President's Lecture Series

The President's Lecture Series serves as a marketplace for ideas, featuring renowned speakers who share their knowledge, experience, opinions and accomplishments. Discussing timely topics, the series puts diversity first, offering an international lineup of authors and educators, business innovators and political figures.

The Series presents to the region a platform for equal exchange of dialogue and ideas. It began in 1991 with its first lecturer, James J. Kilpatrick, a controversial journalist in the 1950s against desegregation in Virginia's public schools. Kilpatrick spoke on campus in a traditional lecture format, including a question and answer session, which allowed for a source of lively dialogue and free speech, trademarks of the series. Today, the President's Lecture Series maintains this format and is free and open to the public.

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Submissions from 2019

An Evening with Claudia Rankine, Claudia Rankine

Submissions from 2018

Imbolo Mbue, New York Times Bestselling Author and PEN/Faulkner Award Winner, Imbolo Mbue

Tamron Hall, Award-Winning Journalist and Host of Deadline Crime, Tamron Hall

DonorsChoose.org, Charles Best

Submissions from 2017

Entrepreneur, Author and Philanthropist, Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, Adam Braun

Submissions from 2016

Social Activist & Co-Creator #BlackLivesMatter, Alicia Garza

Submissions from 2013

Medal of Honor Recipient and Author, "Living with Honor", Sal Giunta

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Joseph Nye Jr.

Submissions from 2008

"Sports: The Hype and the Hoopla", Frank DeFord

"With Knowledge Comes Responsibility: The Darfur Crisis", Mia Farrow

Submissions from 2006

Iraq, Guantanamo and Human Rights, Terry Waite

Submissions from 2004

"Darwin, Kant and Biodiversity", Harry Greene

"Black America at War: From George Washington ... Bush", Gail Buckley

Submissions from 2003

"When Memory Speaks", Jill Conway

Submissions from 2002

"Braided Histories: Jews, Africans and Philosophies in 18th-Century Suriname", Natalie Zemon Davis

Submissions from 1998

Sir Ghillean Prance, Ghillean Prance

Lynne V. Cheney, Lynne V. Cheney

Bettina Gregory, Bettina Gregory

Submissions from 1997

Arianna Huffington, Arianna Huffington

William F. Buckley, William F. Buckley

Cathy Rigby, Cathy Rigby