Lecture Series

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to 130-plus talented, full-time faculty member, many of whom enjoy national and even international reputations.  Established in 2012, this lecture series provides an excellent venue to draw attention to and celebrate our professors' professional expertise and their outstanding scholarly and creative work.  This lecture series also creates a regular and exciting opportunity to publicly disseminate scholarly knowledge and creative insights to students, faculty, staff and members of the greater community.  Furthermore, it holds the potential to spark new ideas, forge fruitful collaborations and promote continuing inquiry and dialogue on a range of compelling issues in the humanities, social sciences, natural and computational sciences and mathematics.  As a result, the lecture series serves to highlight the enduring and transformative value of liberal arts and sciences at Bradley University and beyond.

Upcoming Lecture:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Westlake Hall, Room 116

7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Lecture featuring Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Mat Timm

Big Data, Geometry and Algebra:  Modeling Complexity in Financial Networks

Big data is a broad term for data sets so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate.  Dr. Timm will discuss how the practical application of mathematical techniques can be used to analyze large data sets.  His research investigates the behavior of the stock market and other financial networks.  His recent findings have shown how persistent homology theory techniques can be used to measure complexity in these networks.

This lecture is free, intended for the general public and proudly co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI).  Open and curious minds are welcomed.

Previous Lectures:

"Faculty Reflections: If You Remembered Nothing Else..."

Video: 1:11:58

""Floods," "Invaders" and "Parasites": The Rise of Right-Wing Populism and Immigration Threat Narratives in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia"
Dr. Jackie Hogan

Video: 1:12:36

"Putting Your LAS Degree to Work"

Video: 1:06:25

"Poetry in the Public Sphere"
Kevin Stein

Video: 1:17:01

"Hiding a Gigaton of Carbon: The Role of Soils in a Changing Climate"
Dr. Sherri Morris

Video: 50:53

"The Antibiotic Crisis: Is the End of the Antibiotic Era Near?"
Dr. Brad Andersh

Video: 40:24

"Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom"
Dr. Emily Gill

Video: 39:42

"Viewing Religion Through the Lens of the Liberal Arts and Sciences"
Dr. Robert Fuller

Video: 1:16:20

"So You Want to be a Writer? A Reading and Conversation on the Craft of Fiction"
Dr. Devin Murphy

Video: 1:12:43

"Loving Yourself, Loving Others, and Loving the One You're With"
Dr. David Schmitt

Video: 49:06

"Can Art Do Anything Great?"
Dr. Michael Greene

Video: 1:46:22