The Department of Communication's Speech area proudly hosts two endowed-lecture series, each presented on an annual basis. Each lecture allows us to bring in top scholars from the field of communication to discuss their research and its benefits to us. Each presenter adapts his/her remarks to the general public.

The Emil C. Weis Lecture is presented every fall.

The Joseph H. Low Lecture is presented in the spring.

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Dr. Joe Low spent his entire academic career in the Department of Speech Communication at Southeast.  He received his B.A. from Baker University.  He received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver.  As a professor at Southeast, he served as assistant director of forensics, graduate studies advisor, interdisciplinary studies advisor, professor of Mass Communication and debate coach.  He developed and taught classes in public speaking, interpersonal communication, managerial communication and group discussion. 

Dr. Low was one of the most admired teachers at Southeast.  He was heavily involved in homecoming and athletics.  As a booster, he was an ardent fan of the athletic teams at the University.  He also was actively involved in the community.  He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club and a major supporter and fundraiser for St. Francis Hospital.  In 1998, Dr. Low retired and moved to Arizona.

This lecture series has been made possible by a generous endowment from Mrs. Mildred Low in honor of her son, Joe, who was a professor at Southeast Missouri State University from 1962 to 1998.  The lecture annually brings distinguished leaders and scholars in communication to our campus.

Academic Hall 213

Communication Studies
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701