One of the honored traditions of Valpo’s Honors College, the Christ College Symposium features esteemed scholars from all areas of expertise, including religion, the arts, public affairs, and science, who present thought-provoking topics and engage in lively discussions with an audience composed of the University and local communities.
American historian, author, and composer Ada Palmer will serve as the concluding speaker for the 2018–2019 Christ College Symposium Distinguished Speaker Series built around the theme “Interdisciplinarity— Ideas That Require Crossing Boundaries.” Ada is an assistant professor in the history department at the University of Chicago. A popular author of science fiction and fantasy, she was honored with the 2017 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her first science fiction novel, “Too Like the Lightning,” was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel. Ada’s work derives from her interest in the relationship between ideas and historical change and is distinctive within the genre, incorporating a religious component not often found within science fiction and fantasy literature.
For a full listing of notable guests for the Christ College Distinguished Speaker Series as well as the Fireside Symposium, please visit valpo.edu/christ-college/traditions/christ-college-symposium.