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Past Lectures

2015–2016


Eric Olson, Retired four-star Admiral, Navy SEAL, and former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command

The World at Night


Bill McKibben, Environmental activist

The Climate Fight Reaches Its Crucial Stage


James Carville, Liberal best-selling author, actor, producer, and talk-show host

Mary Matalin, Conservative political author, television, and radio host

All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics


2014–2015


Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Leadership Lessons of History: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents


Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, television host, Internet icon, and superhero of the sciences

This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe


Anthony Chan, Chief Economist, J.P. Morgan Chase

The Global Economy


Garrison Keillor, Host of public radio’s live variety show A Prairie Home Companion

An Evening with Garrison Keillor


2013–2014


Jeanette Walls, Author

The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons
Walls is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Glass Castle, which recalls her unconventional upbringing in the care of unorthodox parents.


Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup and Author

The Coming Jobs War
Jim Clifton is the CEO of Gallup and the author of The Coming Jobs War, which explains how and why those who create and control the job market also control our future.


2012–2013


Mia Farrow, Actor and Activist

With Knowledge Comes Responsibility: The Darfur Crisis
Farrow has devoted her life to humanitarian causes. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has fought to eradicate polio. Her latest effort raises awareness of the genocide occurring in Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic.


Jeffrey Toobin, News Analyst and Author

Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Jeffrey Toobin is a high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker. Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time.


Jon Meacham, Historian and Author

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Jon Meacham is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston, former editor of Newsweek, and executive vice president and executive editor at Random House Publishing.


Naomi Tutu, Human Rights Advocate

Hard Conversations: Talking About Race and Racism
Naomi Tutu is a lifetime advocate of human rights. Daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu, she was born in apartheid South Africa, but later lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


Grant Imahara, Robotics Engineer

Engineering in Entertainment
Grant Imahara was an animatronics engineer and modelmaker for George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, where he specialized in electronics and radio control. His film credits include Star Wars, The Matrix, Jurassic Park, and Terminator.


Susan Orlean, Author

My Encounters with Extraordinary People
Susan Orlean is the author of the best-selling book, The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Oscar-winning movie, Adaptation. Her latest work, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and The Legend tells the story of Rin Tin Tin's journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon.


2011-2012


Mitch Daniels

Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans
A creative and visionary leader, called “America’s Best Governor” by Ross Douthat of the New York Times, Mitch Daniels has served as Governor of Indiana since 2004. Previously, Governor Daniels enjoyed a successful career in business and government. His work as CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of Eli Lilly’s North American pharmaceutical operations, prepared him for the business of running the state. He served as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar, Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.


William Dunkelberg

Unemployment - How Can We Fix It?
William Dunkelberg is a nationally known authority on small business, entrepreneurship, consumer behavior and consumer credit, and government policy. He was reported by the New York Times to be one of four final candidates for Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 1981. He was the first recipient of the Small Business Administration's Research Advocate of the Year Award and the Abramson Scroll from the National Association for Business Economics in 2009.


Martha Raddatz

Global Hotspots from Yemen to Afganistan and the Arab Spring in Between
Martha Raddatz has reported many of the most compelling foreign and domestic news stories of our time from Washington D.C. and around the world. She was named senior foreign affairs correspondent after serving as chief White House correspondent during President George W. Bush’s last term. In addition to covering the White House, Raddatz traveled regularly to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In 2006, she was the first correspondent to report that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, had been killed in a U.S. air strike near Baghdad. In 2007, the White House Correspondents' Association awarded her the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage under deadline pressure. Raddatz joined ABC News in 1999 as State Department correspondent, where she covered the conflict in the Middle East and traveled to Africa, Pakistan, and India with Secretary of State Colin Powell. Her coverage at the State Department after the attacks of September 11 was recognized with a Peabody Award as well as an Emmy Award.


Michele Norris

The Grace of Silence and the Power of Words
A recognizable voice that embodies authority and calm, Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. Since 2002, Norris has hosted NPR's newsmagazine All Things Considered, public radio's longest-running national program.  Last year, Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election, and explores her own family's racial legacy. It has been called one of the best books of 2010 by The Christian Science Monitor.


