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The Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series, funded by Lesley University Chair of the Board Hans Strauch and the Mosse Foundation, brings world-renowned artists to campus.

More than a third of Lesley’s undergraduate and graduate students are engaged in the arts, whether through the university’s art and design, creative writing, community arts, or expressive therapies programs. This visiting artist lecture series serves as a catalyst for artistic and cultural inquiry. It reinforces arts integration across our schools. And best of all—it’s free and open to the public.

Black and white photo of Nick Lehane

November 18, 2021: Breathing Life: The Mysterious Power of Puppetry

Award-winning theater maker and puppet artist Nick Lehane reflected on the history of puppetry and its ability to cross the “liminal space” between worlds and, in so doing, to ignite imagination and empathy.
Headshot of Julie S. Powell

April 14, 2021: It All Matters: Regrets and Reinvention

Professional artist Julia S. Powell discussed her personal journey from high school athlete to corporate attorney to professional full-time artist. She shared the mistakes that turned into gifts, and encouraged viewers to reinvent themselves at any stage in life.

Chief Lynn Malerba pictured in her regalia

March 11, 2021: Broken Promises to Indigenous People

Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba, 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, discussed how colonization and subsequent United States policy has affected our Indigenous nations and how our sovereign tribal nations engage with the sovereign that is now the United States.

Lesley's Chair of the Board Hans Strauch standing in front of a picture of Berlin

October 24, 2019: Hans Strauch Resurrects Family History in Berlin

Lesley's Chair of the Board Hans Strauch shares remarkable journey and legacy.

Past Lectures
“Lesley is unique in that its mission reaches far beyond its own student body to engage neighboring communities, schools, and organizations. We’re proud to play a role in furthering students’ education through exposure to influential visiting artists, and by extending this exciting cultural offering to the general public.”
Hans Strauch, Lesley's Chair of the Board