Abel Lecture Series

‚ÄčThe Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide invites to campus distinguished scholars to discuss the past, present and future of worldwide genocide. ‚ÄčThe series focuses on the impact of historical events such as the Holocaust and mass murders in Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America.

The endowed lecture series was established in 2009 through a $100,000 gift by the family of Dr. Harold Abel to honor and memorialize his 44-year career as an educator, which included a 10-year term as president of Central Michigan University from 1975 to 1985. Dr. Abel died in 2002.

March 20, 2024 - Panel Discussion

Abel advisory committee

The Abel Endowed Lecture Series advisory committee includes Central Michigan University faculty from a variety of disciplines, Mount Pleasant community members and representatives from Harold Abel's family.

Matthew Abel
Son of Harold and Iris Abel

Seyna Abel
Daughter-in-law of Harold and Iris Abel

Prakash Adhikari
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Central Michigan University

Christi Brookes
Professor of French, Central Michigan University

Richard Hayes
MSA Professor, Central Michigan University

Hope May
Professor of Philosophy, Central Michigan University

Elizabeth Meadows
Professor Psychology, Central Michigan University

Kelly Murphy
Assistant Professor of Religion, Central Michigan University

Marko Schubert
Study Abroad Advisor, International Affairs, Central Michigan University