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These are exciting times at Clarke University! Our Arts at Clarke line-up for the fall semester is once again, very impressive. Our goal is always for these events to be stimulating, educational, and enjoyable for all.

The theme for our arts and lecture offerings the 2019-2020 academic year is Do Something! We want these events to inspire and motivate people to do. Find your passion. Pursue a goal with your whole heart. Help others. Get involved. Be engaged. Make a difference. Do Something!

This year’s events are designed to highlight this theme and showcase talented artists, musicians, actors, and lecturers from around the country – and from right here in our back yard.

Do Something! … and attend one of these fantastic events!

FALL 2019 Events


October 1
Milana Vayntrub
Taking Responsibility – Putting Your Passion Into Action
Mackin-Mailander Lecture

Milana is often recognized as saleswoman Lily Adams in AT&T’s commercials or as Sloane from This Is Us. However, her compelling story as a refugee and advocate for combatting the global refugee crisis is currently capturing the world’s attention.

7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
$10 general admission

For tickets, please call (563) 588-6377


October 8
Ry Meyer ’03
Winding Paths & Secrets: How Clarke Equipped Me for War, Peace, & Service
Mackin-Mailander Alumni Lecture

Ry is an immigration attorney for Catholic Charities. Ry graduated from Clarke in 2003 and then enlisted for a six-year active-duty Navy enlistment. After completing his service, Ry attended Vermont Law School before returning to Iowa to work for several years as an attorney in criminal prosecution. He now serves as an advocate for the immigrant population in the Dubuque Archdiocese.  

7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall


November 6
Emily Goodmann
Radio Activity: Media Preservation, Media Practice, 
& the Public Sphere
Mackin-Mailander Faculty Lecture

Dr. Goodmann is the Network Director for the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board’s Radio Preservation Task Force. She will discuss her work with the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF), and the importance of preserving older, ephemeral media formats at a time when our digital media universe is expanding at the rate of five trillion bits per second. Dr. Goodmann’s work with the RPTF recognizes that radio broadcasts are the largest untapped archive of primary sources related to political and cultural history in our country.

7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall


November 12
Sherry Ward: Stiff
Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts

Sherry Jo Ward’s Stiff is a solo, autobiographical comedy, and engaging first person account of what it means to re-assess one’s own goals and ambition when confronted with a life altering diagnosis. Stiff chronicles her struggle with Stiff Person Syndrome, an incredibly rare disease which impairs her mobility and causes unexplained pain.

7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
$10 general admission

Renowned Speakers

Aaron Thomas presenting to Clarke - Full Size
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Aaron Thomas speaking at the podium - Full Size
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Clarke student wearing Anthony Ervin's medal - Full Size
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Rachel Daack speaking during the Faculty Lecture - Full Size
Anthony Ervin holding his medal out to the crowd - Full Size
Mary Murphy lecturing at Clarke - Full Size
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Aaron Thomas smiling with student Gabby Waddick - Full Size
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