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A full list of events for Lunch Lectures and Civil Discourse Debates can be found below Upcoming Events.



Lunch Event Series

  • Thursday, January 18: Welcome Back Lunch with Peer Mentors
  • Thursday, January 25: Erik Dempsey, ***
  • Thursday, February 1: Bill Walker, The Nihilism of Jesus and Buddhism According to Nietzsche
  • Thursday, February 8: Special Book Club Event--Discussion of Odes of John Keats
  • Thursday, February 15: Alumni Panel
  • Thursday, February 22: Abby Staysa, On Aristotle
  • Thursday, February 29:  Clifford Orwin, topic TBD
  • Tuesday, March 5: Texas Primary Event
  • March 14 Spring break
  • Tuesday, March 19: Edith Foster, On Thucydides
  • Thursday, March 28: Registration Information Session
  • Thursday, April 4: Civil Discourse Debate
  • April 11: TBD
  • April 18: TBD
  • April 25: Kimberly Burns, On Rousseau and Romantic Love


Civil Discourse Debates

We will have three more debates intended to promote civil discourse this semester. The first will take place on Monday, February 12, and will be part of COLA’s Liberal Arts week. We will also have debates on March 4 and at lunchtime on April 4. 

All debates will take place in Batts 5.108.

  • Monday, February 12, 5 PM: On Immigration
  • Monday, March 4, 5 PM: TBD
  • Thursday, April 4, at 12:30 PM: TBD