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
Nationally renowned sportswriter Christine Brennan told a President’s Lecture Series audience March 4 that she was honored to speak at Old Dominion University because of its commitment to equality in women’s athletics. ( More )
From Sochi to ODU: Best-selling Author and Sportswriter Christine Brennan to Speak for President’s Lecture Series
Christine Brennan, a best-selling author and one of the country’s best-known sportswriters, will visit Old Dominion University on Tuesday, March 4, as part of the President’s Lecture Series. ( More )
Former ODU Art Professor Was Among America’s Monuments Men, the Subject of Wallenberg Lecture on Feb. 20
Robert M. Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” the 2009 book that first focused attention on the brave actions of this small unit of fewer than 350 Allied soldiers, will speak at ODU Thursday, Feb. 20. ( More )
“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 )
Sal A. Giunta, the first living American to earn the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War and author of the book “Living with Honor,” will give the Old Dominion University President’s Lecture Series address on Thursday, Nov. 14. ( More )