The James P. Curtis Distinguished Lecture Series was created by the Capstone Education Society to bring an educator or public figure to the campus each year to lecture about contemporary education issues. It was named in honor of Dr. James P. Curtis, a faculty member in the College for 23 years. During his service as Professor of Administration and Educational Leadership and Assistant Dean of the Bureau of Educational Services and Research, Curtis influenced the lives and careers of countless students who have become prominent educators.
The Julie Laible Memorial Lecture Series on Anti-Racist Scholarship, Education and Social Activism honors the memory of Julie C. Laible, who was an assistant professor in the College when she was killed unexpectedly in 1999. Laible was known for her community involvement through such programs as the Community Anti-Racial Group, which she helped found, as well as Aid to Inmate Mothers. Her research concentrated on methods to better education for young minorities.