Diane Ravich

Education Reform
Long-time historian and analyst of education, Diane Ravitch was an early proponent of accountability.  She now believes it actually undermines American education. She is Research Professor of Education at New York University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Ravitch co-writes the blog Bridging Differences and also blogs for Politico.com and the Huffington Post. Ravitch was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education, Lamar Alexander, in the George H.W. Bush administration. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, Ravitch led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards.


The Capitol Steps

The MOCK in Democracy - 100th Lecture
The Capitol Steps, a political satire comedy troupe, formed in the early 1980s when a group of Senate staffers working under the Reagan administration decided that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers. These former Congressional staffers know what it takes to turn Washington inside out. Between their members, they have served the public in eighteen Congressional offices and boast a combined 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience—so needless to say, there’s no shortage of material. They’ve performed for NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, and NPR—and five presidents. Their ability to take on both sides of the aisle has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Politico, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and more.


2010-2011


Sean Astin

On Acting, Leadership, and Other 'Very Important' Stuff
Actor Sean Astin will always be "Mikey" in the popular classic, The Goonies, and will forever be remembered for portraying Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yet, the film for which he is singularly identified is Rudy—the 1993 box office hit featuring him as a working-class dreamer and inspirational underdog in the Fighting Irish football program at Notre Dame. Astin has acted in more than 70 films, directed and produced an Academy Award-nominated short film, and written a New York Times bestseller—There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale. Lecture: Sept. 14


Ken Auletta

Googled: The Future of Media
Author and media columnist for The New Yorker, Ken Auletta is "the James Bond of the media world," wrote Business Week, "a man who combines the probing mind and easy charm of a top intelligence agent with the glamour that benefits the holder of a high-profile job." In his award-winning "Annals of Communications," Auletta profiles media personalities. "The Lost Tycoon," a story about Ted Turner, won the National Magazine Award. Auletta's new book, Googled: The End of The World As We Know It, is a New York Times business bestseller. He has written four other national bestsellers and has published articles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic. Lecture: Oct. 7


Andrew Ross Sorkin

Too Big To Fail
New York Times chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and columnist, Andrew Ross Sorkin, is a leading voice about Wall street and corporate America. He is the founder and editor of DealBook, an online daily financial news service published by The Times. Sorkin's New York Times recent bestseller, Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves, is the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the financial crisis developed into a global tsunami. The Economist, The Financial Times, and Business Week all named Too Big to Fail one of the best books of the year. New York Magazine described Sorkin as "the most famous financial journalist of his generation." Lecture: Nov. 10


Rick Steves

Perspective on Adventure, Culture, and a Changing World
Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series, Rick Steves' Europe, and the best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe—and Europeans— for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay. In his 2009 book, Travel as a Political Act, Steves suggests how travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. During the past 20 years, Steves has produced over 100 travel shows for public television. He hosts the popular weekly radio program, Travel with Rick Steves, and is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. Lecture: Feb. 16


Patrick Henry Hughes

Achieving Your Potential
Patrick Henry Hughes is a remarkable young man. He was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes or the abilty to fully straighten his arms and legs. Despite overwhelming challenges, Hughes started playing piano at the age of nine months. Today, he is a virtuso pianist, trumpet player, and vocalist. In his book titled I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dream, he recounts life lessons that are at the heart of his success. Hughes has appeared on Oprah, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Grand Ole Opry. Lecture: March 16


Tom Rush and Country Joe McDonald

Activism: Then and Now
In a moderated format with acoustic musical elements, Tom Rush and Country Joe McDonald discuss how music was used as an outlet for social commentary and protest in the 1960s, and society's response to national issues today. Rush helped shape the folk music revival in the '60s and its renaissance in the '80s and '90s. McDonald's music straddles the two polar events of the '60s—Woodstock and the Vietnam War. Both qualify as legends, and they are the best known names from the '60s rock era still performing. Lecture: April 27


