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.

Dorothy Day Lecture Series

The annual Dorothy Day Lecture Series was launched in 2013 by the Emmanuel College Class of 1971 to honor liberal arts as the foundation and inspiration for meaningful social action. The goal of the lecture series is to encourage ongoing engagement with issues of social justice among students, alumni and the general public. The Dorothy Day Lecture Series features speakers who are role models for contributing to positive social change. The series is named for Dorothy Day, a courageous 20th-century woman of faith who dedicated her life to the struggle for economic and social justice.

Learn more about the Dorothy Day Lecture Series.

In April 2023, Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of the award-winning independent news program Democracy Now! delivered the annual Class of 1971 Dorothy Day Lecture in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall, marking 10 years of the popular lecture series.

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 '70 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 '70 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. 

Learn more about the Hakim Lecture Series.

Emmanuel Business Collaborative Speaker Series

Each fall and spring, the Emmanuel Business Collaborative Speaker Series features distinguished leaders from various fields, offering valuable insights on integrating ethics and social responsibility into the corporate framework. 

The Emmanuel Business Collaborative Speaker Series was launched in the spring of 2020 as a means of fostering connections between Emmanuel students and local mission-driven businesses. These connections result in experiential and service-based learning experiences for our students and provide our local business partners with resources, knowledge and insights developed through the educational experiences of students in the Emmanuel College School of Business and Management. The goal of the EBC is to develop future organizational leaders with a commitment to social justice.