Named Lectures

The Carpenter Lecture in Health Care Administration brings international and national speakers to campus to address timely issues in health care. This lecture is an outgrowth of the highly successful Carpenter Conferences, which were held from 1990–1999. The lecture series, made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation of Philadelphia, was established in 2003.

The Mary E. Humphreys Biology Lecture brings prominent scientists to the Mary Baldwin campus. The lecture was inaugurated in the spring of 1992 and is sponsored by former students of Dr. Humphreys, the late professor emerita of biology.

The Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar series brings distinguished professionals and scholars in visual and literary arts to Mary Baldwin for an extended period of time, providing learning opportunities for the college and the community. The program is named for Elizabeth “Liddy” K. Doenges ’63.

The Smyth Leadership Lecture, established in 1997 through the generosity of Mary Baldwin Trustee H. Gordon Smyth and his wife Mary Beth Smyth ’47,brings prominent leadership figures to campus. The Smyth Business Program brings regional and national business leaders to campus for public lectures and classroom visits. From time to time the program also sends students to visit business leaders and their organizations.

The Susan Paul Firestone Lecture Series in Contemporary Art brings significant visual artists and art critics to campus. A three-day residency of the artist or critic includes a public lecture and close interaction with art students through class discussions and critiques. This lecture series was initiated through the generosity of Ray A. Graham III and it honors the creative work and accomplishments of Susan Paul Firestone ’68.

Phi Beta Kappa Lectures bring to campus outstanding scholars representing a wide variety of academic fields. While on campus, lecturers present a public lecture, visit classes, and meet with students. This lecture series is sponsored by the Mary Baldwin chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.