Our mission is to support research and scholarship, to foster intellectual community and academic enrichment among all Denisonians, and to provide an interdisciplinary space for the open exchange of ideas, perspectives, and arguments.

Our Strategic Priorities:

1. Establish An Intellectual Hub

Build campus-wide commitment to a vision of the Lisska Center as the Denison hub for intellectual engagement, scholarly recognition, and dialogic community across disciplines and demographics

2. Strengthen Student Accessibility

Systematically and strategically strengthen accessibility to and engagement with Lisska Center academic and intellectual enrichment opportunities, as well career and life-launch resources for all students.

3. Foster Faculty Engagement

Reimagine the idea of faculty engagement within a scholarly community and invest resources in the deepening of intellectual connection and community at Denison.

4. Dialogue Across Difference

Combining legacy projects and new initiatives, provide a highly curated highly interdisciplinary program portfolio that encourages participants to probe subjects of intellectual importance, engaging in meaningful dialogue across difference.


In 2016, the Gilpatrick Center for Fellowships and Student Research was rededicated as the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement in honor of Philosophy professor, Dr. Anthony Lisska. Reinvigorating the Gilpatrick Center as the Center for Scholarly Engagement is a strategic priority for the college. Our aim is to create a stronger, single point of contact for mentorship, programming, funding, advocacy, and leadership in relation to intellectual and scholarly life on campus.

Contact Us


Adam J. Davis

Director of the Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement
The John and Christine Warner Professorship

Corey Efron

Assistant Director, Fellowships

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