Oklahoma State University

Converse-Yates-Cate International Lectureship in the Humanities, Society and Religion

Hylsa S. ConverseyatesCate


The Converse-Yates-Cate International Lectureship in the Humanities, Society and Religion is a lectureship organized in honor of Hyla S. Converse (picture on left), Kyle Yates (middle picture) and Robert Cate (picture on right). The first lecture was in 1991. Since then many lectures over topics of interest in the humanities have been presented.  For a list of past lectures, please email us at philo@okstate.edu.


2016-2017 Lecture

"Arguments for the Existence of God"

by Dr. Richard Swinburne

Nolloth Professor of Philosophy Emeritus 
Oxford University

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Student Union Little Theater 




Dr. Converse taught at OSU with rare vigor and excellence between 1968 and 1988 after earning degrees at Smith College, Union Theological Seminary, and Columbia University. Born of missionary parents in Lahore, India, she never lost her love for the culture of her birthplace and made its history, religion, and art come alive for countless OSU students in her religious studies and humanities classes. In her 60's she made a grueling trek across the Kashmir mountains on a research expedition into the culture of the great Mogul emperors. Wherever she went, she brought back pictures and stories which delighted and informed. She won a University Outstanding Teaching Award during the later years of her career, but by then she was a legend among many students as an exquisite combination of grace, learning, and concern for the highest standards.



Two additional exceptional teachers of Religious Studies who taught at OSU were Dr.Kyle Yates, who died in 2001, and Dr. Bob Cates, who retired in 2002. Both men held the Phoebe Schertz Young Chair in Religious Studies. They devoted themselves to their students and were deeply appreciated by the transformations they accomplished in many young men and women that were lucky enough to have enrolled in their courses.


If you wish to make a contribution to the endowment for the Converse-Yates-Cate Lecture please send your contributions to:  The Converse-Yates-Cate Lectureship, OSU Foundation Box 1749 Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74076. Checks should be made payable to the "C-Y-C Lectureship-OSU Foundation."


If you would like to be kept informed of news, please send your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address to:  OSU Religious Studies Program, 246 Murray Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078 or email:philo@okstate.edu.