Previous Speakers

2018-2019

  • Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. - "With Justice for All: Human Rights at Home and Abroad"

2017-2018

  • Nicholas Kristof - "Why Students Should Care About the World & Change It"

2016-2017

  • David Pogue - "America and Science: The Path to Success in the Unrecognizable New World of Tech and Culture"

2015-2016

  • Carl Zimmer - "A Journey to the Center of Your Brain"
  • Mae Jemison - "Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential"

2014-2015

  • Morris Dees - "With Justice for All" 
  • Timothy DeChristopher - "A Movement with Soul"
  • Mary Frances Berry - "Whatever Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?" 

2013-2014

Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center as part of the university's celebration of Martin Luther King Day

  • Andrew Solomon - "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & and the Search for Identity"
  • Soledad O'Brien - "An Evening with Soledad O'Brien" 

2012-2013

Joint Sponsorship with the Morgan Lectures in the Sciences

  • Michael Mann - "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars"
  • Harold McGee - "The Chemistry of Food and Cooking"

2011-2012

Theme: Borders and Bridges: What Divides Us, What Unites Us

  • Reza Aslan - "Understanding Muslims and the Future of the New Middle East"             
  • Barbara Martinez Jitner - "On the Border of a New America: Wall of Shadows"

2009-2010 

  • Peter Bergen - "Osama’s War: Global Terrorism and the Urgency for a Stable Afghanistan"
  • Harold Holzer - "Why Lincoln Matters–To History, To Our Presidents, and Us"

  • Edward Larson  - "The Scopes Trial in History and the Theater"

Theme: The Darwin Bicentennial Celebration Continued

  • Michael Ruse - "Darwin at Two Hundred Years Old: Does He Still Speak to Us?"

  • James Costa - "Charles Darwin and the Origin of the Origin"

  • Sean Carroll - "Into the Jungle: The Epic Search for the Origins of Species and the Discoveries that Forged a Revolution"

  • Paul Ewald - "Darwinian Insights into the Causes and Prevention of Cancer"

  • Jonathan Weiner - "The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time"

  • Elisabeth Lloyd - "Darwinian Evolution and the Female Orgasm: Explanations and Puzzles"

  • Niles Eldredge - "Darwin, the Beagle, and the Origin of Modern Evolutionary Biology"

2008-2009

Theme: The Darwin Bicentennial Celebration

  • Eugenie Scott - "Why Darwin Matters"

  • Jay Hosler - "Comic Books, Darwin and the “E” Word"

  • John Haught - "Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?"

  • Ken Miller -  "Is Evolution “Only a Theory?”: Charles Darwin and the Design of Life"

  • Janet Browne -  "Commemorating Darwin: 1809-2008: A History of Prior Darwin Celebrations"

2007-2008

  • Gloria Steinem - "The Progression of Feminism"

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