Thursday Forum

Coe College invites you to participate in the Thursday Forum, a program for adults who want to extend their knowledge in an academic setting.

Most Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. 

Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. The class meetings blend lecture, media such as film and music, and discussion. An optional luncheon is offered at the conclusion of the series.

Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance. Admission to the individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8.

Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. Click here to pay by credit card or directly from your checking account. To order gift certificates, call 319-399-8523.

In the event of inclement weather, consult local media outlets to find out if the day's Thursday Forum will take place.

Thursday Forum participants may park for free in any Coe parking lots, provided spaces are available. Given the high demand for on-campus parking, you may want to consider carpooling or public transportation.

2017-2018 Thursday Forum Schedule

Greece and the Persian Wars: The Good, The Bad And The "Other"
September 7, 14, 21, 28
Angela Ziskowski, Assistant Professor of History 

The Idea of Kingship
October 5, 12, 19, 26
Bob Drexler, William P. and Gayle S. Whipple Professor Emeritus of English

The Scientific Revolution and the Renaissance
November 2, 9, 16, 30
Mario Affatigato, Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics

Diversity in Dance: The Dieman-Bennet Dance Studio in Cedar Rapids
December 7
Jane Nesmith, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Behind the Scenes with "Turandot"
January 18

A New Arsenal: American Art during World War I
February 1, 8, 15, 22
Ranelle Knight-Lueth, Assistant Professor of Art History

Two Scenically Beautiful Hikes in the English Countryside
March 1
Floyd Sandford, Professor Emeritus of Biology

Songs of Protest and Resistance
March 8, 15, 22, 29
Marc Falk, Pearl M. Taylor Associate Professor of Music
Steve Shanley, Assistant Professor of Music

Saints, Sinners and Secularists: Religion and Politics on the World Stage
April 5, 12, 19, 26
Lynda Barrow, Professor of Political Science

 Hickok Hall