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.




Jennifer Boylan "Stuck in the Middle With You: Parenthood in Three Genders" March 16, 2016
Benjamin Todd Jealous Mass Incarceration and Justice in America February 17, 2016
Matthew Crawford "The World Beyond Your Head" November 11, 2015
Michael Twitty "Afroculinaria" October 21, 2015
Henry Munoz III Latino Culture and Identity September 23, 2015
Matt Taibbi The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap March 25, 2015
Mary Pipher, Ph.D. The Green Boat: Sustaining Our Planet and Each Other February 11, 2015
Elaine Richardson, Ph.D. PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life November 12, 2014

Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter

An Evening with Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter

September 22, 2014

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 Survival

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


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 History 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