Lectures & Special Programs

Manhattan College is proud to present an extensive array of fascinating lectures and special programs, tailored to students’ interests and designed to complement academic studies. Keep an eye on the website for announcements about speakers and upcoming topics.

Model UN

Manhattan College participates in two Model United Nations conferences each year. A fall conference in Washington and the spring National Model United Nations conference in New York City. This hands-on, participatory experience enables students to acquire expertise on a particular country, which they represent at the conference.

Students who are interested in participating in the National Model United Nations may do so for credit, by taking GOVT 457, Model United Nations in the spring, or as an extracurricular activity in the fall. For more information on Model UN, see the international studies page.

Costello Lecture

This lecture series focuses on European history and was established to honor the memory of Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello, a former history professor at Manhattan College. Since its inception in 2001, the lecture series has attracted leading historians to campus to give presentations on a variety of topics, but mostly focusing on Brother Gabriel’s passions, the French Revolution and the Renaissance. For more information on the Costello Lecture, see the history page.

Dante Seminar

The Dante Seminar started in 1979 with members of the Manhattan College community gathering to read and discuss The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Today, the seminar group meets six times a year — the first five to discuss the scholarly projects of their members, the sixth to hear from a guest speaker. Everyone in the college community — faculty, students and staff — is invited to participate in the activities of the Manhattan College Dante Seminar, whose schedule is available in the School of Liberal Arts calendar.

Christen Lecture

The Robert J. Christen Program in Early American History and Culture was founded in 1986 to honor the memory of Dr. Robert J. Christen, who attended Manhattan College as a student and later joined the College’s faculty. The lecture series focuses on the colonial and revolutionary periods of American history. For more information on the Christen Lecture, see the history page.

Phi Alpha Theta Brownbag Series

The Phi Alpha Theta Brownbag Series began in the fall of 2009 as a lunchtime gathering of students and faculty for informal conversations about the practice of history and the experience of being a historian. The event is held in the fall and spring, and typically features faculty members and undergraduate history majors sharing their works in progress and presenting research papers for discussion.

Women and Gender Studies Brownbag Series

This is a popular lunchtime event where faculty and students have an informal presentation and discussion about issues related to women and gender studies. It is proudly sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program.

Newman Lecture

This annual lecture series focuses on the centrality of the liberal arts to an undergraduate education, which was stressed by Cardinal John Henry Newman in his highly influential book, The Idea of a University. After being named cardinal in 1879 by Pope Leo XIII, Cardinal Newman continued his work as a prolific scholar of early Christianity and as a poet. In 2010, he was beatified at a ceremony conducted by Pope Benedict XVI, who praised Newman for his insights "into the need for a broadly based and wide-ranging approach to education," which "continue today to inspire and enlighten many all over the world." Crucial to the Catholic intellectual tradition, Newman’s views on the nature of liberal arts education, its contemporary significance and social consequences, are key elements of this new lecture series.

Aquinas Lecture

Named for Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic philosopher and theologian, the Aquinas Lecture covers a wide variety of liberal arts topics related to areas including philosophy and theology.

Major Authors Reading Series (M.A.R.S.)

The Manhattan College English department and the School of Arts host a program called the Major Authors Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) in which acclaimed writers are invited to campus to give readings followed by discussions, book signings and receptions to encourage students to expand their literary knowledge. The program has featured poets, travel writers and novelists, and is held each fall and spring semester.

Great Cities Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Urban Studies programs, the Great Cities series features prominent speakers discussing topics related to urban development and life in distinctive cities throughout the world.