Lyceum Series

The Lyceum Series is the premier speaker series at WSU. It was initiated in 1989 to present events that provide unique cultural enrichment and educational opportunities for the Winona and Rochester campus communities. Internationally renowned speakers present topics in the sciences, the arts, politics, literature, popular culture and more. 

2014-15 Speakers


Richard Arenberg


Free Public Lecture 
@7:00 p.m. on Sept. 16 in SLC 120.

Richard Arenberg spent over 34 years in Washington D.C. as a senior staff member for Representative (later Senator) Paul Tsongas, Senator and Majority Leader George Mitchell, and Senator Carl Levin. He served on the Senate select committee for the Iran-Contra hearings. He was instrumental in drafting the Alaska National Interest Lands Act, perhaps the most significant piece of conservation legislation passed in the 20th century. Arenberg currently teaches in the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University.


Julia Walsh


Free Public Lecture 
@7:00 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium in Somsen Hall

Julia Walsh is a community organizer, motivational speaker, and political strategist. In 2010, Julia started Frack Action in response to the immediate threat that hydraulic fracturing was starting in New York State. Soon after its founding, Frack Action played a pivotal role in the NY State legislature's passage of a fracking moratorium, which has halted this destructive and costly form of natural gas extraction in NY. For the past 9 years, Julia has been an NGO Representative to the United Nations on behalf of children's rights and indigenous rights organizations. 


Will Allen


Free Public Lecture 
@7:00 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium in Somsen Hall

Son of a sharecropper, Will Allen is also a former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader, and now farmer recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, WI, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. He promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a life-time, Will trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces.