Lyceum Series on Faith & Scholarship

The Lyceum Lecture Series on Faith and the Academy draws inspiration both from the history of Grace College and Winona Lake itself. During America’s Progressive Era at the turn of the 20th century, Winona Lake’s Chautauqua tradition attracted lectures and presentations from high-profile speakers who brought refined culture to small-town America. Notable speakers included three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, humorist Will Rogers, and the preacher Russell Conwell. In order to continue this valuable heritage, Grace College established the American Lyceum Lecture Series in the 1990s, which featured people like Allan Keyes and Michael Reagan. In 2011, the lecture series was reorganized under a new name and has since focused specifically on issues related to the intersection of Christian faith and academics.


Past Speakers

Peter Holland (Fall 2017)

Peter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies and Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame. He was Director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon from 1997 to 2002 and is one of the Institute’s Honorary Fellows. He has been a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He was elected President of the Shakespeare Association of America for 2007-8. In 2017 he was elected Chair of the International Shakespeare Association, the only global organization for Shakespeare scholars. He has edited many of Shakespeare’s plays (for Penguin, Oxford University Press and the Arden Shakespeare) and written widely on the plays in performance, including English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s. He is the Editor of Shakespeare Survey, the UK’s leading Shakespeare journal, and is General Editor for a number of book series, including an 18-volume series on Great Shakespeareans (with Adrian Poole, for Arden Shakespeare), Oxford Shakespeare Topics (with Stanley Wells and Lena Orlin, for Oxford University Press), Shakespeare in the Theatre (with Farah Karim-Cooper and Bridget Escolme, for Arden Shakespeare). His edition of Coriolanusfor the Arden Shakespeare 3rd series appeared in 2013. He is one of the General Editors for the new 4th series of the Arden Shakespeare, which will begin publication in 2023. He is currently writing a monograph on Shakespeare and Forgetting.”


Karen Swallow Prior (Spring 2017)

Grace College was privileged to hear from Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, who presented, “Hannah More and the Moral Imagination.” Dr. Prior is an English professor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She is a member of the graduate faculty and specializes in 18th-century British literature. She is well-known for her work in “1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era,” “The Shandean” and “The Scriblerian.” In addition to “Fierce Convictions,” Prior has authored “Abolitionist” and “Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me.” Her work has appeared in many publications, including Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Break Point and The Atlantic.


Todd Allen (Spring 2016)

Grace College was privileged to hear from Dr. Todd Allen, who presented, “What Do These Stones Mean? Race, Civil Rights, and Public Memory.” Allen is professor of Communication Studies and Visual Arts at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He is a specialist in the Civil Rights Movement and its commemoration. He is active in community and campus efforts to facilitate discussion about race and has published a chapter in the 2015 book, “Black Scholars in White Space: New Vistas in African American Studies from the Christian Academy”.


Bradley Gundlach (Spring 2015)

Dr. Gundlach spoke on “Religion and the Evolution Question: a Historian’s Perspective.” Gundlach teaches at Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois, where he specializes in American intellectual, cultural and religious history. He also enjoys teaching world civilization, church history, and the philosophy and methods of history. Gundlach is the author of “Process and Providence: The Evolution Question at Princeton, 1845-1929”, and is currently at work on a biography of Princeton theologian B. B. Warfield.