Hickok Hall

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.

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Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance.  Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week.  The closing luncheons are an additional $10.

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.

For more information about Thursday Forum, call 319-399-8523 or email thursdayforum@coe.edu

Coffee at Thursday Forums

Campus parking map

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.

Click here to view a campus parking map.

2019-2020 Thursday Forum Schedule



Four “Big Ideas” that Changed Psychology: Freud, Skinner, Piaget, and the Brain Scientists

Wendy Dunn, James Y. Canfield Professor of Psychology
September 5, 12, 19, 26

The Life and Legacy of Alexander the Great

Angela Ziskowski, Associate Professor of History
October 3, 10, 17, 24

Populism and Democracy in
Turkey, Brazil, Venezuela, and the US

Ugur Akgun, Associate Professor of Physics
Firdevs Duru, Assistant Professor of Physics
Caio Bragatto, Assistant Professor of Physics
Mario Affatigato, Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics
Steve Feller, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics
October 31 and November 7, 14, 21

Art Loan Logistics: Following Grant Wood’s
"Boy Milking Cow" from Coe to the Big Apple

Ranelle Knight-Lueth, Assistant Professor Art History
December 5

CRISPR Technology and the Brave New World of Genetic Engineering

Patricia Storlie, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
January 16 and 23

The Golden Age of Neuroscience: Understanding Addiction, Stress, and Brain Disorders

David Lo, Associate Professor of Biology
Paul Storer, Associate Professor Biology
Michael Baker, Professor of Psychology
February 6, 13, 20, 27

Film Music, Concert Music, and the Hollywood Connection

Alan Lawrence, Instructor and Teaching Artist in Music
March 5, 12, 19, 26

Slavery and the Civil War in American History and Memory

Brie Swenson Arnold, William P. and Gayle S. Whipple Associate Professor of History
April 2, 9, 16, 23