2009-2010


Marlee Matlin and Henry Winkler

A Conversation with Marlee Matlin and Henry Winkler
When 12-year-old Marlee Matlin met Henry Winkler, “The Fonz” from ABC’s Happy Days, they struck a special bond instantly. Winkler met Matlin while she was attending a community theater where she began acting at seven years old. He enthusiastically told Matlin to follow her dream of becoming a professional actress despite her profound deafness. Lecture: Sept. 17


James Galbraith

James Galbraith’s Ivy League education and professional affiliations make him an ideal forecaster for America's financial health and economic climates elsewhere. He is the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair of Government/Business Relations and professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. Lecture: Oct. 14


Andrew Sullivan

Friendship: The Forgotten Relationship
Andrew Sullivan uses his columns, online blog, and frequent television appearances to question the present course of conservatism in America, arguing for the revival of conservative traditions for the Republican party, not religious ideology. Lecture: Nov. 10


Jamaica Kincaid

Reading and Growing Up Under Colonial Rule
Jamaica Kincaid skillfully tempers the boundary between poetry and prose. Born Elaine Potter Richardson, she left her native country of Antigua at age 16 bound for New York. Following years of college coursework and freelance writing projects, she secured a position at a teenage girl's magazine. Lecture: Feb. 11


Neil LaBute

Changing Course: The Serpentine Road to Success
Neil LaBute is a seasoned talent of stage and screen who has roots in Fort Wayne as well as IPFW. An assistant professor of theatre at the university in the early 1990s, he returned to the city later in the decade to film his directorial debut, In the Company of Men (1997), an award-winning, dark commentary on men who dislike women. Lecture: March 25


Christopher Buckley

An Evening with Christopher Buckley
Author and social/political satirist Christopher Buckley has compiled quite the life résumé to draw upon—merchant marine, magazine managing editor, best-selling author, and chief speechwriter to Vice President George H. W. Bush—all before he turned 30. Lecture: April 8


2008–2009


John L. Esposito

The United States and the Muslim World: What the Next President Should Know
A well-known promoter of strong ties between Muslims and Christians, John Esposito has urged the Vatican to make greater efforts to encourage such ties. Lecture: Sept. 24


Eugene Robinson

Politics and the Nation<
Eugene Robinson uses his column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected, and revelatory, new ways. Lecture: Oct. 21


David Baldacci

From Thriller to Tradition: Balancing Between Deadly Suspense and Wistful Southern Fiction
David Baldacci’s novels, populated with Secret Service agents, CIA sharpshooters, and less-than-ethical presidents, excite the imagination of readers everywhere. Lecture: Nov. 14


Hal Holbrook

Mark Twain Tonight!
Hal Holbrook is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor who is one of the great craftsmen of stage and screen. Lecture: Jan. 29


A.J. Jacobs

My Year of Living Biblically
A.J. Jacobs sees his life as a series of experiments in which he immerses himself in a project or lifestyle, for better or worse, then writes about what he learned. Lecture: March 26


Sandra Day O’Connor

And Justice for All
The first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1981 until her retirement from the bench in 2006. Lecture: April 23


2007–2008


Cheech Marin

An Interpretation of a Culture through Chicano Art
Best known as one half of the hilarious counter-culture, no-holds-barred duo of “Cheech and Chong,” Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. Lecture: Sept. 25


Carl Bernstein

Dysfunction: The State of American Politics and Journalism Today
In the early 1970s, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post and set the standard for modern investigative reporting. Lecture: Oct. 10


Samantha Power

The Age of Genocide
Human rights scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Lecture: Nov. 13


Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Genealogy and Genetics and the African-American Experience
One of the United States’ most influential cultural critics, Henry Louis Gates Jr. is both an eloquent commentator and formidable intellectual force on multicultural and African American issues. Lecture: Feb. 7


Jerry Greenfield

An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy
Jerry Greenfield wanted to be a doctor. Ben Cohen wanted to be a potter. Today, Greenfield and Cohen’s names are synonymous with socially responsible business and all-natural ice cream in innovative flavors through Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. Lecture: March 5


