University of Evansville


The University of Evansville offers speaker's series and other events throughout the academic year.

Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series

Made possible through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of the University of Evansville, the Patricia H. Snyder Concert & Lecture Series was created in 1997 to bring speakers or performers of national or international renown to Evansville at no cost to the public. The concerts and lectures in this series span a wide variety of topics, and are aimed at both the Evansville and campus communities. Events are free and open to the public.

Recent Events

A Conversation with Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager

Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager presented to the Evansville community on October 21, 2014, in Ridgway University Center.

Amy-Jill Levine

A.-J. Levine

Amy-Jill (A.-J.) Levine, PhD, presented a series of lectures October 18-20, 2013, on “Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity.” Her visit to Evansville was sponsored by the Snyder Concert and Lecture Series, the Department of Religious Life, Temple Adath B'nai Israel, and the Shavitz Trust.

Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.

Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperOne), the edited collection The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton), and the fourteen-volume edited series Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum). With Marc Brettler of Brandeis University, she has edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford), and she has written, with her Vanderbilt colleague Douglas Knight, The Meaning of the Bible: What The Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach us (HarperOne). She has recorded "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Great Figures of the Old Testament," and "Great Figures of the New Testament" for the Teaching Company.

Professor Levine’s lectures combined historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.

David Ilan

David Ilan

David Ilan, professor and director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, spoke at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Temple Adath B’nai Israel. Ilan’s lecture explored “Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Israel and Why They Matter.”

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. David Ilan has lived in Israel since 1976. He earned a PhD in archaeology from Tel Aviv University and has excavated at a number of important sites in Israel, including Tel Arad and Tel Megiddo (biblical Armageddon). Dr. Ilan is currently the director of excavations at Tel Dan in northern Israel.

His work at the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology focuses on the Land of Israel and the world of the Bible. His publications deal with a wide range of subjects, including northern Israel in the early Iron Age (the biblical period of the Judges), the archaeology of death, and the problem of antiquities plunder and trade.

One of his most recent publications is a chapter in the volume Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond co-edited by Dr. Jennie Ebeling, chair of the UE Department of Archaeology.

Sheryl WuDunn

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Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, was the first speaker in the 2012-13 Patricia H. Snyder Concert & Lecture Series.

The event on Thursday, September 27, 2012 began at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall (Ridgway University Center) with an advance screening of PBS documentary Half the Sky, courtesy of WNIN and Independent Lens. WuDunn's speech at 7:00 p.m. was followed by a reception and book signing at 8:00 p.m. The event was free and open to the public.

WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a best-selling author, business executive and lecturer. She is currently a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique serving growth companies in the middle market, including companies founded and run by women. She is also president of TripleEdge, a social investing consultancy. Among WuDunn’s many honors, Newsweek named her one of 2011’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

Previously, WuDunn worked at The New York Times as both an executive and journalist; as editor for international markets, energy and industry; as The Times’s first anchor of an evening news headlines program for a digital cable television channel, the Discovery-Times; in management roles in strategic planning and circulation; and as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political and social issues. She has also been vice president, in the role of investment advisor for private clients, in the investment management division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a commercial loan officer at Bankers Trust.

With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, she has co-authored two other best-selling books about Asia: Thunder from the East and China Wakes. WuDunn won a Pulitzer Prize with her husband for covering China, along with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement. WuDunn was honored for Half the Sky in 2010 with the Beacon Award from the White House Project, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors.