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Chesley Lecture Series

  • Brent Chesley

The Chesley Lecture Series, formerly the Aquinas Lecture Series, was renamed in 2017 in memory of Dr. Brent Chesley, who co-founded the series in 1991 along with Dr. Dan Brooks. Together they organized more than 200 presentations by Aquinas College faculty and staff for over 25 years until Brent’s death in 2017. The Chesley Lecture Series is held on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. throughout the academic year in the Loutit Room. Please see the calendar below for lecture topics.

Lecture Series Co-Organizers

We look forward to seeing you at the next event! Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Dr. Daniel Wagner

Dr. Jason Duncan

Spring Semester 2021:


Tuesday, January 19, 2021: Dr. Jason Duncan (History)
Sabbatical Report - The Little Magician’s Greatest Trick: Martin Van Buren and the Winning of the Presidency, 1836

The presidential election has been overlooked in the political history of the era from 1815-1845, often referred to as the Jacksonian Era.  In 1836, Vice President Martin Van Buren, who was neither a founding father or a military hero, as previous presidents had been, won the presidency through a national party he had helped to create.  Thus the 1836 election is an important milestone in the political history of the United States.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021: Dr. Stefani Boutelier (Education)
“Action Research in Higher Education” 

Dr. Boutelier has used action research to explore and navigate the SOE graduate thesis program. During this presentation, she will discuss her findings related to how action research applies to higher education, how work labs and accountability partners increase community during the independent phase of research, and how effective technology increases the infusion of these processes. 


Tuesday, March 16, 2021: Dr. Susan Hojnacki (Education/World Language)


Tuesday, April 13, 2021: Jen Lendrum (Sociology)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021: Deborah Steketee – Sustainable Business 
Sabbatical Report – “Extraordinary Returns: Culture, Social Capital and Climate Crisis Action”

Relying solely on market-based or regulatory approaches to deal with the climate crisis won't be enough to deal with the changes we are experiencing in the Anthropocene. What more can we do? This presentation highlights what we have learned about successful natural resources management and how those lessons apply to our collective future.