Illinois State University Professor of Social Work Daniel Liechty will be speaking as the fall College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. “Chasing Our Tales: Mortality Awareness and the Deep Structures of Human Motivation and Experience” is the title of this talk.

Liechty specializes in teaching human development across the life span. His research at Illinois State focuses on social work and spirituality.

With eight books and several published journal articles under his belt, he serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work.

Liechty is the secretary of the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) and sits on the McLean County Board of Supervisors Ethics Commision. He also acts as Treasurer for the Religious School of Moses Montefiore Temple.

An Illinois State University faculty member since 1999, he has served seven years on the Academic Senate as a member and chair of several committees.

The Arts and Sciences Lecture Series holds a fall and spring lecture every academic year. The lecturers have been recognized for their outstanding scholarly contributions to Illinois State and their field.