During the academic year, the Hastings College Speakers Bureau offers programs and entertainment presented by its faculty and staff to any organization within a 50-mile radius of Hastings. Requests for a program should be made at least two or three weeks in advance.
To request services contact Lynette Shea at 402.461.7327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antje Anderson, Ph.D
Professor of English and Chair of the Department
"19th Century 'Women's Novels' on Film" (Austen, Brontë,)
"Starring Estella: Dickens' Great Expectations on Film"
"Living in Sin? Scandalous Victorian Couples" (Charles Dickens and Ellen Ternan; George Eliot and George Henry Lewes)
"George Eliot and German Culture: A Love Story"
Robert Babcock, Ph.D.
Professor of History,
Dorothy Weyer Creigh Distinguished Professor in History
"A Distant Constellation: Naples in European and American History"
"Historical Origins and Prospects for Peace in Northern Ireland"
"Historical Origins of the Crises in Yugoslavia and the Balkans"
"Whither Britian?: Disuniting the United Kingdom"
Most European history topics
William Beachly, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
"Spiders" (and other arachnids)
John Bohmfalk, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology,
Waldean C. McIntire Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences
"The Human Genome Project: Problems and Possibilities"
"The Biology of HIV and AIDS"
"Human Genetic Diseases"
"Global Climate Change"
"The Nature of Science: Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design"
Sharon Behl Brooks, M.A.
Associate Professor of Communication Arts and English
"What's New in the Media"
Stephanie Furrer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
"Baby Talk: How Infants Learn Language"
"From Theory to Reality: Parenting from a Developmentalist Mommy's Perspective"
"Teenagers: To Fear or Not to Fear?"
"Lively Aging: Positive Thoughts on the Best Years of Your Life"
Kittie Grace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Forensics
"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Legitimacy Narratives"
"Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Communication: Giving Voice to Those Who Need it Most"
"The Dirty F Word" (feminism and its origins)
"Silence Speaks: Understanding Gary Condit's Use of Political Silence"
"The Importance of Social Movement Theory"
"Utterances and Terministic Screens: Complementing Philosophies of Language"
"HIV Women's Organizations: A Struggle for Women's Space"
"Public, Private, Technical Sphere Argumentation"
Kimberly Graviette, B.A.
Director of Career Services
Judy Hall, Ph.D.
Professor of Teacher Education
"Incorporating Service Learning into Higher Education Courses for Future Educators"
"Behavioral Planning That Leads to Lasting Change for K-12 Students"
Jessica Henry, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Arts
"Communicating in Multicultural Settings"
"How to Get What You Want: Becoming an Effective Persuasive Speaker"
"The Pervasion of Propaganda"
"How Politicians Get What They Want: The Power of Persuasive Communication"
M. Jean Heriot, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion and Sociology and
Associate Director of Vocational Discernment and Service Learning
"Ways of Understanding Religious Diversity"
"Careers and Calling"
"The Vocation and Values Program: Students Making a Difference"
"Immigration - Experiences in the Borderlands"
"Guatemalan Women's Weavings - Status of Women in Guatemala"
Deb Johnson, M.A.T.
Instructor of Music
Ruth Moore, M.M.
Associate Professor of Music
"Whistles to Flutes" Discover how the study of acoustics and the need for change leads to the modern day flute. We'll take you on a journey through music history by exploring sound and its importance in everyday life.
"Background Music" Add that special touch of live music to dinners or parties, including light classics, pop and jazz.
Robin Koozer, D.M.A.
Professor of Music and Chair of the Department
Development Associate for the Hastings College Foundation
"Incorporating Music in the Elementary Classroom"
"Hands on Baroque - A Visit with Handel"
"Music at Hastings College"
"Our Presbyterian Heritage in Hymns"
Performances with soprano Linda Johnson and pianist Ruth Moore:
"Sounds of the Holidays"
"Sentimental Journey - Songs of the '40s and '50s"
"Broadway! Music Theatre from Showboat to Miss Saigon"
"Planning Our Future – The Department of Music Endowment
Thomas Kreager, M.F.A.
Professor of Art, Morton and Ella S. Steinhart Professorship In Art
"From Then to Now" (artist lecture)
John Kuehn, D.V.M.
