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Lectures & Symposia

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Departments and centers in the College of Arts and Sciences offer a variety of lectures, seminars and colloquia. Here are some that are held on a regular basis:

Emerging Scholars Symposia

The Center for Material Culture Studies sponsors regular symposia and colloquia on topics related to material culture. The Emerging Scholars Symposia cover a different theme each year, bringing in some of the best young scholars from around the world.

Richard F. Heck Lectureship

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry created the Heck Lectureship in 2004 to recognize visionary leadership in the field of organometallic chemistry and to honor the contributions of Nobel Laureate Richard Heck, who delivered the inaugural lecture that year. Professor Heck retired from the University of Delaware faculty in 1989 as the Willis F. Harrington Professor Emeritus. He died in 2015.

Linguistics Colloquium

The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science offers the Linguistics Colloquium each semester, bringing national scholars to campus to present their latest research on language.


Mathematics Seminars and Colloquia

The Department of Mathematical Sciences holds regular series in such topics as applied mathematics and mathematical medicine and biology; numerical analysis; probability; and the Hallenbeck Graduate Student Seminar.


National Agenda and Global Agenda

National Agenda is a national affairs speaker series, held each fall semester, and supported by the departments of Communication and of Political Science and International Relations and the Center for Political Communication. Global Agenda is an annual international affairs speaker series, supported by the departments of Political Science and International Relations and of Communication and the Institute for Global Studies.


Norton Lectures

The Department of Philosophy hosts the David Norton Memorial Lectures, in honor of the late philosophy professor. The lectures present contemporary work by leading scholars and are accessible to the general University community.


James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship

The annual James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship honors the late Professor Soles, a member of the political science faculty for more than 34 years. The lecture also commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and is generally held on or near that anniversary date. 


If your department or center has a regular lecture series, please contact us to have it listed here. The listing must include a link to an online description of the lecture or seminar series.

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