Old Dominion University provides students, staff, faculty, alumni, the general public and surrounding communities with many opportunities to interact with nationally and internationallly renowned faculty, visiting scholars, and dynamic speakers from various fields and disciplines.
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.
ODU Presents is a lecture series focusing on the university's research initiatives and outreach efforts and featuring engaging speakers from a variety of disciplines. These lectures are free and open to the public.
The annual Wallenberg Lecture is sponsored by the Marc and Connie Jacobson Philanthropic Foundation. Speakers for the Wallenberg Lecture are chosen by the University. They must be humanitarians - those who are "making the world a better place" - balanced in their philosophical beliefs, and not at either extreme of the social spectrum.
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.