Gordy Honors College Forum Series


The Gordy Honors College presents the Forum Series each semester. The Forum hosts national, regional, and local speakers as well as films and special presentations. As one of the premier series in the South, the Forum presents dynamic and stimulating presentations for the MUW campus and the entire community. All events are free and open to the public.


Spring 2015 Series Schedule

All presentations are free and open to the public. All begin at 6 p.m. and are held in Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall, unless otherwise noted.



January 22










Faculty Member of the Year Lecture

Mary Jo Kirkpatrick

Director of the Associate of Science in Nursing program, 2014 FOY


February 5

Film: "Spies of Mississippi"


February 19

“Spies of Mississippi: The Campaign to Stop the Civil Rights Movement”







Dawn Porter

Award Winning Film Director, Author, Attorney


March 5

"Blood and Guts but Little Glory: When Military Leadership Fails the Soldiers"

Dr. Thomas G. Velek, MUW

(Part of the World War I Symposium)


March 26

Nell Peel Wolfe Lecture Series








"Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era"

Arsalan Iftikhar

Author of Islamic Pacifism, Senior Editor "The Islamic Monthly," Human Rights Attorney

Poindexter Auditorium


April 9

MUW Faculty Research Symposium


April 23

Gordy Honors College Undergraduate Research Symposium (Part I)


April 30

Gordy Honors College Undergraduate Research Symposium (Part II)



Previous Featured Speakers

Amanda Beard





Amanda Beard, 3 time Olympian, winner of 7 Olympic Medals









 Bill Roseman, editor, Marvel Comics





Rudy Reyes




Rudy Reyes, Marine veteran, author of "Hero Living," star of the HBO mini-series "Generation Kill"




Dick Gregory




Dick Gregory, legendary comedian and civil rights leader







Lieutenant General Russel Honore, Commander Joint Task Force Katrina








Mark Zupan, paralympian and star of the movie Murderball










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