Leadership Impact Series


The James W. Moore Lecture

Aspirations, Arts and the Future

Ben Cameron

February 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Albert Taylor Theatre
Shilling Hall 

Free and open to the public

Millikin Welcomes Arts Advocate Ben Cameron

Ben Cameron Ted Talk

Ben Cameron is President of the Jerome Foundation, which supports emerging artists in Minnesota and New York City.  He also served simultaneously for two years as President of the Camargo Foundation, a residency center for artists, scholars and scientists in Cassis, France, which shares the common founder Jerome Hill.

From 2006-2015, Ben Cameron served as the Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York, NY, supervising a $15 million grants program focusing on organizations and artists in the theatre, contemporary dance, jazz and presenting fields, as well as a special $50 million initiative designed primarily to serve individual artists, above and beyond the annual budget. In recognition of the work during his tenure, the Foundation received the National Medal of the Arts from President Barak Obama in September, 2015.

Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the nonprofit professional theatre.  Other roles include Senior Program Officer at the Dayton Hudson Foundation, Manager of Community Relations for Target Stores (supervising its national grantmaking program) and Director of the Theater Program at the National Endowment for the Arts.  For nine years, he served as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.  He has addressed arts gatherings in nine foreign countries as well as throughout the US; has served on the national boards of the Arts and Business Council and Grantmakers in the Arts; and received honorary doctorates from Goucher College in Baltimore, and DePaul University in Chicago as well as an honorary MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

In 2007, he was one of five recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; in 2011 was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France; and in 2012 received the Sidney Yates Arts Advocacy Award from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.  He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Dramaturgy.

James W. Moore Lecture

The lecture was established in 1991 to honor the late James W. Moore of Decatur. Moore's children, Madeline and James "Mac" Moore, created the endowed fund to present speakers on campus who represent "innovative or progressive political or artistic views."

The T.W. Samuels Lecture Fund

Sam Quinones

March 5, 2019 7:00 p.m.
University Commons 
Bob and Debbi Johnston Banquet Rooms 

Join Millikin University for an evening with Sam Quinones, 30-year journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction.

Open to the public at no cost, this event is made possible by The T.W. Samuels Lecture Fund.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Dr. Willie Rockward

January, 21, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. public presentation and questions

University Commons 
Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms 

Free and open to the public

Dr. Rockward is the President of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). The NSBP is the largest and most recognizable organization devoted to the growth, development, and advancement African-American physics community.  

Composing Teams That Are Out Of This World

Suzanne Bell, Ph.D. 

November 1, 2018 7 p.m.

Albert Taylor Theatre
Shilling Hall, 2nd Floor

Free and Open to the public

Dr. Suzanne Bell is a tenured professor of industrial and organizational psychology in the College of Science and Health at DePaul University. Her research focuses on the strategic staffing of organizations, training and development, and team effectiveness. She is particularly noted for her expertise in team composition.

The U.S. Army and NASA have funded her research. In 2015, NASA awarded her and her collaborators a $1 million grant to create a predictive team composition model for long-distance space exploration (e.g., Mission to Mars). In 2016, NASA awarded the team, along with Russian collaborators, a second grant to cooperatively research the interpersonal compatibility of crews in prolonged isolation and confinement. Her research appears in top peer-reviewed journals such as American Psychologist, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizationl Research Methods. Her research and expertise has been covered in Harvard Business Review, Live Science, Scientific American, Discovery, and Smithsonian Magazine among others. She has received a number of awards and recognitions for her research. Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Pyschology.

The Thomas W. Ewing Lecture Fund

Former Governor Jim Edgar

September 17, 2018 7 p.m.
University Commons
Bob and Debbi Johnston Banquet Rooms

Join Millikin University for a community-wide conversation about public policy and service, hosted by Former Governor Edgar. James Edgar is an American politician who served as the 38th Governor of Illinois, spanning years 1991 to 1999. He served as Illinois Secretary of State from 1981 to 1991.

Open to the public at no cost, this event is made possible by The Thomas W. Ewing Lecture Fund. The Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship was created by Millikin and Congressman Ewing’s colleagues in recognition of his many years of public service. Ewing, a 1957 Millikin graduate, retired in 2001 after serving nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 15th District of Illinois.