WWU’s New Lonner Lecture Series Now Accepting Proposals

Western Washington University’s new Lonner Lecture Series is now accepting proposals for funding. The purpose of these funds is to support a university-wide lecture with emphasis on psychologically-oriented approaches to the study of culture. 

This will be a yearly series, with applications invited from any department or office on campus.  Scholars of international and national reputation will be invited to share their knowledge with the campus community.  Western’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research (CCCR) commits to $15,000 per year to fund this series.  


 Faculty or staff from any department or college may submit a proposal (see proposal template attached below).  While there is flexibility on the proposed activities (e.g., seminars, workshops, lectures), the proposed event must include:

  • A focus on empirically grounded approaches to culture that are psychological in nature
  • A presentation open to the general public 
  • Student engagement with and access to the speaker
  • Faculty engagement with and access to the speaker
  • A detailed budget for the event


Applications that address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion will be given preference.

Administration and Selection

Review and selection will be conducted by the director and Advisory Board of the CCCR.  Primary responsibility for arrangements lies with the proposing department(s)/college(s), and detailed event planning support must be solicited and budgeted for through Conference Services, if applicable.  

Timeline for Event planned for 2020-21 school year 

  • Call for proposals: January 2020.
  • Proposals Due: March 1, 2020 (send via email to Kate.McLean@wwu.edu)
  • Award Notification: April 15, 2020
  • Campus-Wide Announcement of Award: May 2020
  • Event to occur during the 2020-21 school year

For more information on the new Lonner Lecture Series, contact Kate McLean, director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Research, at kate.mclean@wwu.edu.


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