Wendt Character Lectures

Each semester brings a new Wendt Character Lecture. During this event, guest lecturers speak to the community about integrity, justice, compassion, and other topics of character.

Upcoming Lecture

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Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018, for our Spring 2018 Wendt Character Lecture given by J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy.

The lecture will take place in John and Alice Butler Hall of UD's Heritage Center. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available beginning in January 2018. For ticket information, call 563.585.SHOW.

Recent Speakers

Some recent Wendt Character Lecturers include:

  • Bill O'Rourke - Former President of Alcoa-Russia, Alcoa Executive and Attorney; Veteran; Business Ethics Advisor to Boards and Universities
  • Dr. Quentin Schultze - Communication Professor, Author, Speaker, Mentor
  • Father Greg Boyle, S.J. - Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and Author of Tattoos on the Heart
  • Rais Bhuiyan - Peace Activist and Founder of World Without Hate
  • Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J. - Death Penalty Abolitionist and Author of Dead Man Walking
  • Nontombi Naomi Tutu - Race and Gender Justice Advocate and Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Nicholas Carr - Author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
  • George Will - Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Columnist

View Past Lectures