Each year, Denison offers special, one-of-a-kind opportunities to engage the arts and sciences through extraordinary lectures, performances, exhibitions, and academic programming.

The Reid & Polly Anderson Lecture Series is an annual convocation featuring a top scientist in their field.

Babcock Lectureship

The late Mary Elizabeth Babcock, a Denison alumna and Johnstown (Ohio) philanthropist, endowed the Babcock Lectureship to “bring prominent conservative speakers to campus and thus interpret the genesis, the philosophical under-girding and policy manifestations of the American conservative heritage.”

“The Beck Series infuses campus with world class writers, giving students the ability to interact with and learn from amazing writers, thinkers, and people. It is a great example of the tremendous exposure and mentorship creative writing students receive at Denison.” Adam Weinberg, President of Denison University

Bluegrass Festival

Denison University’s Bluegrass Festival features several renowned performers as well as workshops and rehearsal experiences to showcase the very best of bluegrass.

Faculty Fridays celebrate authors, artists, musicians and researchers among our faculty who have recently had a publication, gallery show, concert, or article accepted in a scientific magazine.

The Carolyn Craig and Dr. Carl M. Franklin Lecture Series features librarians, artists, writers and intellectuals dealing with issues related to the field of library and information science.

The Global Studies Seminar Series is an interdisciplinary intellectual forum for the Denison community to discuss and debate academic and policy issues of global importance.

The Goodspeed Lectureship enables the Religion Department—often in conjunction with other departments and programs—to bring to Denison credentialed scholars related to Religious Studies, to deliver an all-campus convocation lecture.

The Doris G. Gordon Lecture Series is named in honor of Doris Gilbert Gordon, a high school teacher and a friend of Denison who had a great love of mathematics

Jazz Guitar

The Denison University Department of Music proudly hosts the longest continually running Jazz Guitar Festival in the United States.

The J.R. Kantor Memorial Lecture brings eminent psychologists to campus for several days to offer lectures to the College community as well as to the Psychology Department, and to meet with students.

The objective of the Laura C. Harris Symposium is to enhance and promote the education of young women as students and as professionals and serve to promote the career opportunities and carry on the pioneering spirit of women students at Denison University.

Lugar Lecture

The Lugar Lecture Series was established by donations to the Golden Anniversary Fund at the 50th reunion of the class of 1954 in honor of their distinguished classmate, Former Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.).

Musings is a series of presentations by faculty members or students who have recently made a remarkable accomplishment in their academic fields and would like to share the experience with the Denison community.

The Ronneberg Lectureship was endowed in 1981 as a means to bring to campus outstanding scientists to lecture on a diverse range of topics.


At TEDxDenisonU, TEDTalks video, and live speakers combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The Harold H. Titus-Maylon H. Hepp Lectureship is a Philosophy Department series that honors Harold H. Titus-Maylon H. Hepp, Lecturers in Philosophy.

Faculty at Tuesday Lunch Series

The Tuesday Lunch series is a wonderful way to interact with colleagues and learn about their work.

Tutti Festival

Every two years, because it takes that long to organize something this fabulous, Denison University’s Department of Music collaborates with musicians, composers, fine artists, dance artists, theatre, and creative people across genres to present the TUTTI Original Works Festival, a days-long celebration of original works.

Vail Series

Programmed creatively with the mindful pursuit of learning across traditional academic boundaries, The Vail Series was endowed by a generous gift from the late Mary and Foster McGaw in honor of Jeanne Vail, class of 1946. Just as it was intended to do, the Series enriches the artistic experience of the entire Denison community.


This festival is a way of introducing the Denison University Woodwind Department to woodwind students.