Goals of Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series
The goal of Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series is to foster an environment where faculty, staff, students, and community members can learn, share, and explore issues which have global implications in terms of how we perceive, interact, and live with those around us. Renowned speakers and experts from across a range of academic disciplines will lend their expertise through public lectures, small group discussions and/or classroom visits. The Series serves as a tangible reflection of the spirit of common inquiry among students, faculty and staff that establishes BW as a vibrant learning community and a place where members of the greater Cleveland area are welcome to engage in this process with us.
Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series is based on the recognition that a strong liberal arts education that prepares students well for their personal and professional futures should introduce them to the fundamental, timeless questions of humanity, enliven their curiosity about these questions, and provide them the skills to discuss them in meaningful and substantive ways. Accordingly, the themes of the lecture series focus on the enduring questions: What is human nature? How do humans relate to each other? How do humans relate to the natural and spiritual world? How do societies, through their practices and policies, cultures and customs, address them? And what is our role and responsibility to make our work better and more humane by the the way we respond to each other, as well as to natural and spiritual occurrences? These are the kinds of questions that challenge all of us to contemplate who we are, and how we relate to others, and to the environment in which we live.
Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series was established in honor of Dr. Mark Collier, President of Baldwin Wallace University from 1999-2006.