University Lectures and Speakers

Connecting the University Mission to Action. Winona State University has a long and rich history of thought leadership through campus lecture series.

Each year WSU welcomes speakers and guests from around the world. They share their unique outlook and engage us with their intriguing account of the world around us. Their diverse experiences often are fused with the university theme to inspire student and community involvement.

Explore WSU lectures to find a speaker or topic that feeds your mind and inspires you into action.

Lyceum Series

The Lyceum Series is the premier speaker series at WSU.

This series was initiated in 1989 to present events that provide unique cultural enrichment and educational opportunities for the Winona and Rochester campus communities.

Internationally renowned speakers present topics in the sciences, the arts, politics, literature, popular culture, and more.

In 2022, the Lyceum hosted Bill Nye the Science Guy and Saturday Night Live star Michael Che.

Funding for the Lyceum Series is provided by the WSU Foundation and student life fees.

Equity and Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence promotes acceptance and respect at WSU. They offer an extensive variety of speakers and events to nurture a culture of support.

The office coordinates cultural, heritage, and social awareness programs to educate and inspire campus and community members.

Common Book Project

The Common Book Project brings together the WSU community of readers in the discussion of a single work.

Each academic year a new Common Book is selected and incorporated into the curriculum of numerous courses, including sections of English 111, College Reading and Writing, and may be adopted by any faculty interested in the issues it raises.

Public readings, lectures, discussions and other related events are scheduled concurrently with each author's visit to WSU.

Great River Reading Series

The John S. Lucas Great River Reading Series brings poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers to WSU each year. The writers visit creative writing and literature classes, meet with students, and give a public reading.


CLASP is the Consortium of Liberal Arts and Science Promotion. The CLASP lecture series was initiated in 2004 and is intended to promote interdisciplinary discussion and exchange.

CLASP presentations are aimed at a general audience of students, faculty and the community.

Academic Lectures

The Earth Talks Speaker Series is hosted each semester by the Geoscience Department. The series serves as a forum through which experts from academia, government, and the private sector, as well as WSU students and faculty, share their experiences and research results with the WSU Geoscience community.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is hosted each semester by the Mathematics Department. The series serves as a forum for experts within the mathematics and statistics fields to share concepts and how they are applied in industry.

Miller Brothers Lecture Series is hosted by the Miller Brothers School of Engineering Department. The series serves as a forum for alumni and professionals within the Composite Materials Engineering industry to share design, manufacturing, and testing of composite engineering materials.