Daniel Glaser

National Security and the International Financial System
Daniel Glaser is the primary U.S. Treasury official for the development and coordination of international anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing policy. Lecture: March 25


2006–2007


Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran: An Evening with Dr. Azar Nafisi
Azar Nafisi is the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which offers a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. Lecture: Sept. 13


Seymour Hersh

American Foreign Policy
Seymour Hersh is one of America’s finest investigative journalists, uncovering some of the most important news stories of our times. He reveals what happens when governments seek to operate unhindered by the checks and balances of our constitutional system. Lecture: Oct. 17


Alfre Woodard

Who Are The Americans?
Committed to political activism in the United States and Africa, Alfre Woodard was among artists and activists who, in 1989, founded Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to democracy and equality in South Africa and civil rights in the United States. Lecture: Nov. 13


Bobby Moresco

One on One with Bobby Moresco
Hollywood screenwriter Bobby Moresco has achieved Academy Award-winning successes as the co-writer and producer of Crash and co-producer of Million Dollar Baby. Lecture: Feb. 19


Eric Schlosser

Fast Food Nation
Author of the national bestsellers Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, Eric Schlosser investigates hidden realms of American business and culture and their far-reaching effects on our lives. He challenges people to think about critical issues, including food safety, workers’ rights, the war on drugs, our prison system, marketing to children, and the obesity epidemic. Lecture: March 13


Gail Sheehy

Finding a Dream for the Second Half of Your Life
Called “America’s emotional tour guide” by The New York Times, Gail Sheehy offers dynamic programs based on her groundbreaking investigations and observations of men and women within different phases of their lives. Lecture: April 16


2005–2006


Mitch Albom

From Morrie to Heaven: Searching for a Meaningful Life
In September 2003, Mitch Albom released his first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times bestsellers list and sold nearly five million copies in its first year. Albom is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and hosts the The Mitch Albom Show, a nationally syndicated radio program. Lecture: Sept. 9


Boots Randolph

Living the Music
Saxophonist Boots Randolph has been bringing audiences to their feet since the early ’60s, when his signature song, “Yakety Sax,” first hit the airwaves. Randolph was the first to play sax on recordings with Elvis, and he also played on Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Al Hirt’s “Java,” REO Speedwagon’s “Little Queenie,” and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ ’Round the Christmas Tree.” He has over 40 albums to his credit on the Monument label. Lecture: Oct. 4


Jean Chatzky

Talking Money with Jean Chatzky
Jean Chatzky is the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show and the host of a series of money minutes, Talking Money with Jean Chatzky, on CNBC. She is the author of four books on personal finance, including her latest, Pay It Down! From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day. Chatzky was named an editor-at-large of Money in February 1998. Lecture: Nov. 8


Tavis Smiley

An Evening with Tavis Smiley
With his late-night television talk show, Tavis Smiley on PBS, and his radio show The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR, Tavis Smiley is the first American to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both PBS and National Public Radio. Smiley also offers political commentary twice weekly on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. In addition, he has authored eight books and has his own imprint (Smiley Books) with Hay House. Lecture: Feb. 17


Luis Rodriguez

Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
Luis Rodriguez is the author of several collections of poetry that have won a Poetry Center Book Award, a PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, and ForeWord magazine’s Silver Book Award, among others. His books for children are published in both English and Spanish. His work Always Running earned a Carl Sandburg Literary Award and was designated a New York Times Notable Book. Lecture: March 2


Liz Murray

From Homeless to Harvard
Liz Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity. By the time Murray was 15, her mom had died, and she was homeless. Determined to take charge of her life, she finished high school in just two years while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations. Lifetime Television produced a movie about Murray’s life entitled From Homeless to Harvard. Lecture: April 10


2004–2005


The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps: The Lighter SIde of Politics
The Capitol Steps political comedy troupe began in 1981 at a Christmas party in the office of former Senator Charles Percy. Like most things in Congress, they never knew when to stop. Over the past 20 years, the Capitol Steps have recorded 23 albums and appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Nightline, CNN’s Inside Politics, and dozens of times on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Lecture: Sept. 14


