The Presidential Lecture Series brings prominent speakers to campus for thought-provoking conversations around an annual theme. These events are free and open to the public. Since 2005, the Presidential Lecture Series has our community unique opportunities to hear diverse perspectives by hosting a wide variety of famous authors, actors, politicians, athletes, journalists, and activists.
At this time, no Presidential Lecture Series events are scheduled for the 2017–18 academic year.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
March 30, 2017
Moderated by Alexander Heffner, The Open Mind (PBS)
Author, Pivotal Tuesdays
November 2, 2016
Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist
January 31, 2017
Professor of animal science, best-selling author, and Autism activist
United States Senator from Iowa from 1985 to 2015 and Author, Americans with Disabilities Act
Model, actress, dancer, Paralympic bronze medalist
Actress, professional standup comedian, and writer
Advocate for disability by adventure exploration and adaptive recreation. SPC, U.S.
Emmy-nominated actress, television producer, transgender advocate
Broadway actress, writer, producer, promoting solidarity among women
Apple co-founder, designer of the Apple I and Apple II
Former NFL player with Green Bay Packers, advocate for disadvantaged youth
Entertainment Host, Reporter and model
"It Takes a Village"
Conservative Author, Former Presidential Speechwriter
"An Evening with David Frum"
American futurist, theoretical physicist and popularizer of science
Founder and Executive Director of American Women Veterans
President, The Ohio State University
President of Miami University since 2006
American environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney
Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium
Deep-Sea Explorer and Discoverer of the Titanic
First Responder for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
Community Transformation Expert
National Expert on Disability Rights Law
Author and former child soldier from Sierra Leone
Author, Artist, and Advocate for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws
Extreme Skier and Founder of the Save Our Snow Foundation
America's #1 Populist
Award-Winning Journalist and Author
President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities
Author, educator, and historian
Philosophy professor and "gay moralist"
Ultra-edurance athlete and humanist
National correspondent for The Atlantic and award winning writer
Expert on human-technology relations
Author of the bestseller The Medici Effect
Co-author of bestseller Three Cups of Tea
"Innovative Strategies for Employing Veterans and People with Disabilities"
Nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist
Former head of special initiatives at Google
Director of Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences
Author of No god but God and expert on Islam
Polar explorer, educator, and lecturer
Author of Fun Home and award-winning cartoonist of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For
Best-selling author and entertainer
"An Evening with Bertice Berry"
Professor of literature and author of What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?
Feminist Scholar, Writer, and Social Activist
Bestselling co-author of Freakonomics
Acclaimed actor & producer, and leading social activist
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times columnist
"The World as I See It"
Professor of Sociology at Yale University
Member of Democratic Forces Party and Activist
"Emerging Democracy in Africa"
Pulitzer-Prize Winner and Author of Collapse
"An afternoon with Dr. Jared Diamond"
Self-made millionaire and author of the autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness
Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology
Vice President for student life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"An Afternoon with Dr. Manning Marable"
Host of History Detectives and director of the Center for Africana Studies
Renaissance Woman and Writer
Cultural advisor to the Peace Corps and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Social theorist and public intellectual
National Council of Women of Kenya and Pan African Green Belt Network.
John Anson Ford Award Winner and national spokesperson.
"We're All in the Same Gang"
Author of Live Your Dreams & It's Not Over Until You Win
"An Afternoon with Ruby Dee"
Humanitarian, Donald Wright Award Winner, and M*A*S*H Actor
Founding Member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
British neurologist, writer and Professor of Neurology
Award-Winning Journalist and Civil Rights Activist