Speaking of Culture

Topics you love, speakers you’ll remember

Speaking of Culture is a monthly series produced by MU’s Honor College for the enjoyment of the entire Columbia community. It features dynamic MU faculty and staff speaking enthrallingly and accessibly about a subject of great professional or personal significance, bringing a scholar’s infectious curiosity and perspective to a general audience.

Each talk takes place on the second Sunday of the month between September and April at Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, north of Walnut), beginning at 2:00pm and running approximately 45 minutes, with time reserved afterwards for questions, conversation, and mingling. The series is free and open to the public. Complimentary coffee and baked treats provided.

Support for Speaking of Culture is provided by Robert V. Duncan, Vice Chancellor for Research, and the College of Arts & Science.

The 2013–14 Series:

September 8th

Alexandra Socarides, Dept. of English

“Little House, Lady Liberty, and the Limitlessness of the Scholarly Imagination”


October 13th

Michael Budds, Dept. of Music

“Seven Ways to Think of Verdi: A Bicentennial Tribute”


November 10th

Arthur Mehrhoff, Museum of Art & Archeology

“Reflections on the Gateway Arch”


December 8th

Chip Callahan, Dept. of Religion

“‘Tis the Season: Considering American Wintertime Celebrations”


January 12th

James Van Dyke, Dept. of Art History

“’But Is It Good?’: Julia Roberts and the Cinematic Art Historian”


February 9th

Libby Cowgill, Dept. of Anthropology

“Mating Matters: A Valentine’s Day Primer on Human Coupling”


March 9th

Nancy West, Director of the Honors College

“Shades of Sherlock: Film and TV Versions of Literature’s Most Famous Detective”


April 13th

Gabriel Fried, Dept. of English

“Hitting Home: A Talk on Poetry & Baseball”