​The 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. ​The series focuses on the impact of historical events such as the Holocaust and mass murders in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. 

Image of Dr. Harold Abel from 1985.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 passed away in 2002.


Guest Speakers

Past Guest Speakers


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
Attorney
Son of Harold and Iris Abel

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

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

Nicole Sparling Barco
Honors Program Director, Central Michigan University

Christi Brookes
Professor of French, Central Michigan University

Richard Hayes
MSA Professor, Central Michigan University

Sterling Johnson
Professor of Political Science & Public Administration, Central Michigan University

Hope May
Professor of Philosophy, Central Michigan University
Director, Center for International Ethics

Kelly Murphy
Assistant Professor of Religion, Central Michigan University

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

Affiliated Staff

Administration
Richard Rothaus
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
989-774-3341
rotha1r@cmich.edu

Administrative Support
Katy Lemorie
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
989-774-3341
lemor1ke@cmich.edu

Publicity & Media Inquiries
Sarah Buckley
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
989-774-1788
Sarah.J.Buckley@cmich.edu