Wyoming Catholic College
Annual Lecture Series


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Each year, Wyoming Catholic College welcomes lecturers from the wider academic community to the town of Lander—distinguished men and women who contribute complementary perspectives across a wide range of disciplines. This year’s lecturers (and the dates of their presentations) are:


Hon. J. Leon Holmes, Ph.D., J.D., Wyoming Catholic College
Judge Holmes joins Wyoming Catholic College as a visiting instructor for the fall semester of 2020 after a 35 year legal career in Arkansas, the last 15 of which he spent serving as a United States District Court judge.  In addition to his legal career, he has taught at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California.  He and his wife, Susan have five children—one of whom is our own Dr. Jeremy Holmes—and 17 grandchildren.

David Clayton,
Thomas More College
David Clayton is an artist, writer, and teacher who grew up in England and is a graduate of Oxford university. He is the Provost of Pontifex University, a Visiting Fellow at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in new Hampshire, and has an international reputation as a painter, with major commissions in both the UK and the US. Mr. Clayton is the founder of Claritas: The Journal for Catholic Culture & Arts and is a regular contributor to the New Liturgical Movement website. In addition to his writings, he has published two books about the connection between sacred art, culture, and their connection to the liturgy.

Michael Bolin, Ph.D., Wyoming Catholic College
Dr. Bolin has previously taught undergraduate philosophy at the University of Dallas; mathematics, natural science, and Latin at Faustina Academy in Irving, Texas; and mathematics and natural science at Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in Center Harbor, New Hampshire. He specializes in the work of Aristotle and Aquinas, particularly as they apply to the philosophy of religion. His other personal interests include Latin, sacred chant and polyphonic music, and computer programming.

Frederick Turner, University of Texas at Dallas
Frederick Turner is a poet, a cultural critic, a playwright, a philosopher of science, an interdisciplinary scholar, an aesthetician, an essayist and a translator. He is the author of 28 books, including Natural Classicism: Essays on Literature and Science; Genesis: an Epic Poem; and Rebirth of Value: Meditations on Beauty, Ecology, Religion and Education. His plays Height and The Prayers of Dallas have been performed in various locations. He is a winner of the Milan Fust Prize (Hungary’s highest literary honor), the Levinson Poetry Prize (awarded by Poetry), the PEN Dallas Chapter Golden Pen Award, the Missouri Review essay prize, the David Robert Poetry prize, the Gjenima Prize, and several other literary, artistic and academic honors. He has participated in literary and TV projects that have won a Benjamin Franklin Book Award and an Emmy, respectively. He is a fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters, and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004 and every year following 2006. Turner earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oxford University. He is also a second degree black belt in karate.

Susan Hanssen, University of Dallas
Susan Hanssen received her graduate degree in history from Rice University in Houston, TX. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Boston University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). During the summer of 2008 she was adjunct professor for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation at Georgetown University. She was the 2010-2011 Garwood Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

In past years, the Lecture Series has been open to the General Public. Sadly, this year’s series has been closed, as part of the College’s COVID protocols, but we are live-streaming them whenever possible. Visit our Live-Stream page for more information.