Intellectual collaborations thrive in environments where ideas are shared, freely and respectfully, among individuals representing different backgrounds and perspectives. This is why the Neubauer Collegium regularly opens its conversations and inquiries to the public. Indeed, some programs are explictly designed to enhance connections between the world of humanistic research and society at large. Among the most successful public engagement programs is the Roman Family Director's Lecture series, made possible through the generous support of the University Trustee Emmanuel Roman, MBA'87. Launched in the fall of 2014, the series brings distinguished speakers to campus to share their insights with faculty, students, and the broader community. Speakers address fundamental challenges to the world today as well as enduring problems that confront us simply because we are human.