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President's Lecture Series

President's Lecture Series

About the Lecture

The President's Lecture Series serves as a marketplace for ideas, featuring fascinating personalities who share their knowledge, experience, opinions and accomplishments. Discussing timely topics, the series puts diversity first, offering an international lineup of authors and educators, business innovators and political figures.

The Series presents to the region a platform for equal exchange of dialogue and ideas. It began in 1991 with its first lecturer, James J. Kilpatrick, a controversial journalist in the 1950s against desegregation in Virginia's public schools. Kilpatrick spoke on campus in a traditional lecture format, including a question and answer session, which allowed for a source of lively dialogue and free speech, trademarks of the series. Today, the President's Lecture Series maintains this format and is free and open to the public.

Past speakers have included: Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a globally recognized psychosexual therapist; Dr. Patch Adams, the physician and professional clown who was immortalized on film by actor Robin Williams; Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Costa Rica; actress Mia Farrow; Jean-Michel Cousteau, marine explorer, environmental activist, educator and filmmaker; General Wesley Clark, and Janet Reno, former United States Attorney General.

2013/2014 President's Lecture Series Lineup

President’s Lecture Series: Medal of Honor Recipient Says He Was Just a Soldier Doing His Job

“I am nobody special.” Those were the first words Sal A. Giunta spoke during his Old Dominion University President’s Lecture Series address on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The actions Giunta took on Oct. 25, 2007, in Afghanistan, charging a line of Taliban insurgents through the middle of a gunfight to rescue a comrade being carried away by the enemy, say otherwise. ( More )