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Each year, the Lilly Center brings well-known speakers to campus for the Colloquium. The event is free and open to the public.

2019 Speaker

philkirk2014.jpgThe 2019 Lilly Colloquium will be on Thursday, September 26. Catawba College alumnus Phil Kirk ’67, the youngest person to be elected to the N.C. State Senate and  Chief of Staff for two former governors and a United States Senator, will be the speaker.

Kirk will address leadership and values with advice for persons interested in public service and government work in the main session at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow the presentation.


Past Speakers

Mrs. Valerie Shepard (Spring 2015)
Catawba College's 11th Lilly Center Colloquium featured Mrs. Valerie Shepard, the daughter of an American missionary who was killed by a primitive, stone-age tribe in the Amazon jungle while attempting to evangelize them, as the keynote speaker. Shepard made her principle presentation on Tuesday, February 24, in the Tom Smith Auditorium in Ralph W. Ketner Hall. Read More | Recap | PHOTOS

Dr. Kurt Corriher (Spring 2013) 
The 10th annual Lilly Colloquium featured Catawba professor, author and actor, Dr. Kurt Corriher, who emphasized the importance of examining the artistic dimension of our lives. The colloquium keynote was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel and was free and open to the public.
Read More | Event Flyer | PHOTOS

Dan Miller (Spring 2012)
Miller, president of 48 Days, LLC and author of the widely acclaimed 48 Days to the Work You Love and No More Dreaded Mondays was the keynote speaker for the 2012 Lilly Colloquium at Catawba College on Thursday, February 16, 2012.
Read More | Miller's Remarks | PHOTOS

Ruth Anderson (Spring 2011)
Educator and author Ruth Anderson, who serves as executive director of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro, was the keynote speaker for the eighth annual Lilly Colloquium on Tuesday, February 22.
Read More | Anderson's Remarks | PHOTOS 

Sarah Susanka (Spring 2010)
Author and architect Sarah Susanka brought her "Not So Big" philosophy to Catawba College's campus on March 16 and advised those members of her 11 a.m. audience to "be the custodian of your own life."
Read More | PHOTOS 

Joe Ehrmann (Spring 2009)
Former NFL Pro Joe Ehrmann, now an ordained minister, played professional football for 13 years and was selected as the Colts Man of the Year. Ehrmann followed his pro career by matriculating at Dallas Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary before being ordained in 1985.
Read More | PHOTOS 

Leonard Pitts (Spring 2008)
Leonard Pitts, Jr. is the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Pitts' column runs every Monday and Friday in "The Miami Herald" and is syndicated nationally. "The Salisbury Post" frequently publishes his commentaries, so the journalist's work is well known in the Catawba College/Rowan County community.
Read More | PHOTOS 

Dr. Martin Marty: "A Matter of Faith" (Spring 2007)
According to Time magazine, Dr. Martin Marty is the "most influential interpreter of religion" in the country today. Dr. Marty presentations at Catawba were specifically be geared towards college students.
Read More | PHOTOS

David Bornstein (Spring 2006)

Sharon Parks (Spring 2005)

Mackey Austin (Spring 2004)