Assistant Professor of Biology
"The Human-Animal Bond"
"Beyond the Headlines: Understanding Stem Cells"
"Issues in the Developing World: Asia and Sub Saharan Africa"
"Issues Relating to Zoonotic Disease, Human/Animal Health"
Marc LaChance, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
"Understanding Jazz Music"
William Locke, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education
The Oregon Trail in Adams County
"Treeless Plain to Arboretum: The Story of Hastings College Trees"
"The Platte River and Its Rocky Mountain Headwaters"
A variety of topics on the Lewis and Clark expedition:
"Walking in the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark"
"The Lewis and Clark Expedition in Crisis"
"Where are the Indians? Desperate Search for the Shoshones and Their Horses"
"Most Terrible Mountains: Lewis and Clark Struggle in the Bitterroots"
Turner McGehee, M.F.A.
Professor of Art and Chair of the Department,
Morton and Ella Steinhart Endowed Professorship in Art
"All This Corn and No Grits" (An Alabamian's impressions of Nebraska)
Debra McKim, D.A.
Associate Professor of Music
"Adolphe Sax, You've Created a Monster"
(classical saxophone performance and talk with piano accompanist Ruth Moore)
John Perlich, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Studies
"Handling Speech Anxiety"
"Millennial Mythmaking: Rhetoric and Mythology"
"Dialectical Theory and Relationships: Making it Work"
Hauli Sabatka, B.A.
Director of Alumni Relations, Events Manager
"Special Events" organizing
Clyde Sachtleben, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Physics
"Wonders of the Universe"
"Expansion of the Universe"
"Hubble Space Telescope"
"Communication Using Lasers and Digital Electronics"
Selected physics demonstrations
Judy Sandeen, R.N., B.C.
Former Director of Campus Health Services
"Alcohol and Other Drug Issues"
"College Students as Peer Educators"
Nanette Shackelford, M.B.A.
Adjunct Instructor of Communication Arts, Business and Economics
"Ethics in Business"
"Starting a Business"
"Escape from Meeting Hell: Running a Productive Meeting"
"Marketing On a Shoestring"
Charles Smith, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
Jonathan Sokasits , D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Dwayne Strasheim, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Linguistics, Dean Emeritus
"Nebraska Place Names"
"Sexism in the English Language"
Bernie Tushaus, M.A.
Instructor of Communication Arts
"English Language Taken for 'Granite'--Bloopers, Blunders, Goofs and Gaffes"
"Books and Bookselling"
"Light Sings—an Illuminating Look at Illumination"
George White, M.A.
Professor of Theatre Arts and Chair of the Department
Current Theatre Productions
"Mime and Pantomime"
"Technology in the Arts"
"Theatre at Hastings College"
Lee Wigert, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department
"Co-dependency: Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships"
"Healing the Child Within"
"Psychology and Spirituality"
Joachim Wunderlich, M.A.
Professor Emeritus of German
"The Art of Translation"
"Culture, Translation and Language"
"English as a Second Language"
"Europe and the European Community"
"Continental European Literature"
"Foreign Language Study in the U.S.A."
"German Immigration to the U.S.A.-Nebraska"
"United States and the European Community"
"Safety! Respect! Dignity!" A presentation by peer educators on the importance and means of providing a safe learning environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or sexual identity.
Presentations on consequence of personal choices encouraging students to enjoy their college years to the fullest by making low risk decisions. They remind their peers that if they choose to drink, there are low-risk options. They also do alcohol poisoning education. They encourage peers to feel equally accepted if they make the choice not to drink. They are able to talk about other drugs (marijuana and prescription drug abuse) too—but their focus will be alcohol because it is more accessible to students. In their presentation, they also look at "social norming," trying to correct misconceptions by presenting factual information that focuses on the positive behaviors of students.
CARE (College Acquaintance Rape Educators)
"Prevention of Sexual Violence"
"Drawing the Shades" (a multi-media readers' theatre about rape and its prevention)
PHIVE-O (Peer HIV Education Organization)
"HIV/AIDS Prevention--It's Everyone's Responsibility"
"Talking With Your Child About HIV/AIDS"
"All Individual Decisions are Sacred" A performance representing individuals who have HIV. The presentation is followed up with educational information about HIV which includes a Q & A session.