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.

People gathered on the Dan Lehn Memorial Patio

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 $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.

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.

2018-2019 Thursday Forum Schedule


Maintaining Cognitive Brain Health through the Ages

Renee Penalver, Assistant Professor of Psychology
September 6, 13, 20, 27

Tragedy and Heroism: Three Historical Novels of Leon Uris

Steve Feller, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics
October 4, 11, 18, 25

From Icon to Virtual Space: Shifting Understandings of Pictorial Beauty from the Ancients to the Renaissance

Jeffrey Hoover, Howard Hall Professor of Philosophy
November 1, 8, 15, 29

Reviving the Plays of Early 20th Century Black Women Playwrights

Deanna L. Downes, Assistant Professor of Theatre
December 6

A New European State?: Catalonia Past and Present

Monica Fuertes-Arboix, William P. and Gayle S. Whipple Associate Professor of Spanish
January 17 and 24

Women in the Hebrew Bible

Meira Z. Kensky, Joseph E. McCabe Associate Professor of Religion
February 7, 14, 21, 28

Urbanism to Save Us All: How Cities Are Reshaping Our Social and Physical Lives

Bruce Nesmith, Joan and Abbott Lipsky Professor of Political Science, and
Drew Westberg, Assistant Professor of Stead Department of Business Administration and Economics
March 7, 14, 21, 28

The Count, The Duke, The King and Glenn: Music of the Big Band and Swing Era

William Carson, Alma A. Turechek Professor of Music
April 4, 11, 18, 25