Sponsored by the Meyer family and other donors, the Bruce F. and Ildiko B. Meyer Endowed Lecture Fund provides financial support for the Honors College to host a lecture series in memory of the late Professor Bruce Meyer and his wife, Ildiko.
Bruce Meyer, who died in 1998, joined the Ball State architecture faculty in 1973. He was named interim dean of the Honors College in 1996 and was appointed dean in 1997. He also was director of the Whitinger Scholars program and previously served as acting associate dean and assistant to the dean in the College of Architecture and Planning.
Ildiko B. Meyer, who died in 1999, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah and received a master's degree in psychology from Ball State. She had been a school psychologist for New Castle and Muncie Community Schools. She was a member of the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Horticultural Society.
2014-2015 Richard Rubin, author, The Last of the Doughboys: the Forgotten Generation.
2013-2014 Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of graphics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Senior Consultant for Judaica at Sotheby's, "Celebrating Marriage in Jewish Art: Medieval and Modern Interpertations."
2012-2013 Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English, Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Knox College, "Big Stories, Little Stories: Literature and the Meaning of Life."
2011-2012 Nancy Sultan, Professor and director of Greek and Roman Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University. "Jackie Onassis and the Classical Tradition."
2009-2010 Barbara A. Shailor, Deputy Provost for the Arts, Yale University. "Medieval Manuscripts and the American Dream of Democracy: The Life of Otto Ege."
2008-2009 Doug Jones, Hollywood actor and Ball State alumnus, "Identity: The Man and the Mask." Co-sponsored by the Alice Proctor Killey Fund and the Ball State University Emens Professorship.
2007-2008 James R. Dow, University Professor of German Emeritus and Guggenheim Fellow, Iowa State University, "German and Austrian Nazis reinvent the Past Through Folklore and Linguistics."
2006-2007 Alba Sanchez, writer, actress, and comedian, "The Bronx Witch Project," a one-woman show.
2004-2005 Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University, "Anne Frank and the Politics of Holocaust Memory."
2003-2004 Giuseppe Morganti, Superintendency of Archaeology, Roman Forum, "The Emperor's Garden: Archaeological Heritage and Urban Development in Rome from the 19th Century to the Year 2000."
2002-2003 Bharati Mukherjee, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California at Berkeley, "American Transformations."