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Sponsored by the Office of the President, the University Lecture Series provides a forum for speakers of national and international importance to enhance scholarly and scientific learning and to stimulate the intellectual climate of the university and surrounding communities.

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2021 University Lecture: Race and Democracy by Cornel West

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual.  He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of  Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth College, and the University of Paris.  Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.

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2019 University Lecture Photos

Steven Rothstein, Laurie Leshin,and James Green
Laurie Leshin speaking to the audience
Students listening to the presentation
Steven Rothstein speaking to the audience
Students listening to the presentation
Students listening to the presentation
James Green speaking to the audience
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Steven Rothstein, James Green, and Laurie Leshin
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Students listening to the presentation
Students asking the panel questions
James Green answering a question

2019 Video Highlights

Highlights from the 2019 presentation from Space Exploration: Past, Present, and Future, A Celebration of 50 Years Since Apollo, featuring James Green, NASA Chief Scientist, and Steven M. Rothstein, Executive Director, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Previous University Lectures

2019-2020 Academic Year

"The Edison of Medicine: Robert Langer’s Quest to Solve Global Health Challenges Using Biotechnology​"

ROBERT LANGER, Sc.D., Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


 2018-2019 Academic Year

"Space Exploration: Past, Present and Future, A Celebration of 50 Years since Apollo"

JAMES GREENNASA Chief Scientist and STEVEN M. ROTHSTEINExecutive Director, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation


2017- 2018 Academic Year 

"Technology and Humanities: Building the Leaders of the Future"

SCOTT HARTLEY, Author, Venture Capitalist, and Startup Advisor


2016- 2017 Academic Year 

"Engineering Future Entrepreneurs"

CARL J. SCHRAMM, University Professor


2015- 2016 Academic Year

“The Global Ergonomics of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: Combating Feat Through Innovation”

PAMELA MCCAULEY, PHD, CPE, Engineer, Educator, Expert, Entrepreneur


2014 - 2015 Academic Year

Prioritizing Our Greatest Problems Versus Prioritizing Our Efforts to Find Solutions

BJORN LOMBORG, Director of Copenhagen Consensus Center and Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School