University Forum Lecture Series previous speakers

Fall 2019

  • Heather Booth - film "Changing the World"
  • Wendy Rouse - "Women's Suffrage, Self-Defense, and the Struggle for Equality in the Progressive Era"
  • Safiya Noble - "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism"
  • Celeste Montoya - "From Seneca to Shelby: Intersectionality and Women's Voting Rights"
  • Janet Jakobsen - "Sex and Suffrage: A Politics of Possibility"


  • Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. - "With Justice for All: Human Rights at Home and Abroad"


  • Nicholas Kristof - "Why Students Should Care About the World & Change It"


  • David Pogue - "America and Science: The Path to Success in the Unrecognizable New World of Tech and Culture"


  • Carl Zimmer - "A Journey to the Center of Your Brain"
  • Mae Jemison - "Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential"


  • Morris Dees - "With Justice for All"
  • Timothy DeChristopher - "A Movement with Soul"
  • Mary Frances Berry - "Whatever Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?"


Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center as part of the university's celebration of Martin Luther King Day

  • Andrew Solomon - "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & and the Search for Identity"
  • Soledad O'Brien - "An Evening with Soledad O'Brien"


Joint Sponsorship with the Morgan Lectures in the Sciences

  • Michael Mann - "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars"
  • Harold McGee - "The Chemistry of Food and Cooking"


Theme: Borders and Bridges: What Divides Us, What Unites Us

  • Reza Aslan - "Understanding Muslims and the Future of the New Middle East"
  • Barbara Martinez Jitner - "On the Border of a New America: Wall of Shadows"


  • Peter Bergen - "Osama’s War: Global Terrorism and the Urgency for a Stable Afghanistan"
  • Harold Holzer - "Why Lincoln Matters–To History, To Our Presidents, and Us"
  • Edward Larson - "The Scopes Trial in History and the Theater"

Theme: The Darwin Bicentennial Celebration Continued

  • Michael Ruse - "Darwin at Two Hundred Years Old: Does He Still Speak to Us?"
  • James Costa - "Charles Darwin and the Origin of the Origin"
  • Sean Carroll - "Into the Jungle: The Epic Search for the Origins of Species and the Discoveries that Forged a Revolution"
  • Paul Ewald - "Darwinian Insights into the Causes and Prevention of Cancer"
  • Jonathan Weiner - "The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time"
  • Elisabeth Lloyd - "Darwinian Evolution and the Female Orgasm: Explanations and Puzzles"
  • Niles Eldredge - "Darwin, the Beagle, and the Origin of Modern Evolutionary Biology"


Theme: The Darwin Bicentennial Celebration

  • Eugenie Scott - "Why Darwin Matters"
  • Jay Hosler - "Comic Books, Darwin and the “E” Word"
  • John Haught - "Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?"
  • Ken Miller - "Is Evolution “Only a Theory?”: Charles Darwin and the Design of Life"
  • Janet Browne - "Commemorating Darwin: 1809-2008: A History of Prior Darwin Celebrations"


  • Gloria Steinem - "The Progression of Feminism"