago-area speakers in order to limit travel costs. In the spirit of Ruth Winter, this lecture typically features a person who is “engaged in the community” – politically, socially, culturally, etc.
*Oppenheimer Lecture (typically held the Thursday before Homecoming and Family Weekend): In their initial bequest, the Oppenheimer family designated a number of broad areas of interest, including history, science, mathematics, astronomy, capitalism, world trade, and humor. We recently received increased funding from the Oppenheimer family and so can envision inviting a nationally known speaker with a high profile. Last year’s Oppenheimer lecture featured Temple Grandin, large animal veterinarian and animal welfare advocate. We are taking a year off this fall, so nominations in this category will be invited to be the 2018 Oppenheimer lecturer.
*Honorary Degree Recipients: As is custom, the College will award up to three honorary doctorates to persons of high achievement and distinction. One of these will be asked to deliver the commencement address. In recent years, we have honored people in the fields of law, natural science, theater, literature, journalism, public service, and more.
Please email your nominations for individuals for any or all of these events to me along with a brief bio sketch and rationale for why the person(s) nominated would be a good selection for the particular honor. Special consideration will be given to nominees with whom we have a personal connection, so if you have such a connection, indicate so in the email.
Thanks, everyone, and good luck with the rest of the semester.