Poteat Lecture

The 2022 Poteat Lecture was held on

April 6, 2022, at 4 p.m. in Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium. 

Dr. Simeon Ilesanmi, Wake Forest University Professor of Religious Studies, spoke on “Human Dignity in the Age of Disrespect.”

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.


Simeon Ilesanmi

Dr. Ilesanmi received his PhD 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.

Poteat Lecture Series

Academic Year Date Speaker Department Title
2021-2022 April 6, 2022 Simeon Ilesanmi Study of Religions Human Dignity in the Age of Disrespect
2020-2021 March 31, 2021 Alan Brown Education Lizzie, Mamie, & Mo’ne: Exploring Intersectionality through an Examination of the History of Women in Baseball
2018-2019 April 9, 2019 Ellen Miller Anthropology Decoding Messages from the Past
2017-2018 April 11, 2018 Stan Meiburg Sustainability Sustainability and Leadership
2016-2017 April 12, 2017 Claudia Kairoff English Raising Her Voice:  A Critical Edition of The Works of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
2015-2016 April 25, 2016 Miles Silman Biology Real-World Sustainability and the Future of Andean and Amazonian Biodiversity
2014-2015 April 21, 2015 Mary Foskett Study of Religions Biblical Studies and the Humanities: Reflections on Past Practices and New Directions
2013-2014 April 28, 2014 Sam Gladding Counseling Beyond Active Listening: Creativity, the Arts and Positive Mental Health
2012-2013 April 9, 2013 Mary Deshazer English/Womens & Gender Studies Representing Breast Cancer in the Twenty-first Century
2011-2012 April 12, 2012 Dan Locklair Music Following My Muse:  The Music of Dan Locklair
2010-2011 April 4, 2011 Katy Harriger Politics & International Affairs What Does Brown Mean?:  The Supreme Court, School Desegregation, and Legal Change
2009-2010 April 5, 2010 Eric G. Wilson English Forgiveness, the Gates of Paradise, and William Blake’s Nervous Fears
2008-2009 March 26, 2009 Paul D. Escott History The Lincoln Icon:  Thinking About Myth and Reality in our History
2007-2008 April 16, 2008 Susan Fahrbach Biology Plastic Bee Brains
2004-2005 March 17, 2005 David Coates Political Science Campaigning in Poetry, Governing in Prose:  Tony Blair and New Labour Britain
2003-2004 March 18, 2004 Earl Smith Sociology The Modern World System:  Academics and Athletics in the New Millennium
2002-2003 November 4, 2002 Dilip K. Kondepudi Chemistry The Enigma of Asymmetry
2001-2002 October 24, 2001 Paul M. Ribisl Health and Exercise Science The Next Y2K Problem – Obesity:  Genes, Gluttony or Sloth?
2000-2001 March 29, 2001 Margaret Supplee Smith Art The Magic Mountain:  Imagination and Image in the Making of American Ski Resorts from Sun Valley to Sunday River
1999-2000 April 5, 2000 Candelas Gala Romance Languages From Parody to Pathos:  Lorca, Dalί, Bunuel, in the artistic and cultural landscape of the 20th century Spain
1998-1999 February 18, 1999 Deborah Best Psychology Gender and Culture
1997-1998 November 19, 1997 Raymond Kuhn Biology Health: The United States and the Third World