Throughout the academic year, Emmanuel offers the College community various opportunities to engage in thoughtful discussion about current issues and topics related to Emmanuel's mission.

Aside from the College's two main series—the Wyant Lecture Series and the Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Seriesdepartments and offices often present specialized lectures and roundtable discussions, which can be found on the Emmanuel events calendar.

The Office of Multicultural Programs offers Through the Wire, the College's diversity lecture series and, since 2014, the Emmanuel College Class of 1971 has, through the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the Dorothy Day Lecture Series, to honor liberal arts as the foundation and inspiration for meaningful social action.

Wyant Lecture Series

The Wyant Lecture Series features speakers in the humanities, history and the arts. This endowed professorship was established by the late Louise Doherty Wyant '63 and her husband, Dr. James Wyant, in honor of Sister Anne Cyril Delaney, SND. Sister Anne Cyril was a professor of English at Emmanuel for 26 years. Through her teaching and her intellectual breadth, Sister Anne Cyril exemplified the values and relevance of the humanities and had a profound influence on generations of students.

Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture

This annual lecture series was established by Dr. Raymond Hakim in honor of his late wife, Catherine McLaughlin Hakim '70. A sociology major at Emmanuel, Catherine studied under longtime sociology professor Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND, who left an especially indelible mark on her student experience. 

The lecture series commemorates Catherine's life, her fondness for Emmanuel, and the relationships she formed at the College and continued to maintain throughout her life. The Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Sociology. Lectures focus on issues of sociology, social justice and public policy on the local, national and international levels.