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Life of the Mind

The annual Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with University of Cincinnati faculty, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022.

The Life of the Mind Steering Committee seeks nominations for the featured UC faculty presenter at lecture. The faculty presenter should be an expert in their respective field with a proven record of scholarship or creation of works, as well as be an engaging speaker able to address a diverse audience. The presentation will not simply be a recitation of the faculty member’s work or research, but will promote a point of view and provoke discussion that spans broad intellectual interests from multiple perspectives.  

Following the faculty presenter’s lecture, a panel will respond to and discuss the lecture and a moderator will encourage audience engagement. The Life of the Mind event will also celebrate the published or performed creative and scholarly works of UC’s artists, authors, editors & composers with an exhibit and bibliography.

Criteria for the 2022 Featured UC Faculty Presenter:

  • Accomplished, distinguished UC faculty member or emeriti faculty member with a national/international reputation.
  • Proven record of scholarship or creative works.
  • Recognized as an expert in their field of study, research or creation of works.
  • Experienced at presenting their work to an audience outside the classroom.
  • Excellent and engaging speaker able to relate to a non-specialist audience.
  • Provocative topic of study/research/creative work.

Complete the online form to nominate a UC faculty member as the Life of the Mind featured faculty presenter. Nomination deadline is 5pm, Friday, Nov 12. Self-nominations are welcome. Faculty members who submitted published or performed creative and scholarly works by Nov 12 for inclusion in the Artists, Authors, Editors & Composers exhibit and bibliography will automatically be considered for the featured presenter.

The Life of the Mind Steering Committee will review all nominations and select the Featured UC faculty presenter.

Contact melissa.norris@uc.edu with any questions.

Life of the Mind 2020

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/vGBOHyZaX5o?rel=0

Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with UC faculty, was last held Tuesday, Sept. 22 with a lecture by John Lynch, professor of communication in the College of Arts and Sciences, who spoke on “Remembering When Medicine Went Wrong: Lessons for Medical Communication Today.”

Following Dr. Lynch's remarks, a panel of three responded to the lecture.

  • Charles R. Doarn, professor, environmental and public health sciences; program director, MPH; director of telemedicine
  • Renee Mahaffey Harris, president and CEO, The Center for Closing the Health Gap
  • Michelle McGowan, research assoc. professor in the Ethics Center and Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center & College of Medicine; graduate program director, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

The Life of the Mind lecture series has merged with the former Authors, Editors & Composers to create one event that  celebrates the achievements of UC’s artists, authors, editors and composers.

A bibliography of the submitted creative and scholarly works is available online where an accessible (screen reader version) of the bibliography can be downloaded as a PDF.


The mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse. It is organized by UC Libraries, Faculty Senate and the Faculty Enrichment Center, and is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Members of the Life of the Mind Steering Committee are: Co-chairs Greg Loving and Xuemao Wang, Chuck Doarn, Don Jason, Rita Kumar, Heather Nester, Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburgh, Liz Scarpelli, and Jenny Mackiewicz and Melissa Cox Norris (ex-officio).

Life of the Mind supports the university’s Research2030 initiative, which focuses on two key objectives: Enhancing UC’s national reputation and emphasizing the impact of UC’s research enterprise. The Life of the Mind lecture creates a platform to exchange interdisciplinary research and foster intellectual conversation. The artists, authors, editors & composers exhibit and bibliography promotes faculty and staff research and creative outcomes.