College-wide Lecture Series

Event sign-up instructions

  1. Visit the events calendar
  2. Scroll down and locate the event you want to attend (listed in order of occurrence)
  3. Click on the title of the event
  4. Scroll down until you find “Dial-in Information”
  5. Click on the registration link or follow the meeting code and password instructions at the time of the event

Events Calendar

Lecture series descriptions

Find out more about the different series organized by department or program. Please visit the events calendar for full descriptions of individual events with registration information and attendance links. All events for the 2021 season are virtual unless otherwise noted.

  • Artist Lecture Series - Department of Art

    The MFA program within the Department of Art presents the "Artist Lecture Series." Six guest artists have been invited to speak to virtual audiences throughout the spring 2021 semester. Registration is required for these free talks. If you have any questions, please contact Miya Hannan.

    This event has been made possible with the support of the Department of Art Nieder Endowment, the School of the Arts Artist Lecture Funding and the College of Liberal Arts Hilliard Endowment.

    Attend an artist lecture

  • Core Humanities Speakers Series

    The Core Humanities Speakers Series brings together scholars from across the country to share their research and expertise with Core Humanities students as well as members of the broader University of Nevada, Reno community. Each event focuses on a single theme, which connects to a specific Core Humanities course. These connections ensure that the event will be a useful resource for Core Humanities students – both during this semester and in future – while simultaneously bringing in new voices and ideas to the larger university community.

    In Spring 2021, there will be four events, which cover topics ranging from the role of women in the Middle Ages to laughter in contemporary films. All of the events will be presented virtually, and they are free and open to the public.

    Attend a core humanities lecture

  • Thought on Tap - Core Humanities

    The Core Humanities program at the University of Nevada, Reno is in its third season of "Thought on Tap" — a public engagement series that brings together diverse faculty, staff, students and community members for important conversations around timely topics.

    "Thought on Tap" is held on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. The event is held online and is free and open to the public.

    Each year is based on a different theme. The theme for 2021 is "Building Legacies of …"

    For more information, visit Thought on Tap.

  • History in the Present - Department of History

    “History in the Present” is a monthly webinar series hosted by the Department of History that historicizes current events, shares cutting-edge research, and aims to promote dialogue on issues of interest between the University and the broader community. As historians, we work across disciplines and collaborate with a broad range of people outside of the University. Thus, in addition to history faculty, museum curators, NGO leaders and experts on the environment and human rights will also be presenting in this webinar series. The event is held on the first Wednesday of each month at noon, via Zoom, and will provide ample time for question and answer.

    Attend a history lecture

  • Second Tuesdays - Department of Political Science

    The Department of Political Science is pleased to present “Second Tuesdays with Political Science,” a webinar series.

    The series features guest panelists each month who will provide perspective on the momentous political and social events of the current environment.

    Participants have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions ahead of time by emailing political science. Questions during the panels may be submitted through the online chat function.

    Attend a political science lecture

  • Performing Arts Series - School of the Arts

    The School of the Arts hosts the "Performing Arts Series" - an ongoing season of exceptional guest performing artists from all over the world. Each season features unique, eclectic and diverse singers, dancers and musicians. For more information visit the Performing Arts Series.

  • Socializing with Sociologists - Department of Sociology

    The Department of Sociology is hosting a weekly series geared towards students.

    “Socializing with Sociologists” features a new host each week to discuss current events, help students tackle tough applications, work on mental health and sometimes just to have fun playing games.

    Attend a sociology lecture

2021 series

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the events calendar ( Event information listed here may not be current.

