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Legends of Simpson Lecture Series

Beloved former faculty and staff give guest lectures on a wide range of thought-provoking topics

The Legends of Simpson Lecture Series is back in 2023. Join us as five new legends invite you into their virtual classroom for compelling lectures.

Legends of Simpson

2023 Legends of Simpson Schedule

  • January 24, 2023 – John Sirianni
    The Value of Extra-Curricular Activities
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  • February 7, 2023 – Owen Duncan
    “The Past is a Foreign Country”: A Memoir
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  • February 21, 2023 – Jim Thorius
    Lessons in Leadership and Life Learned Through the Intersection of My Years as Dean and Flyfisher
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  • March 7, 2023 – John Kellogg
    The Situation at Simpson in the Late 70s and I Were Made For Each Other – The Chance of a Lifetime to Make a Difference
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  • March 21, 2023 – Nancy St. Clair
    Only Connect: An Exploration of the Forces That Weaken, If Not Undermine Completely, Our Need and Desire For Authentic Connection
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Former Simpson College Director of Athletics, Jonh Sirianni presents "The Value of Extra-Curricular Activities" 

Former Simpson College history professor, Owen Duncan presents "The Past is a Foreign Country": A Memoir 


2022 Legends of Simpson Lecture Series

Former religion professor, Jan Everhart presents "Say Her Name: The Story of Jarena Lee" 

Former chemistry and physics professor Ron Warnet presents "The Future of Science" 

Former professor Ev Laning presents "Campus Tales Untold: Another Take on the 'Whispering Maples' Reputation" 

Former professor Alan M presents "The Joy of..." 

 

2021 Legends of Simpson Lecture Series

Joe Moody presents "The Medal of Honor and Other Medals of Valor." Moody served as a biology professor from 1976-2002.

 

Fred Jones presents “Race and the Shackles of Tradition.” Jones was a staple of the department of sociology and criminal justice department for nearly 50 years, serving as a full-time faculty member from 1970-2017.

 

Dr. John Epperson presents “A More Perfect Union? The Electoral College in an Age of Polarization.” Epperson served as a professor of political science from 1977 until his retirement in 2019.

 

Pat Singer presents “My 40-Year Romp Through DNA.” Singer’s tenure as a professor of biology professor spanned 36 years from 1982-2018.

 

Bruce Haddox presents “The Liberal Arts in a Post-Truth Era.” Haddox began his Simpson career in 1969, serving in multiple roles before retiring in 2006. In addition to his stint as a professor of religion, Haddox also served as vice president of academic affairs and spent one year as acting President.