Enduring Questions


Enduring Questions: The 2013-2014 Mark Collier Lecture Series

American Mythology: Unmasking Truth & Lies

Land of the Free; Give Me Your Tired Poor, Huddled Masses; Land of Opportunity; Liberty and Justice for All

  • Are such virtuous depictions reflective of our nation’s past, present and future? 
  • Have we been true to our founding commitment to rectify injustice and barriers leading to economic, social and educational equality?
  • Or is the American dream really a myth?
  • Our speakers will challenge you to be an agent of change as they share provocative commentary, personal narrative and an unwavering spirit of determination.


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Julianne Malveaux

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

8:00 p.m., Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 E. Bagley Rd.

A voice of vision whose prolific writing and intellectual dialog on race, culture and gender is shaping 21st century America, Julieanne Malveaux brings a profound and progressive perspective to today’s economic issues. She has been featured in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine and the Progressive. Her weekly columns have run in newspapers nationwide and she has had multiple appearances on CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, among others. She served as President of Bennett College, America's oldest historically black college for women, and was hailed as "the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country" by Cornel West. 

Kyle Maynard

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

8:00 p.m., Kulas Musical Arts Bldg., 96 Front St.

World-class athlete and best-selling author of No Excuses, Kyle Maynard never considered his physical differences to be a “disability” but rather an obstacle to be conquered. Maynard, a quadruple congenital amputee, brings passion and grit to everything he does. An award-winning life role model, motivational speaker and humanitarian, he inspires others through his own experiences that range from contact sports to helping wounded soldiers to crawling to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He is the recipient of two ESPY Awards and is an inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, among other top accolades. (Co-sponsored by the Division of Student AffairsCollege 101)

Michelle Alexander

Thursday, January 23, 2014

8:00 p.m., Kleist Center for Art & Drama95 E. Bagley Rd.

An acclaimed civil rights lawyer and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander exposes with bold candor racial injustice in the criminal justice system. Author of The New York Times best selling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, she asserts the U.S. “War on Drugs” is a primary tool for enforcing traditional as well as new modes of discrimination and repression of African-American men and others. She has appeared on national radio and television, and is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award for "outstanding literary work of non-fiction." (Co-sponsored by the MLK Week Committee)


Stephen Prothero

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

8:00 p.m., Kulas Musical Arts Bldg., 96 Front St.

Addressing some of the most highly charged issues of our time with the premise that religious ignorance is not bliss, Stephen Prothero sparks intellectual dialog among scholars and laypeople alike. A best-selling author whose work has inspired a Time cover story and landed him on national media and as a speaker at the White House, he advocates for mandatory academic study of world religions in public schools. He believes the sooner we understand the differences between religions, the more we can learn how to achieve religious tolerance and co-existence. (Co-sponsored by the Faith & Life Lecture Series)



The Baldwin Wallace University Core Curriculum centers on a common course entitled LAS 200 "Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World." This course encourages us to wrestle with the timeless questions that unite humanity:

  • What does it mean to be a human being?

  • How do human beings relate to each other? 

  • How do human beings relate to the natural world?

The Series was established in 2006 in honor of Dr. Mark Collier, President of Baldwin Wallace University from 1999-2006, and represents an on-going commitment from the University to bring acclaimed speakers to campus to extend the conversation beyond the classroom. 

The 2013-2014 Enduring Questions Lecture Series is sponsored by the Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES), the Office of Core Curriculum,  the Office of Diversity Affairs, the MLK Week Committee and the Enduring Questions: Mark Collier Lecture Series Endowment.







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