Enduring Questions


Enduring Questions: The 2014-2015 Mark Collier Lecture Series

Languages of the Soul

How does one explain the feelings evoked when

viewing a piece of art
reading a poetic refrain
following the graceful movements of a dance
listening to a song that uplifts the human spirt
or tasting food prepared from a recipe that spans generations.

Join us as we explore the subtle, dramatic and poignant dimensions of communication and connection that transcend cultural boundaries and societal norms.

Free and open to the public.


Jonathan Batiste photoJonathan Batiste

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

8:00 p.m., Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 E. Bagley Rd.

Iconic performer, jazz artist and cultural historian, Jonathan Batiste is one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. A Movado Future Legend award recipient and a Steinway Performing Artist, he has performed in numerous prestigious events. He is an ongoing figure in television and film (HBO’s “Treme” and Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer”) as well as a Traveling Ambassador for Music Unites and leader of The Stay Human Band–a modern jazz ensemble that tours across the world spreading good music and a message of hope and joy.

Jaron Lanierphoto of Jaron Lanier

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

8:00 p.m., Kulas Musical Arts Bldg., 96 Front St.

Technology pioneer, composer, visual artist, author and performer, Jaron Lanier has garnered the acclaim of top media, including Time magazine, The New York Times, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harper’s Magazine, Atlantic, Wired, Scientific American and others. A pioneer in virtual reality (a term for which he is credited), Lanier founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products. He has appeared on "PBS NewsHour,” “Nightline” and “Charlie Rose.” He is active as a composer in the world of new "classical" music. Lanier’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

Charlise LylesCharlise Lyles

Thursday, January 22, 2015

8:00 p.m., Kleist Center for Art & Drama95 E. Bagley Rd.

Cleveland native, journalist and poet, Charlise Lyles is a voice of inspiration for what it means to overcome childhood adversity. Her book "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? From the Projects to Prep School” is a highly acclaimed memoir that touches on issues of sexism, racism and educational inequality. A recipient of an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, Lyles worked as a clerk to the New York Times chief White House correspondent. She is a three-time award winner of the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and is co-founding editor of Catalyst Cleveland (now Catalyst Ohio) magazine. Co-sponsored by the Campus-Community MLK Week Committee.

photo of Judith JamisonJudith Jamison

Wednesday, March 18

8:00 p.m., Kulas Musical Arts Bldg., 96 Front St.

Legendary dancer, choreographer and advocate for the arts, Judith Jamison has had an impressive career that spans performer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, entrepreneur and guest artist with ballet companies worldwide. She has received a Primetime Emmy, American Choreography Award, Kennedy Center Honor, National Medal of Arts, “Bessie” Award, Phoenix Award and Handel Medallion. She was also listed in “TIME 100:  The World’s Most Influential People” and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the first White House Dance Series event.  Last year, she was named the 50th inductee into the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance. 



The Baldwin Wallace University Core Curriculum centers on a common course entitled LAS 200 "Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World." This course encourages us to wrestle with the timeless questions that unite humanity:

  • What does it mean to be a human being?

  • How do human beings relate to each other? 

  • How do human beings relate to the natural world?

The Series was established in 2006 in honor of Dr. Mark Collier, President of Baldwin Wallace University from 1999-2006, and represents an on-going commitment from the University to bring acclaimed speakers to campus to extend the conversation beyond the classroom. 

The 2014-2015 Enduring Questions Lecture Series is sponsored by the Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES), the Office of Core Curriculum,  the Office of Diversity Affairs, the MLK Week Committee and the Enduring Questions: Mark Collier Lecture Series Endowment.







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