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Legends of Simpson Lecture Series begins next week

Five emeriti faculty to give free, virtual lectures


Some of Simpson College’s most beloved emeriti faculty are coming together to present the Legends of Simpson Lecture Series, a five-part, virtual event covering a wide range of thought-provoking topics. All lectures are free and open to the public. 

The series begins Tuesday, Jan. 19. All lectures begin at Noon CST via Zoom and can be accessed on-demand following the event. 

Those interested in attending can register here to reserve their spot. Pre-registration is required. A link with the live Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the day before each lecture.

“We couldn’t be more excited to offer the Legends of Simpson Lecture Series this year,” said Andy English, director of alumni relations. “The lineup of emeriti faculty who are presenting are some of the most respected to ever set foot on campus. They are experts in their fields and true legends of Simpson College.”

The five emeriti faculty combine for nearly two centuries of service to Simpson College. 

Lectures can be viewed on-demand, in their entirety on this page.

Legends of Simpson Lecture Series Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Joe Moody presents “The Medal of Honor and Other Medals of Valor.” Moody served as a biology professor from 1976-2002.

Tuesday, Feb. 2: Fred Jones presents “Race and the Shackles of Tradition.” Jones was a staple of the department of sociology and criminal justice department for nearly 50 years, serving as a full-time faculty member from 1970-2017. 

Tuesday, Feb. 16: John Epperson presents “A More Perfect Union? The Electoral College in an Age of Polarization.” Epperson served as a professor of political science from 1977 until his retirement in 2019. 

Tuesday, March 2: Pat Singer presents “My 40-Year Romp Through DNA.” Singer’s tenure as a professor of biology professor spanned 36 years from 1982-2018.

Tuesday, March 16: Bruce Haddox presents “The Liberal Arts in a Post-Truth Era.” Haddox began his Simpson career in 1969, serving in multiple roles before retiring in 2006. In addition to his stint as a professor of religion, Haddox also served as vice president of academic affairs and spent one year as acting President.

About Simpson College
Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Iowa with campuses in Indianola, West Des Moines and online. Founded in 1860, the college has 1,268 undergraduate and graduate students. Simpson offers 74 majors, minors and programs in addition to three graduate programs. Outside of the classroom, Simpson is a member of the NCAA Division III American Rivers Conference, hosts eight Greek houses on campus and sponsors many extracurricular options for student involvement.
Contact Information
Cathy Cole, Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Communication
Direct: 515-961-1595
Email: cathy.cole@simpson.edu