E. Bruce Kirkham

The Friends' annual dinner has included a speaker each year since its inception. At the 2000 dinner, then provost and president of the Friends Board of Governors Warren Vander Hill announced that future presentations at the annual dinner would officially be known as the "Kirkham Lectures." The named lecture honors E. Bruce Kirkham, professor of English at Ball State and the first executive secretary of the Friends.

Kirkham conceived and started the Friends group when the A. M. Bracken Library opened in 1976, then served as executive secretary until his retirement from Ball State in 2000. Kirkham returned to the university in 2001 to give the first Kirkham lecture at the Friends dinner.  The Kirkham Lecture is published and distributed to members of the Friends each year. We are pleased to now make these lectures available on this web site.


2016    "'And Many More!' Building on Bracken Library's 40 Years of Service"   Matthew C. Shaw

2015    "Parks, People, and Culture: The Indiana State Parks and Ball State"
               Ronald Morris

2014    "The Lenape on the Wapahani River"
               Christopher Flook

2013    "Storm Chasing at Ball State: Reflections After Five Years and 45,000 Miles"
               David Call   

2012    "The Virtual Middletown Project: Next Generation Teaching and Learning
            Using Game Technology"
               John Fillwalk

2011    "Capturing the Soul of Indiana" 
               John Bower

2010     "Changing Gears: The Closing of BorgWarner and the End of an Era" 
               James J. Connolly and Justin T. Jones

2009    "Movers and Stakers: Stories along the Indiana National Road" 
               Nancy Carlson

2008     "George Dale: Then and Now" 
               J. Andrew Dale

2007     "Civil War Battlefield Preservation"
               Frank Bracken

2005     "In Defense of Literary Biography" (.pdf
               Gary Scharnhorst

2004     "Amazing Discoveries and Inventions and Other Productions of Muncie 
               Phil Ball

2003      "Bernard Shaw, Theatre, and Pedagogy: A Backward Glance into the Future" 
                (.pdf) (PowerPoint
               Michael M. O'Hara

2002     "Native American Music" (.pdf
               Luke Eric Lassiter

2001      "Libraries, Mrs. Stowe, and Me" (.pdf
               E. Bruce Kirkham