Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


Beyond the Classroom

King Creativity Fund

In 2000, alumnus W. Joseph "Joey" King '93 donated $500,000 to Southwestern to establish and endow the King Creativity Fund, which annually supports "innovative and visionary projects" of enrolled students. The fund supports multiple projects every academic year with grant awards ranging from $200 to $2,000.

Shilling Lectures

The Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture Series was endowed by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, to honor the 13th President and First Lady of Southwestern University for 19 years of service to Texas' First University. The intent of the lecture series is to present internationally prominent speakers on topics relating to ethics, public service, and public policy. Past speakers have included Bill Moyers, President Jimmy Carter, Marian Wright Edelman, William Sloane Coffin, John McGuire, Karen Hughes, The Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Benazir Bhutto, Thomas H. Kean, James Baker III, and Bill Bradley.

The Writers Voice

The A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center's Writer's Voice is an annual series that brings together undergraduates and authors of national renown for intellectual exchange centered on the authors' works and the issues they raise. Through library-sponsored programming and faculty involvement, the series works to enhance students' reading and study of literary works both in and outside of classes, and it has quickly become a campus cornerstone program. Each author's time on campus culminates in a public reading or lecture in Alma Thomas Theater. The readings or lectures are open free of charge to the campus and to the local community. Guests in the series have included Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, Michael Chabon, Margaret Atwood, Tony Kushner, Carlos Fuentes, Robert Pinsky, and Amy Tan.

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts Artist Series

Each year, the Sarofim School of Fine Arts brings to campus many outstanding musicians, actors, artists, art historians and other persons from the world of the arts to perform, lecture and present their work. Recently, we have been host to such guests as Eugene Fodor, members of the Shanghai Quartet, the Wild Basin Winds, and the Harrington String Quartet, all of whom have performed on the Alma Thomas Theater stage. Visual artists such as Christopher French, Keith Brown, and Mary Bates Neubauer have exhibited their work in the Fine Arts Gallery. Noted art historians, architects and critics have lectured in the Fine Arts Building, including Buddhist Art Historian Dr. Marilyn Gridley and Mr. Vel Hawes, director of design and construction on the new Nasher Sculpture Center. In addition to these artists from off campus, the Southwestern community is regularly treated to outstanding exhibits and performances by our own resident faculty artists.

The Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture Series

The Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture Series focuses on the professional and civic achievements of women. Established in 1985, the lecture series is named for Jessie Daniel Ames, a 1902 alumna of Southwestern University who championed the causes of voting rights for women, prison reform, and anti-lynching legislations. A business person and leader in the national suffragist movement, she was a founder and the first president of the Texas League of Women Voters and was one of the first women delegates to the state and national Democratic conventions.

The Brown Symposium Series

Through the generosity of The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, The Brown Symposium Series has been established to bring to campus persons of national and international repute in areas represented by the holders of endowed Brown professorships. Distinct from the traditional lecture series, these symposia are integrated into the regular curricular design of the University, and the members of the symposia participate in a total education experience. Symposia have been on such topics as "Cosmology: the Changing Philosophies of Science," "Africa and Afro-America," "Punctuated Evolution: The Slender Thread of Life," "Global Climates: Past, Present & Future," "The Roots of Texas Music," "The Human Genome Project," "Espana y America: Cultural Encounter--Enduring Legacy," "Shakespeares!!," "Globalization: Win-Win or Win-Lose?", and "Arctic Journey: Discoveries of inter-relationships in the circumpolar north," "Breaking the Cycles of Intimate Violence," and "GNP or Gross National Well-Being."

Brown Working Papers

The Brown Working Papers in the Arts and Sciences is a series of professional papers representing the breadth and depth of research in a liberal arts setting. The series is now in it's ninth year of online production.