Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture on Community

The Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture

Creating and sustaining an inclusive Northwestern experience requires open, authentic communication; inspired leadership; and a commitment to social justice. The Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture features scholars and/or practitioners who are making significant intellectual and practical contributions to support thriving communities. Each year our featured lecturers challenge our assumptions about our role in community, help us understand ourselves and others, and give us tools to succeed.

The annual spring lecture honors the legacy of the late Gregg A. Kindle, Director of Residential Life and Assistant Dean of Students from 1986 to 2003. Gregg worked at Northwestern for 22 years and was passionate about developing inclusive residential communities. He cared deeply for students and led department efforts to create timely and innovative campus programs, some of which continue today, such as the SafeRide program, the LGBT support network, and anti-sexual assault education initiatives. Gregg is remembered for his contributions to the development of a new generation of residential living areas including ACCI, Kemper Hall, and Slivka Hall. He also helped create the first residentially based coffeehouse/café, which led to the development of Lisa’s Café on north campus.

Past Distinguished Lecturers

2015: Patrick Day "50 Shades of Purple: The Uncomfortable Intimacy of Community"

2014: Dr. Vijay Pendakur "The Only Constant is Change: A New Approach to Managing Inter-Cultural Conflict" and "Understanding Privilege and Leading with Responsibility"

2013: Dr. Maura Cullen “Building Inclusive Communities”

2012: Vernon Wall “One Better World”

2011: Dr. Harry Boyte “We the People: Students and the Global Movement for Civic Empowerment”

2010: Paul Rogat Loeb “Personal Belief, Community, and Making a Difference in a Cynical World”