Liberty University is a community of scholars whose members include students, faculty, staff, and administrators—all of whom contribute in vital ways to scholarship, education, and to maintaining a community of respect. From time to time, the Office of Equity & Inclusion may host a Lecture Series speaker who may hold and espouse views contrary to our institutional values. While we may disagree with one another’s convictions, higher education is a community of scholars who work within the marketplace of ideas; as such, we must respect the rights of individuals to express their views. Some Lecture Series may offer avenues of interaction and discussion to those opposing ideas.
Title: Diversity in Media
Presenter: Paul Berry, Professional news anchor and radio host.
Title: Defending Human Rights and Dignity in a Multicultural World
Presenter: Dr. Yuri Mantilla, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Online Programs and Global Initiatives.
Title: Diversity Symposium
Presenters: Lisa Fields, Founder of the Jude 3 Project; And Vince Bantu, Director of the city Ministry Initiative at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Title: The Vernacular of African-American Youth
Presenter: Carolyn Gross, Professional news anchor and radio host.
Title: Latinos in Theatre
Presenter: Enrique Aviles, Founder of the theatre company, Sol y Soul.
Title: Changing the Way We See Native America
Presenter: Matika Wilbur, Native American Photographer, founder of Project 562, and TEDxTalks Speaker
Title: Success Has No Color, Our Thoughts Do!
Presenter: Linal Harris, Inspirational Speaker, Corporate America Graduate, Global Entrepreneur, certified Life Coach, and media personality.
Title: Culture and History of Irish Americans in Lynchburg
Presenter: Nick Cash, Owner of Kegney Brothers Restaurant
Title: They Call Me Q!
Presenter: Qurrat Ann Kadwani, South Asian award-winning actress, producer, MC, TV Host and philanthropist
Title: Contemporary Issues About the Native American Culture
Presenter: Special Student-Run Forum
Title: Digital Wellness
Presenter: Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Digital Wellness, Liberty University; Author of The Digital Invasion: How Technology Is Shaping You and Your Relationships (2013)
Title: Latin American Heritage
Presenter: Dr. Elias Moitinho, Director of M.A. Counseling Licensure Programs, Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor of Counseling
Title: The Hunt for General Tso
Presenter: Jennifer Lee, Journalist, Co-founder and CEO of the literary studio Plympton, and former New York Times reporter; Author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food (2009)
Title: Irish Heritage
Presenter: Ray Wright, Representative from the Frontier Museum
Title: Bishop Henry Turner: An inspirational preacher and teacher during the Civil War
Presenter: Jordan Alexander, Instructor in the History Department, Liberty University
Title: Awareness, Practices, and Struggles of American Indians
Presenter: Marvel Welch, Commissioner of Indian Affairs with the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Title: Identity Politics, Immigration, and the Latino Vote
Presenter: Dr. Xavier Medina Vidal, Professor Specialist in US politics at Virginia Tech
Title: Christianity vs. Confucianism
Presenter: Dr. Yingguang Liu, Associate Professor of Microbiology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Liberty University.
Title: Heritage of Ireland
Presenter: Brian Donohue
Title: Today’s African American Community
Presenter: Derek Polley, Liberty University alumni; School Board Member for Lynchburg City Schools; Owner of Lynchburg Legends basketball team
Title: Knowing Taiwan
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Light, Professor of Business, School of Business, Liberty University
Title: Culture of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
Presenter: Dan Begley
Title: Black Culture in America
Presenter: Leslie King, Assistant to the City Manager Founding Advisory Board Member Community Dialogue on Race & Racism, City of Lynchburg, VA
Title: History and Heritage of American Indians
Presenter: Merrit Youngdeer
Title: The Heritage of the Dominican Republic
Presenter: Pastor Daniel D’ Oleo, Leader in the Renacer Hispanic Ministry in the Church of the Brethren and Pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Renacer
Title: How! And Other Approaches to American Indians
Presenter: Karenne Wood, Indian Poet, Linguistic and Anthropologist; Author of Markings on Earth (2001), The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail (2007)
Title: Latinos in America
Presenter: Dr. Fabio Freyre, Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Behavioral Sciences, Liberty University
Title: The Heritage of Korea
Presenter: Dr. Kyung Kyoon Bae, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, Liberty University
Title: Irish Legacy’s: Hands Across the Water
Presenter: Jim Baldwin, musician; and Frank King, Founder of the Smith Mountain Lake St. Brendan Society, and former member of Deo Raithe Na hEireann – Exiles of Ireland – of Lexington, VA
Title: Selling out to the Only One Who Matters
Presenter: Ron Miller, Online Associate Dean, Helms School of Government; Assistant Professor of Government, Liberty University; Author of SELLOUT: Musings From Uncle Tom’s Porch
Title: Unique Culture of Native American Indians
Presenter: Reynard Faber, Apache Chief of the Jicarilla Apache Nation
Title: Race Relations in the Hill City
Presenter: Steve Weaver, Attorney, President and CEO of No Walls Ministry
Title: The Latino Experience in America
Presenter: Jose Galvez, Pulitzer Prize-winner Photographer, and Speaker
Title: Why Green? Symbolism and Traditions in the Irish Culture
Presenter: Dr. Karen Prior, Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Liberty University
Title: Civil Rights: A Moral and Faith Perspective
Presenter: Lacy Ward, Director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum