Continuing Education

Garvey Institute of Law

Endowed in the fall of 2003, the Garvey Institute of Law serves to perpetuate Willard W. Garvey’s long-standing interest in graduate-level education and to enhance application of the analytical skills and legal knowledge gained from the study of law to business and professional practice within the American free enterprise system.

Throughout his life, Willard W. Garvey, Wichita-area philanthropist and entrepreneur, had a passion for building education and volunteerism, including a deep belief that a good legal education could enhance success in business. To this end, the Garvey Institute of Law provides significant enhancement and expansion to the already established excellent reputation of Friends University’s programs in business and human resource management, further enabling Friends University graduates to serve the business and professional community of Wichita and the surrounding region with excellence and integrity.

The Garvey Lecture Series invites distinguished speakers and experts to Wichita, serving as a resource to the legal, business and professional communities. These invited experts will provide lectures, workshops and/or short courses in current topics to students, professionals and community members in south-central Kansas.

Friends University appointed Dixie F. Madden the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Chair in Law in September 2003. As chair, Madden serves as the Founding Director of the Garvey Institute of Law.

Garvey Lecture Series

Since its inception in 2004, the Garvey Lecture Series continues to bring distinguished speakers to Wichita and serves as a resource for the community’s legal, business and professional communities. Each year, experts from diverse fields are asked to speak about topics that specifically focus on conflict resolution – from interpersonal to international relations.

2015 Garvey Lecture Series

The 2015 Garvey Lecture Series took place on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Best-selling author Ulrich Boser spoke on “The Science of Trust and Why it Matters”.
Additional past lecturers have included:

Pamela Meyer, ”Liespotting,” April 3, 2014

Pamela Meyer, the author of “Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception,” discussed how we can spot deceptions and seek out truth, allowing us to build more honest, constructive relationships. She works to help people become more adept at getting to the truth, including reading micro-expressions in the face, body language and behavior to spot dishonesty. Meyer is a certified fraud examiner and graduate of both Harvard University and Claremont Graduate School. She is CEO and founder of successful business incubation and development firm, Simpatico.

Martin Luther King, III, “My Father’s Dream, My Mission,” April 19, 2013

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by his parents and is continuing their quest for equality and justice for all people. Whether speaking to an audience in Mozambique or Mississippi, Israel or Indiana, his vision of the future has touched thousands. Motivating audiences around the world with his insightful message of hope and responsibility for nearly twenty years, King’s dedication to creating and implementing strategic nonviolent action to rid the world of social, political, and economic injustice has propelled him to the forefront as one of the nation’s most ardent advocates for the poor, the oppressed, and the disillusioned.

Noontime Forums

Each year, the Master of Science in Family Therapy (MSFT) program plays host to a series of lectures focusing on a particular topic or variety of topics to provide a brief and yet informative presentation relevant to the mental-health field. In addition to gaining useful information on clinical application, clinicians can earn continuing-education credit by attending (1 forum = 1 hour of CEU). Mental-health professionals and students are invited to bring a sack lunch and join us from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Marriage and Family Therapy facility.

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Teacher Education Workshops

Friends University offers graduate level workshops across a number of content areas and grade levels, supporting the needs of educators seeking relicensure opportunities, salary advancement and professional development. Workshops also provide elective options for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program, renamed the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed) program starting fall 2015.

Learn more about these workshops.

View the Spring 2016 Teacher Education Workshops brochure.

View the Fall 2015 Teacher Education Workshops brochure.