Poteat Lecture

Named in honor of Hubert McNeill Poteat, who taught at Wake Forest University from 1911 to 1956 and was widely known and respected as a Latin scholar, this lecture series is designed to recognize and celebrate the many achievements of our faculty in research, scholarly, and creative work. The annual lectures are held each spring and are alternately sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

The 2022 Poteat Lecture

Dr. Ilesanmi received his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University and his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law. He teaches courses in comparative ethics, international human rights, religion and law, ethics of war and peace, and African religions. He is the author of Religious Pluralism and the Nigerian State (Ohio University Press, 1997) and numerous articles and book chapters on African religion, ethics, war and politics. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Religious Ethics and serves on the editorial boards of several other learned journals. His current and ongoing research interests focus on human rights, ethics of war, and religion, law and politics in Africa.

Simeon Ilesanmi
Professor Simeon Ilesanmi

Poteat Lecture Topic:

“Human Dignity in the Age of Disrespect”


Poteat Lecture Series

DateSpeakerDepartmentTitle
April 6, 2022Simeon IlesanmiStudy of ReligionsHuman Dignity in the Age of Disrespect
March 31, 2021Alan BrownEducationLizzie, Mamie, & Mo’ne: Exploring Intersectionality through an Examination of the History of Women in Baseball
April 9, 2019Ellen MillerAnthropologyDecoding Messages from the Past
April 11, 2018Stan MeiburgSustainabilitySustainability and Leadership
April 12, 2017Claudia KairoffEnglishRaising Her Voice:  A Critical Edition of The Works of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
April 25, 2016Miles SilmanBiologyReal-World Sustainability and the Future of Andean and Amazonian Biodiversity
April 21, 2015Mary FoskettStudy of ReligionsBiblical Studies and the Humanities: Reflections on Past Practices and New Directions
April 28, 2014Sam GladdingCounselingBeyond Active Listening: Creativity, the Arts and Positive Mental Health
April 9, 2013Mary DeshazerEnglish/Womens & Gender StudiesRepresenting Breast Cancer in the Twenty-first Century
April 12, 2012Dan LocklairMusicFollowing My Muse:  The Music of Dan Locklair
April 4, 2011Katy HarrigerPolitics & International AffairsWhat Does Brown Mean?:  The Supreme Court, School Desegregation, and Legal Change
April 5, 2010Eric G. WilsonEnglishForgiveness, the Gates of Paradise, and William Blake's Nervous Fears
March 26, 2009Paul D. EscottHistoryThe Lincoln Icon:  Thinking About Myth and Reality in our History
April 16, 2008Susan FahrbachBiologyPlastic Bee Brains
March 17, 2005David CoatesPolitical ScienceCampaigning in Poetry, Governing in Prose:  Tony Blair and New Labour Britain
March 18, 2004Earl SmithSociologyThe Modern World System:  Academics and Athletics in the New Millennium
November 4, 2002Dilip K. KondepudiChemistryThe Enigma of Asymmetry
October 24, 2001Paul M. RibislHealth and Exercise ScienceThe Next Y2K Problem – Obesity:  Genes, Gluttony or Sloth?
March 29, 2001Margaret Supplee SmithArtThe Magic Mountain:  Imagination and Image in the Making of American Ski Resorts from Sun Valley to Sunday River
April 5, 2000Candelas GalaRomance LanguagesFrom Parody to Pathos:  Lorca, Dalί, Bunuel, in the artistic and cultural landscape of the 20th century Spain
February 18, 1999Deborah BestPsychologyGender and Culture
November 19, 1997Raymond KuhnBiologyHealth: The United States and the Third World