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Paideia Connections

Engaging Scholarly Conversations

The Paideia Connections lecture series at Southwestern University features short talks by two faculty members from diverse fields about their recent scholarly work. Following their talks, members of the campus community and the general public are encouraged to engage in thought-provoking discussions and invited to share connections they make between the presentations. "Paideia Connections" takes its name from Southwestern's Paideia curriculum, which encourages students and faculty members to make connections between various disciplines and disparate ideas. In collaboration with Southwestern's Brown Chairholders and University Scholars, President Edward Burger initiated the series in spring 2014, and serves as the event moderator.

Recent Paideia Connections events have included talks by Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Emily D. Niemeyer:

Elaine Craddock

Professor of Religion

Blessed by the Goddess, Cursed by Men: The Ritual and Social Lives of Transgender Indians

Elaine Craddock: Profile

Emily D. Niemeyer

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Holder of the Herbert and Kate Dishman Chair in Science

Fertile Ground for Analysis: Factors Affecting the Production of Antioxidants in Plants

Emily D. Niemeyer: Profile


Preview the Paideia Connections conversation with Elaine Craddock and Emily D. Niemeyer

Series Kick-Off

  • On March 24, 2014 Southwestern University launched the Paideia Connections lecture series. The first lecture featured Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, and Maria Todd, associate professor of biology.

About Connections


Paideia Connections is sponsored by the Brown Chairs, Office of the President, and Office of the Dean at Southwestern University.

For more information contact: Dr. Ben Pierce, Professor of Biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair at 512-863-1974 or