B. F. Stone Lyceum

Dr. Vijay Antharam and Professor Tom Johnson speak at the 2018 B. F. Stone Lyceum

The mission of the B. F. Stone Lyceum is to foster scholarly interaction among faculty, students, and community residents. The endowed lecture series began in 1998 with a generous gift from the estate of Mr. B. F. (“Doc”) Stone, a pharmacist from Elizabethtown, N.C. He was a respected and active member of the Methodist Church and a longtime supporter of the University. The Lyceum, which consists of a lecture, two responses, and a question and answer period, takes place each spring and is free and open to the public.

Recent Lectures

  • 2020: “What Is an Ecological Society?: A Multi-Disciplinary Conversation” by Dr. Denise Bauer (Engineering), Dr. J. R. Hustwit (Philosophy & Religion), Dr. Paul Knudson (Sociology), and Dr. Javier Pabón (Modern Languages & Literature)
  • 2019: “The Biology of Monogamy” by Dr. Scott Robertson (Biology)
  • 2018: “In Defense of the University” by Dr. George Hendricks (Social Work), Dr. Jennifer Broome (Education), Dr. Vijay Antharam (Chemistry), Professor Jarold “Tom” Johnston (Nursing), and Dr. Joel Sattgast (Physical Therapy)
  • 2017: “Donald Trump’s Fayetteville” by Dr. Carl Dyke, Dr. Peter Murray, and Dr. Patrick O’Neil (History)
  • 2016: “Why Are We Comfortable with a Serial Killer on Cereal Boxes?: Frankenstein in Pop Culture” by Dr. Cameron Dodworth (English)
  • 2015: “Consequences of Introducing a New Pathogen into a Naïve Population” by Dr. Matthew Kesic (Physician Assistant Program)
  • 2014: “Boundaries in Medicine and Art” by Dr. Deborah Morris (Physician Assistant Program)
  • 2013: “Between Cavalier and Cracker, Tara and Tobacco Road: The Marginalized Middle in Southern Literature of the 1930s” by Dr. Emily Wright (English)
  • 2012: “Effects of Education Policy on Homeless Children” by Dr. George Hendricks (Social Work)
  • 2011: “Sharing the Tomb of Christ: Conflict and Boundaries Among Jerusalem’s Christians” by Dr. Vida Bajc (Sociology)
  • 2010: “Where’s the Christian Left? The Social Gospel and the Democratic Party” Dr. Chris Cronin (Political Science)
  • 2009: “Happiness: Let’s Stop Pursuing It” by Dr. Bob Ritzema (Psychology)
  • 2008: “The North American Influence on Thomas Harriot’s Studies” by Ms. Eleanor Ninestein (Mathematics)
  • 2007: “The Intelligent Design Movement, Creationism, and Science” by Dr. Michael Potts (Philosophy & Religion)
  • 2006: “Lifting the Hydrogen Veil: an Alternative Approach to National Energy Security” by Dr. John Fields (Chemistry)
  • 2005: “A Buddhist Approach to Addiction” by Dr. Michelle Darnell (Philosophy)
  • 2004: “Social Change Leadership Theory” by Dr. Bill Watt (Organizational Communication & Leadership)
  • 2003: “Who Will Solve Our Water Problems?: A Case For Business” by Professor Joe Doll and Professor Theresa Clark (Business Administration)
  • 2002: “An Economist’s Argument for Voluntary Simplicity” by Dr. Spence Davis (Economics)
  • 2000 (fall): “When You Talk to Yourself, Who Talks Back?: Complex Selves, Complex Identities” by Dr. Carl Dyke (History)
  • 2000 (spring): “Should We Execute Children?” Dr. Richard Hall (Philosophy)
  • 1999: “Aging and Driving: The Need for Improved Driver’s License Testing” by Dr. Don Lassiter (Psychology)
  • 1998: “Brain Dead Individuals Are Not Dead” by Dr. Michael Potts (Philosophy & Religion)
  • 1997: “Mythic Narratives and Role Exit: Hamlet’s Failure” by Ms. Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh (English)