Office of the President

President’s Lecture Series

The purpose of the Presidential Lecture Series is to promote intellectual discussions and foster interdisciplinary exchanges or ideas across schools and departments.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to invite members of our local community to come to the University to hear outstanding scholars.

October 8, 2014

Dr. Mark A. Emmert
President, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Topic: “The Collegiate Model for the 21st Century”

November 19, 2012

Verne O. Sedlacek
President & CEO, Commonfund
Topic:  “What’s Next?  Global Policy and Economic Challenge Ahead”

February 21, 2012

Lobsang Sangay
Prime Minister of Tibet
Topic:  “Democracy in Exile:  the Case of Tibet”

November 9, 2011 

Dr. Jean M. Twenge
Author and Professor of Psychology at San Diego State Univ.
Topic:  “The Narcissism Epidemic:  Implications for Education & the Workplace”

March 29, 2011

Dr. Mel Goldstein
Topic:  “Growing Up Dr. Mel”

April 22, 2010 

Dr. Story Musgrave
Topic:  “The Beauty of Nature – The Art of Technology”

March 25, 2008

Amy Chua, J.D.
Yale Law School
Topic:  “The Rise and Fall of Hyperpowers:  Tolerance, Intolerance, and Lessons for America”

March 12, 2007

Dr. Timothy H. Breen
Professor of American History
Northwestern University
Topic:  “It Rained Dead Cats and Dogs the Day the Revolution Began: Ideology and Popular Resistance 1775”

April 24, 2006 

James Martin
Author & Founder of the James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford University
Topic:  “The Meaning of the 21st Century:  A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring our Future”

November 10, 2004

Dr. Robert H. Frank
Henrietta Johnson Louis Profess of Management and
Professor of Economics at Cornell University
Topic:  “Does Rising Inequality Harm the Middle Class?”

April 14, 2004

Mia Farrow
Topic:  “Finding Meaning in Life”

October 10, 2002

James Earl Jones
Topic:  “The Culture Quest”

April 23, 2002

Gillian Martin Sorensen
Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations for the United Nations
Topic:  “The U.S. and the United Nations:  A New Chapter”

May 2, 2001

Dr. Abdel Hamid Bouab
Officer-in-Charge, Public Finance and Private Sector Development for the United Nations
Topic:  “The Role of the United Nations in the World Today”

April 13, 2000 

Senator George Mitchell
Former U.S. Senator from Maine
Chairman of the Peace Negotiations in Northern Ireland
Topic:  “Working toward peace in Northern Ireland”

October 12, 1998

Rebecca Adamson
Founder & President, First National Development Institute
Topic:  “Rediscovering Native Americans”

April 23, 1998

Dr. Swadesh Rana
Senior Political Affairs Officer
Department for Disarmament Affairs
United Nations
Topic:  “Present Day Conflicts and New Initiatives at the United Nations”

April 8, 1997

Dr. William van Althena
Professor of Astronomy
Yale University
Topic:  “Towards the Edge of the Universe”

April 18, 1996

Dr. Daniel Bahat
Governmental Department of Antiquities
District Archeologist for the city of Jerusalem
Lecturer, Department of the Study of the Land of Israel, Bar-Ilan University
Topic:  “Discovering Jerusalem – Excavating 3000 Years of History”

April 26, 1995

Dr. Jane Goodall (First Presidential Lecture)
The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation