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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.

Fall 2014 Speaker Lineup

President’s Lecture Series Featuring Amy Cosper

09/25/2014 7:00 PM - 09/25/2014 8:30 PM

September 25, 2014 President’s Lecture Series featuring Amy Cosper, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine 7:00 p.m. North Cafeteria, Webb University Center For more information, please contact Son Nguyen at snguyen@odu.edu ( More )

President’s Lecture Series - 37th Annual Literary Festival Featuring Chef Jeff Henderson

10/07/2014 7:30 PM - 10/07/2014 9:00 PM

President’s Lecture Series 37th Annual Literary Festival Chef Jeff Henderson 7:30 p.m. North Cafeteria, Webb University Center. Please contact Son Nguyen at snguyen@odu.edu for more information. ( More )

President's Lecture Series Featuring Wes Moore

11/04/2014 7:30 PM - 11/04/2014 9:00 PM

November 4 – Wes Moore - Best-Selling Author, Army Combat Veteran, Social Entrepreneur, and Executive Producer and Host of the PBS Series Coming Back with Wes Moore 7:30 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center ( More )