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Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Series is presented by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership to enhance the environment of the University and local community by engaging thought-provoking speakers in discussions on various topics of cultural, political and social importance. The series will be held in the Givens Performing Arts Center. Seating is free and open to all faculty, staff, students, and the general public.

Past Distinguished Speakers Series:

  • 2012-13
  • 2011-12 series included Cory Booker and Frank Warren.
  • 2010-11 series included Erin Gruwell, Adam Beach, Judy Shepard, and Hill Harper.
  • 2009-10 series included Bill Nye, Chuck D, Valerie Plame Wilson, Sheryl Swoopes (Cancelled), and Jodie Sweetin.
  • 2008-09 series included Arianna Huffington, Patch Adams, Lou Gossett, Jr., and Doug Flutie
  • 2007-08 series included Rosie Perez, Bob Woodward, and Senator Bill Bradley.
  • 2006-07 series included Nancy Grace, Mo Rocca, Nikki Giovanni, Pat Buchanan, and James Brown.
  • 2005-06 series included Catherine Crier, Nicholas Sparks. Tavis Smiley, and Roy Firestone.
  • 2004-05 series included Mark Russell, Judy Woodruff, Cornel West, and Dick Vitale.
  • 2003-04 series included Soledad O'brien, Billy Mills, Dave Barry, and Spike Lee.
  • 2002-03 series included Lynne Russell, Jane Elliott, Henry Winkler, James Earl Jones, Rita Moreno, and Kelvin Sampson.
  • 2001-02 series included Erin Brockovich, Ralph Nader, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Sherman Alexie
  • 2000-01 series included Oliver North, Deborah Norville, Bruce Jenner, Julian Bond and James Carville.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at 910.521.6482.