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.
This video collection contains some of the PLS speakers who were taped with a digital video camera (2016-present) and those whose presentations were converted from raw video tape. The majority of pre-2016 PLS videos are available on DVD or VHS in the Special Collections & University Archives Department in Perry Library. Search the Online Catalog for the whole series.
Lectures from 2019
An Evening with Claudia Rankine, Claudia Rankine
Lectures from 2018
DonorsChoose.org, Charles Best
Lectures from 2017
Roz Chast, Roz Chast
Lectures from 2016
Douglas Brinkley, Douglas Brinkley
Social Activist & Co-Creator #BlackLivesMatter, Alicia Garza
Lectures from 2013
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Joseph Nye Jr.
Lectures from 2008
"Sports: The Hype and the Hoopla", Frank DeFord
Lectures from 2006
Iraq, Guantanamo and Human Rights, Terry Waite
Lectures from 2004
"Darwin, Kant and Biodiversity", Harry Greene
"Black America at War: From George Washington ... Bush", Gail Buckley
Lectures from 2003
"When Memory Speaks", Jill Conway
Lectures from 2002
"Braided Histories: Jews, Africans and Philosophies in 18th-Century Suriname", Natalie Zemon Davis
Lectures from 1998
Sir Ghillean Prance, Ghillean Prance
Lynne V. Cheney, Lynne V. Cheney
Bettina Gregory, Bettina Gregory
Lectures from 1997
Arianna Huffington, Arianna Huffington
William F. Buckley, William F. Buckley
Cathy Rigby, Cathy Rigby