The Department hosts regular lectures on topics of academic and public importance. These formal lectures bring internationally-recognized scholars to campus to present to students, faculty, and the local community. Expenses associated with our lectures can run as much as $2,500. Contributions of any amount help support these lectures and offer ways to enrich the classroom experience. The Department sponsors three lecture series:
- The James J. Bradac Lecture, inaugurated in 2004, is presented in honor of a distinguished scholar and former Department Chair. The annual lecture focuses on health and
- interpersonal relations and the talk is published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, a journal that Professor Bradac co-edited.
- The Steven H. Chaffee Lecture, inaugurated in 2006, supports a lecture on media and political communication every other year. Professor Chaffee was the first Arthur N. Rupe Chair and this event honors his career and contributions to the Department.
- The Lambda Pi Eta Choice Lecture is an annual lecture sponsored by the department’s official honor society. Officers of the society select a distinguished scholar to bring to campus for this important event.