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:
Alexandra Socarides, Dept. of English
“Little House, Lady Liberty, and the Limitlessness of the Scholarly Imagination”
Michael Budds, Dept. of Music
“Seven Ways to Think of Verdi: A Bicentennial Tribute”
Arthur Mehrhoff, Museum of Art & Archeology
“Reflections on the Gateway Arch”
Chip Callahan, Dept. of Religion
“‘Tis the Season: Considering American Wintertime Celebrations”
James Van Dyke, Dept. of Art History
“’But Is It Good?’: Julia Roberts and the Cinematic Art Historian”
Libby Cowgill, Dept. of Anthropology
“Mating Matters: A Valentine’s Day Primer on Human Coupling”
Nancy West, Director of the Honors College
“Shades of Sherlock: Film and TV Versions of Literature’s Most Famous Detective”
Gabriel Fried, Dept. of English
“Hitting Home: A Talk on Poetry & Baseball”