2023 Weter Lecture

The annual Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture for Meritorious Scholarship provides a public platform in which the claims of the liberal arts in the Christian university are espoused. Delivered each year by a SPU faculty member selected by the Faculty Status Committee, the Weter Lecture honors Winifred E. Weter, SPU professor emerita of classics. Her teaching career spanning 40 years (1935–75) exemplifies a life of Christian character and integrity. Her love for the study of classical languages and literature inspired a similar enthusiasm in thousands of her students, and this lecture continues that tradition of inspiration.

Alissa Walter

“20 Years After the Iraq War: Stories and Perspectives”

Alissa Walter, PhD
Assistant Professor of History

April 11, 7–8:30 p.m.

Upper Gwinn Commons

Lecture livestream 

April 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq. The 2003 Iraq War was a major turning point in changing the ways that Iraqis related to their own government and to their fellow citizens. Paying attention to Iraqis' stories about their lives under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship and during the tumultuous two decades that followed his fall sheds light on the forces that can unify or divide a society during periods of crisis and upheaval.

Q&A and reception to follow.