University Lecture

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Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, 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.

2021 University Lecture: Storing and Computing with Information Stored as Molecules by Dr. George Whitesides

George M. Whitesides received his AB degree from Harvard University in 1960, and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1964 (with J.D Roberts).  He began his independent career at M.I.T., and is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard Univestiy.  His current research interests include physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, water, self-assembly, complexity and simplicity, origin of life, dissipative systems, affordable diagnostics, and soft robotics.


2019 University Lecture Photos

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

2020-2021 Academic Year

"Race and Democracy by Cornel West​"



 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