2021 series
Date Time Event Name Featuring Host Department
2/1 5:30 p.m. Socializing with a Sociologist: Zoom Games Vadricka Etienne, Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and Sociology and Marta Elliott, Department Chair; Professor of Sociology Sociology
2/3 12:00 p.m. Magicians, Circuses, Gangsters, the Great Migration, and the Secret Show Business Roots of Black Muslims in America. Jacob Dorman, Associate Professor of History and Core Humanities History
2/8 5:30 p.m. Improving Health Care Access and Affordability in Nevada: Prospects for State and Federal Reform in 2021 John Packham, Associate Dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives in the School of Medicine Sociology
2/9 4:00 p.m. Criminal Governance in the COVID-19 Era Laura Blume, Moderator, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Nevada, Reno Political Science
2/11 5:30 p.m. Building Legacies of Equity in Education TBA Core Humanities
2/15 5:30 p.m. Mindfulness Meditation Theresa Skaar Sociology
2/16 6:00 p.m. Siobhan Arnold Hosted by Inge Bruggeman, Associate Professor of Art Art
2/22 5:30 p.m. Black Lives Matter and Social Protesting in a Pandemic Prisca Gayles, Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and Sociology Sociology
2/25 5:30 p.m. Medieval America: Feudalism and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Culture Hosted by Stephen Pasqualina, Postdoctoral Fellow Core Humanities
2/25 6:00 p.m. Goitse Goitse Performing Arts Series
3/1 5:30 p.m. Tracking the Global Pandemic Markus Kemmelmeier, Professor; Director of the Social Psychology Program Sociology
3/2 6:00 p.m. Tim Musso Hosted by Eunkang Koh, Associate Professor of Art Art
3/3 12:00 p.m. The Ongoing Ethical Debate on Looted Nazi and Holocaust-Era Books in the United States Jamie McSpadden, Assistant Professor of History History
3/8 5:30 p.m. Strategies for Success with Remote Learning Clayton Peoples, Director, School of Social Research and Justice Studies Sociology
3/11 5:30 p.m. Building Legacies of Health and Healing TBA Core Humanities
3/15 5:30 p.m. Karaoke Jared Bok, Assistant Professor of Sociology Sociology
3/16 5:00 p.m. Deirdre Murphy Hosted by Vivian Zavataro, Director of the Lilley Museum Art
3/22 5:30 p.m. Appearance and Inequality Kjerstin Gruys, Assistant Professor of Sociology Sociology
3/25 5:30 p.m. Cooking in Wartime: Venu Chitale, India, and WWII Sejal Sutaria (Grinnell College) Core Humanities
3/25 6:00 p.m. Sweet Honey In The Rock Sweet Honey In The Rock Performing Arts Series
3/29 5:30 p.m. Maintaining Health and Well-Being in Social Isolation Marta Elliott, Department Chair; Professor Sociology
3/30 6:00 p.m. John Halaka Hosted by Tracy Fish, Assistant Professor of Art Art
4/5 5:30 p.m. Applying to Graduate or Professional School Berch Berberoglu, Foundation Professor of Sociology and Johnson Makoba, Professor of Sociology Sociology
4/7 12:00 p.m. The Donner Party: A Tragedy in Snow and Stone Sarah Keyes, Assistant Professor of History History
4/8 5:30 p.m. Building Legacies of Activism and Social Justice TBA Core Humanities
4/12 5:30 p.m. LGBTQ+ Social Justice Issues Nancy Kelley Sociology
4/13 6:00 p.m. Geraldine Ondrizek Hosted by Tyler Brownlow-Calkin, Assistant Professor of Art
4/19 5:30 p.m. Sex and Dating during the Global Pandemic Mariah Evans, Professor of Sociology Sociology
4/22 6:00 p.m. Michael Mayo Michael Mayo Performing Arts Series
4/26 5:30 p.m. Will You Be the First in Your Family to Earn a University Degree? Tips and Experiences of First-Generation Students Colleen Murray, Professor of Sociology and Jordan Reuter, Lecturer of Sociology Sociology
4/27 6:00 p.m. Norihiko Seto Hosted by Tamara Scronce, Director of the School of the Arts Art
4/29 5:30 p.m. Three Laughs Maggie Hennefeld (University of Minnesota), Professor Danielle Morgan (Santa Clara University), and Professor Anca Parvulescu (Washington University) Core Humanities
5/3 5:30 p.m. Careers for Students with BA degrees in Sociology, Cheryl Maes, Undergraduate Sociology Advisor and Marta Elliott, Department Chair; Professor of Sociology Sociology
5/5 12:00 p.m. Anti-Semitism and Belonging: the Jewish Experience in America Dennis Dworkin, Department Chair; Professor of History History
5/13 5:30 p.m. Building Legacies of Economic Empowerment TBA Core Humanities
6/2 12:00 p.m. Scarcity and Excess: Food Security in China James Harkness, Country Representative, China, National Geographic History
7/7 12:00 p.m. TBA Connie Wolf, Museum Curator, Arts, Non-profit leader History
9/1 12:00 p.m. Nevada Stories: Film Shorts from Shared History Chris von Nagy, Head, Shared History Program History
10/6 12:00 p.m. AIDS is Not Over: Historicizing the Pandemic Emily Hobson, Associate Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and History History
11/3 12:00 p.m. Humanitarian Aid in Conflict Environments: Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Nagorno-Karabakh Kevin Hartigan, Regional Director for Asia, CRS (Catholic Relief Services) History
12/1 12:00 p.m. Eurasian Globalizations: Why did Chinggis Khan Decree in the Language of Jesus? Hugh Shapiro, Associate Professor of History History