The annual Wallenberg Lecture is sponsored by the Marc and Connie Jacobson Philanthropic Foundation. Speakers for the Wallenberg Lecture are chosen by the University. They must be humanitarians - those who are "making the world a better place" - balanced in their philosophical beliefs, and not at either extreme of the social spectrum. More about the Series.

DVD or VHS videos are available in Special Collections & University Archives for the following: Patch Adams, Oscar Arias, Jaap Doek, Robert Edsel, Alan Gross, Richard C. Holbrooke, Rory Kennedy, Kati Marton, Elie Weisel, Betty Williams.


Lectures from 2021

Scott Harrison: Founder and CEO of Charity: Water and New York Times Best-Selling Author Streaming media available, Scott Harrison

Lectures from 2019

Bryan Stevenson: Lawyer, Social Justice Activist, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson

Lectures from 2018

Charles Best: Streaming media available, Charles Best

Lectures from 2017

Adam Braun: Entrepreneur, Author and Philanthropist, Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise Streaming media available, Adam Braun

Lectures from 2016

Alan Gross: Sentenced to Five Years in Cuban Prison, Alan Gross

Lectures from 2014

Robert Edsel: "Monuments Men for the Preservation of Art", Robert Edsel

Lectures from 2012

Immaculee Ilibagiza: "Left to Tell: A Story of Peace, Hope and Forgiveness", Immaculee Ilibagiza

Lectures from 2011

Greg Mortensen: Humanitarian and Best-Selling Author of Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortensen

Lectures from 2009

Jonathan Kozol: "In Praise of a Beautiful Profession: Educators Working in the Front Lines of the Public Schools", Jonathan Kozol

Lectures from 2008

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

Kim Phuc: Icon of the Vietnam War, Kim Phuc

Betty Williams: "Creating Safe Havens for the World's Children", Betty Williams

Lectures from 2007

Jaap Doek: "Reducing Global Violence: The Role of Protecting Children", Jaap Doek

Lectures from 2006

Elie Wiesel: "An Afternoon with Elie Wiesel", Elie Wiesel

Lectures from 2004

Rory Kennedy: "The Camera Doesn't Lie: Social Change Through Documentary Film Making", Rory Kennedy

Lectures from 2002

Richard C. Holbrooke: "AIDS: The Humanitarian Crisis", Richard C. Holbrooke

Lectures from 2000

Óscar Arias Sánchez: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Former President of Costa Rica: "The Struggle for Peace in the New Millennium", Óscar Arias Sánchez

Lectures from 1999

Dr. Patch Adams: "Passion and Persistence: Following Your Dream", Patch Adams