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Life of the Mind

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Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished UC faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise. A panel of three will respond to and discuss the lecture from diverse perspectives, and a moderator will encourage audience engagement. The series includes intriguing insights from diverse perspectives, and encourages faculty and students from across UC to engage in further discourse.
Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and Faculty Senate, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse.

Life of the Mind Steering Committee consists of:

  • Xuemao Wang, co-chair
  • Sally Moomaw, co-chair
  • Robert Faaborg
  • Melissa Cox Norris (ex officio)
  • Peter Stambrook
  • Jeffrey Tilman
  • Carol Wheeler-Strother

Stay tuned for upcoming program information!

Past Lectures


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

John McNay, professor of history and chair of the Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science at UC Blue Ash College.

“I would rather have peace than be president": Presidential Decisions for Peace.John T. McNay is professor of the history of U.S. Foreign Relations at the University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash where he teaches courses on World War II, the Cold War and World History. His most cited book is Acheson and Empire: The British Accent in American Foreign Policy (Missouri, 2001) and more recently, he edited The Memoirs of Ambassador Henry F. Grady: From the Great War to the Cold War (Missouri, 2009). In addition to his current project on presidential decisions for peace, he has begun work in the recently opened papers of John Paton Davies, the “China Hand” who lost his career during the McCarthy era.


  • Stephen Depoe - Professor of Communication and Department Head, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
  • Emily Houh - Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts, College of Law
  • Bert Lockwood - Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the renowned Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, College of Law
  • Gregory Loving - Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Social Sciences Department, UC Clermont College

View the September 2016 program

March 29, 2016

Featured faculty member: Heidi L. Maibom - Professor of Philosophy, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, "Know Others to Know Thyself: Misuses of Taking Another's Perspective"


  • Cal Adler - Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in the College of Medicine.
  • Valerie Grey Hardcastle - Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Ethan Katz - Assistant Professor of History in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


View the March 2016 program:



September 29, 2015

Featured faculty member: Holt Parker - Professor of Classics, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, "Thinking with Slaves"


  • Prentice Chandler - Program Coordinator of Secondary Education and Associate Professor in the School of Education, College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services
  • Terry Kershaw - Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Meem - Professor and Head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Students, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


View the September 2015 program:


March 26, 2015

Featured faculty member: Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett - Professor of Pediatrics, Co-director of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology, and Executive Director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, “The Impact of the Acceleration of Transforming Technologies in Medicine and the Biological Sciences”


  • Karen Bankston - Associate Dean of the College of Nursing,
  • James Clark - Professor and Director of the School of Social Work in the College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Joseph Tomain - Dean Emeritus of the College of Law


View the March 2015 program: