Upcoming 2023 Newell Lecture
Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies
October 19, 2023
L. Jackson Newell Liberal Arts and Sciences Lecture Series
In 2019, Honors faculty created a lecture series to showcase the faculty across campus for their contributions and showcasing them to a public audience. The lecture series was names for Jack Newell, because of his long-standing contributions to that liberal arts tradition in higher education.
Jack Newell, a historian and philosopher of higher education, joined the University of Utah as professor of higher education in 1974. He served for sixteen years as Dean of Liberal Education – now known as undergraduate studies. In that role, Jack relentlessly pursued passionate liberal arts and science faculty and persuaded them to teach undergraduate courses and to bring students along with them to the intellectual frontiers.
One of Jack's characteristics is how he lives his values by engaging the broader Utah community. He co-founded and taught in the Clemente Program for low-income adults downtown, a program which now—as a partnership between Utah Humanities, Honors College, Westminster College, and SLCC—has high school versions at East and West high school. This program serves as a pipeline for first-generation students to the U.
This fellowship and lecture series allows us to extend the Honors ethos of intellectual curiosity and liberal arts education to other faculty on this campus – and to continue Jack’s tradition of connecting the community to liberal arts and science faculty with a deep passion for their work.