About the Lecture
Old Dominion University's first endowed lecture series, the Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations, was established in 1985 and was modeled after the Weil Family Lecture on American Citizenship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Personal ties to the university and to the Hampton Roads community led the Waldo family to select Old Dominion as the home of their lecture series. Because of the area's significant military presence and proximity to an international port, the family chose international relations as the lecture series' theme.
Over the years, renowned speakers in the fields of government, foregin affairs, journalism, education and public servce have visited the campus and met with students and faculty. Their evening lectures are free and open to the public. Support for the lecture series comes from the Waldo family, friends and the business community.
The Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations honors the memory of Loren Pierce Waldo Jr., William Joseph Waldo, Robert Hendren Waldo, Susan Waldo O'Hara, Julia Ann Waldo Campbell and Harry Creekmur Waldo.