Delta Gamma

MU Lectureship

Since 1996, the Mu Chapter Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics has partnered with the University of Missouri, selecting speakers based on its mission to preserve and promote ethical behavior and values. Twenty-two (22) Lectureships have been presented, including such notable speakers as Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE (2014), Tim Gunn (2015), and in 2016, Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose book inspired the film Concussion, starring Will Smith. This fall, we are proud to welcome Jeannette Wells, author of the award-winning novel The Glass Castle, to our campus.

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Delta Gamma and the University have always been interested in promoting character development and a sense of social responsibility among our community. These lectures explore values and ethics as they relate to personal and professional development in today’s changing world.

The University of Missouri and Mu chapter alumnae and collegians met the challenge and raised the initial funds for the Lectureship endowments in 1996. The inaugural Fall Lecture, presented by Homer H. Hickam, Jr., author of October Sky, in 1999, met with resounding success. In the following years, a host of stellar lectureships were presented including:


  • 2018, Jeannette Wells, author of the award-winning novel The Glass Castle
  • 2017, Daymond John, branding and marketing expert, investor on the television series Shark Tank
  • 2016, Dr. Bennet Omalu, MD, first to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players, portrayed in the film Concussion, starring Will Smith
  • 2015, Tim Gunn, prominent in the world of fashion, mentor on the television series Project Runway, author of four books, his latest emphasizes mentorships, teaching and learning
  • 2014, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace
  • 2014, Elizabeth Smart, survivor of a kidnapping in Utah, and advocate for the prevention of child abduction
  • 2013, Aimee Mullins, Paralympic athlete, model and member of the Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports
  • 2012, Frank Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can, and the inspiration for the film and award-winning musical of the same name
  • 2011, Aron Ralston, outdoorsman, author, engineer, and inspiration for the film, 127 Hours
  • 2010, Sean and Collins Tuohy, portrayed in the film The BLIND Side
  • 2009, Lisa Ling, CNN journalist and international correspondent
  • 2009, Joan Brock, author of More Than Meets the Eye
  • 2008, Jeff Corwin, Animal Planet star and conservationist
  • 2007, Christopher Gardner, portrayed in the film The Pursuit of Happiness 
  • 2006, Dr. Ronan Tynan, Paralympic GOLD medalist and opera singer
  • 2005, Dr. Sally Ride, first female astronaut
  • 2004, Sylvia Nasar, author of, and inspiration for the movie, A Beautiful Mind
  • 2003, Antwone Fisher, protagonist of the book Finding Fish
    and movie Antwone Fisher
  • 2002, Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • 2001, Herman Boone, coach from Remember the Titans
  • 2000, Patricia Russell McCloud, author of A Is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living
  • 2000, Mitch Albom, author of Tuesday’s with Morrie
  • 1999, Homer H. Hickam, Jr., author of October Sky
  • 1999, Maureen Syring and Marilyn Fordham, former Delta Gamma Council President
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