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Diversity Lecture Series Past Speakers and Videos

The Diversity Lecture Series has a long history of bringing to campus strong voices with varied view points whether lecturing on political thought, environmental issues, world health or the eradication of poverty, topics reflective of local and global concern.




Reza Aslan Youth Revolt: The Future of the Middle East April 16, 2014 (rescheduled from Feb. 12, 2014
Michele Norris Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race March 12, 2014
John Elder Robison Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's November 13, 2013
Emily Bazelon Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy October 23,2013
Jose Antonio Vargas

Immigration: Not Legal, Not Leaving

October 2, 2013

Susan Cain

Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

March 13, 2013

LZ Granderson Dare You to Move February 13, 2013
Douglas Rushkoff Digital Nation November 13, 2012
Kambri Crews Burn the Ground Down October 24, 2012
Jeff Chang Who We Be: The Colorization of America October 3, 2012
Naomi Wolf

Beyond Victimization: The Beauty Myth Revisited

March 14, 2012
Jeff Johnson

Everything I'm Not Made Me Everything I Am

February 15, 2012
Mazair Bahar

Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survivial

November 9, 2011
Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons

October 26, 2011
Nicholas D. Kristof

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women

September 26, 2011

Avraham Burg

Finding Reconciliation in An Era of Fear

Sep 29, 2010

Barbara Martinez Jitner On the Border of A New America: Wall of Shadows Oct 20, 2010

Stephen Prothero

Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know - and Doesn't

Nov 17, 2010

Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Deeper Black: The Meaning of Race in the Age of Obama

Feb 16, 2011

Lisa Shannon

A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Mar 16, 2011
Angela Davis Frameworks for Social Justice Feb 10, 2010
Brigitte  Cazalis-Collins

The Front Lines of the War Against Child Sex Trafficking

Mar 10, 2010
Shannon Brownlee Debunking the Myth of Poor Care for American Veterans Mar 11, 2009

Eric Alva

Ending Don’t Ask, Don't Tell

Oct 14, 2009
Prince Cedza Dlamini Global Forgiveness and Connectedness Nov 11, 2009

Morris Dees

With Justice for All

Apr 1, 2009
Dr. Robert D. Bullard Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism Feb 6, 2008
Terri Jentz Hiding in Plain Sight: Breaking the Cycle of Violence in our Society Mar 12, 2008
Amy Dickinson Aging in the 21st Century Nov 12, 2008

Ray Suarez

Media, Politics and Washington: An Evening with Ray Saurez

Oct 8, 2008
B.D. Wong Racial Self-image and the Model Minority Myth Dec 3, 2008
Paula Crisostomo The Struggle for Equity in Education: A Defining Moment in Chicano History Mar 14, 2007
Nikki Giovanni An Evening With Nikki Giovanni: Reflections on Race Feb 7, 2007
Dr. Richard Heinzl Lessons from Abroad: The Opportunities of a Borderless World Nov 14, 2007
Marcelo Suarez-Orozco

Immigration and the Future of Education

Oct 24, 2007
Sherman Alexie Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World Oct 18, 2006
Nancy Giles I'm Nancy and I'm a size 16: Beauty and Body Image Mar 15, 2006
Vali Nasr The Many Faces of Islam: Conflict, Faith and Politics Nov 29, 2006
Barry Scheck The Innocence Project: DNA and the Wrongly Convicted Mar 22, 2006
Dr. Joycelyn Elders Health Care Issues in the 21st Century Feb 8, 2005
Laurie Garrett Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health Mar 26, 2005
Bakari Kitwana The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture Feb 9, 2005
Rueben Martinez Latino Literature and Heritage Oct 12, 2005
Dr. Benjamin Carson Think Big Feb 11, 2004
Cristina Garcia Beyond the Hyphen: Identity in the Age of Multiculturalism Mar 10, 2004
Kyle Maynard Success Without Excuses Nov 17, 2004
Robert Thurman Conquering Terror: The Art of Happiness in Time of Stress Oct 13, 2004
Veronica Chambers Rise Above Feb 12, 2003
Kevin Jennings The American Dreams Nov12, 2003
Anchee Min From Mao to Sesame Street: One Women's Journey through the Culture Revolution Mar 12, 2003
N. Scott Momaday Heritage, Healing and the Land: The Spiritual Aspect of Landscape Oct 8, 2003
Henry Cisneros America's Role in the World: Globalization and the Clash of Cultures Oct 9, 2002
Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison An Unquiet Mind: Personal & Professional Reflections on Mental Illness Mar 13, 2002
Rebecca Walker Bi-Racial Children and Families Feb 13, 2002
Elizabeth Wurtzel Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America Nov 14, 2002
Kathryn Abdul-Baki Women in the Middle East Mar 14, 2001
Dave Pallone Who's Really on First Oct 2, 2001
Luis J. Rodriguez Creating Community Sep 12, 2001
Dr. Belle S. Wheelan Strategies for Sustaining Your Career and Life Goals Feb 21, 2001
Christopher Paul Curtis Environment, History, Creative Writing Feb 9, 2000
Dr. Jonathan Kozol The Author Speaks on Diversity Nov 8, 2000
Kathryn Kish Sklar Women Reformers and the Ethical Origins of Modern America,1900-1930 Mar 16, 2000
Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil Politics of Aging and Public Policy Issues of an Aging Society Oct 30, 2000
Marc Adams
Todd Tuttle
Being Gay and Coming Out Sep 13, 1999
Dr. Mary Frances Berry Achieving Diversity in the 21st Century Oct 20, 1999
Dr. Robert Bullard Unequal Protection Feb 10, 1999
Dr. Jose B. Cuellar Mexican-American Heritage Oct 9, 1998
Dr. Pritchy Smith Who Shall Have the Moral Courage? Nov 11, 1998
Sapphire Performance of her critically acclaimed book, PUSH Jan 14, 1997
Jonathan Kozol Author and educator at Calvin College Jan 22, 1997
Stacey Kabot Academy Award winner for documentary on domestic violence, "Domestic Violence-Defending Our Lives" Mar 9, 1997
Dr. David Carrasco Acquainting the audience with Latino life in America through a "street" and "academic" perspective Jan 23, 1996
Judy Richardson Civil rights movement activist, TV producer and lecturer.  An introspective look at the civil rights movement, its relevance and lessons for today Feb 27, 1996
Dr. Ronald Takaki A Different Mirror, A Hisory of Multicultural America Mar 26, 1996
Linda Villarosa A focus on black women's health and gay lesbian issues Apr 25, 1996
Xiaopo Huang China in the 90s and Beyond Sept 17, 1996
Ward Churchill Critical Issues in Native North America Nov 12, 1996
Judy Norsigian Exploring and resolving women's health and social issues Oct 24, 1995
Ron McNeal The Search for Sitting Bull: Lessons from Great Indian Leaders Nov 10, 1995
Sundiota Keita Kwanza - An African and African American celebrations of life and renewal Nov 28, 1995
Elaine Brown Former president of the Black Panther Pary, Resolving Problems of Racism, Gender Oppression & Class Disparity in America