Monuments Men Author Headlines University Speaker Series

September 19, 2014

Saint Leo University invites the public to join university audiences for lectures, musical performances, and special outreach programs for children planned during fall semester at University Campus. All the events listed here are free.

They are presented here in chronological order.

The campus is at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285) in the town of Saint Leo. Parking is readily available in the campus garage and in the evening in surface lots.


  • Laura McCullough will be the featured guest writer and poet at Literature for Lunch at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, in TECO Hall in the School of Business building. McCullough is the author of several collections of poetry books including Rigger Death and Hoist Another; Panic; Speech Acts; and What Men Want.
  • Poet and essayist Scott Cairns reads at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, in TECO Hall, the School of Business building. A professor of literature at the University of Missouri, Cairns is known for exploring spiritual themes in much of his work, and has been published in magazines including The Atlantic Monthly and the Christian Century. His updated memoir, Slow Pilgrim, was published in 2014. This is his second visit to Saint Leo University and is sponsored by the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library.
  • New Moon Concert Series – Fall into Song Choral Concert, 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms, Student Community Center. Sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities.
  • Bishop Robert N. Lynch of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and Deacon Charles Bobertz of the Diocese of St. Cloud, MN, will visit to present “The Deacon as Preacher, Teacher, and Example of Christian Charity,” at 7 p.m., Friday, October 17, in the Southard Room of the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library. This is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion.

  • Monuments Men author Robert Edsel (pictured) speaks at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms, Student Community Center. Mr. Edsel’s nonfiction account of a special World War II military unit that saved European art treasures from Nazi looting was the basis for the popular film. Presented by the University Speaker Series.
  • Observation - Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday, October 23 – Brief talk by science faculty member Dr. Shawn Weatherford on myths and legends in advance of the eclipse, from 6 to 6:15 p.m., in Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms B &C. Viewing with protective eyewear supplied – sunglasses will not suffice – follows in the Bowl with Dr. Weatherford from 6:20 to 6:50 p.m. Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Science.
  • Sociologist Katharine Donato speaks on “Understanding Immigration and Its Effects,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, October 27, in Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardroom A. Dr. Donato, professor at Vanderbilt University, has extensively researched migration between Mexico and the United States. Her presentation is part of the Currents Event and Speaker Series sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences.

  • Annual Bridge-Breaking Contest – Physics vs. Engineering Students, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, Selby Auditorium/Lewis Hall. Teams of students who have built small model bridges using light wood and glue will watch along with the audience to see which bridge is the strongest. All the bridges break during the judging (previous contest pictured). Children attending from the community are treated to front-row seating. Organized by the Department of Mathematics and Science.

For further information on any of the events above, call (352) 588-8237 or email