Selection of speakers for the Lecture Series is a multi-faceted and collaborative process. Potential speakers are suggested by individual members of the faculty, staff and students, as well as by campus committees, specifically the Major Events Committee and the Summer Reading Program Committee. Final decisions on the selection of speakers are the responsibility of the President and the Major Events Committee.
Possible speakers are evaluated on numerous factors, including their
- relevance to the annual College theme
- international or national prominence and accomplishments in their field or discipline, or their leadership within relevant groups or associations that connect with the theme
- affordability and availability
- contribution to a balanced examination of the theme
Political or religious affiliation is not a factor in the selection unless these affiliations are directly relevant to the College theme. Gender is not a factor except for the “Woman of Achievement” event each spring. The first speaker in the Series will demonstrate a strong connection to the book that is selected for the Summer Reading Program. The second speaker will be scheduled in or around February each year to enhance the celebration of the College’s Founders’ Day. The third speaker will be scheduled to coincide with the College’s annual celebration of Student Achievement in April; she will be designated as the College’s Woman of Achievement. The Speaker Series funds do not cover speaker costs associated with the College’s commencements, convocations, or other lectures, performances or events. Only the President of the College or her designee may extend an invitation or offer, or commit contractually to a Speaker.