James Earl Jones

Freedom Through Literacy
James Earl Jones is known for his powerful and critically acclaimed stage and screen performances. He won two Tony Awards—one for his work in Great White Hope and the other for Fences. His appearance in the critically acclaimed CBS series Under One Roof and in NBC’s sitcom Frasier brought Jones Emmy nominations. Lecture: Nov. 9


Deepak Chopra

An Evening with Deepak Chopra
Acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Through his creation of The Chopra Center for Well Being in California in 1995, Chopra’s work is changing how the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Lecture: Dec. 10


Nikki Giovanni

An Evening with Nikki Giovanni
Over the past 25 years, Nikki Giovanni’s outspokenness, in her writing and in person, has made her one of the most widely read American poets. She prides herself on being “a black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Lecture: Feb. 2


David Brooks

The Landscape of American Politics
David Brooks’s goal as a commentator is to make conservatism attractive to both the East and West Coasts. He has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insights, and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. For some time a frequent contributor to The New York Times, he now writes a regular biweekly op-ed column for the newspaper. Lecture: March 17


Janie Fricke

The Reality of Fame and Stardom
Janie Fricke has gone from Indiana farm girl to internationally acclaimed recording artist. She was born in South Whitley, Indiana, and raised on a farm where her father taught her how to play guitar. From county fairs to corporate trade shows, live concerts, in recording studios, or before millions on television, Fricke's voice and personality have captivated audiences around the world. Lecture: April 13


2003–2004


P. J. O’Rourke

The Politics of Worry
With more than a million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer, P. J. O’Rourke has become one of American’s favorite political satirists. Lecture: Sept. 8


Ben Vereen

An Evening with Ben Vereen
A consummate entertainer who left his mark on the Broadway stage, concert circuit, in film and on television, Ben Vereen’s enduring success results from his unique ability to blend rare talent, artistic mastery, and discipline with a strong sense of social consciousness. Lecture: Oct. 2


Winona LaDuke

Politics, Motherhood, and Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective
An internationally respected Native American and environmental activist and author, Winona LaDuke fights for environmental justice issues in native America. She focuses particularly on energy policy, including nuclear waste, dam projects, coal strip mining, and alternative energy. Lecture: Nov. 18


B. D. Wong

All the World's a Stage: Supporting the Transformation from Exclusion to Inclusion
Known across generations as the compassionate and tireless Father Ray Mukada from the HBO series Oz, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Huang on NBC’s Law and Order: SUV, and as the voice of Captain Li Shang in Disney’s Mulan, B. D. Wong tells how his career choice has forced him to not only accept but embrace his racial identify. Lecture: Feb. 9


Richard Rodriguez

The Brown Round World: Beyond Multiculturalism and Diversity
One of America’s most respected essayists and master of the “personal essay,” Richard Rodriguez writes about the intersection of his personal life with some of the great vexing issues of America, including bilingual education, affirmative action, and understanding the role of race in America’s past and future. Lecture: March 31


Joyce Carol Oates

Reading and Commentary with Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates is one of America’s most versatile, serious writers and the author of a number of distinguished books in several genres. Often her vision is that of a highly complex America populated with presumably ordinary families who experience common yet intense emotions and relationships and who frequently encounter violence. Lecture: April 12


2002–2003


Charlie Trotter

An Evening with Charlie Trotter
Charlie Trotter started cooking professionally in 1982. His adept understanding of cultural influences and flavors from around the world are intuitively and spontaneously translated into his own highly original cuisine. Lecture: Sept. 4


Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Our Environmental Destiny
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has earned a reputation as a resolute defender of the environment, is chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and the senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Lecture: Oct. 9


Barbara Buhler Lynes

Solving Puzzles, Discovering O'Keeffe: the Georgia O'Keeffe Catalogue Raisonné
Barbara Buhler Lynes is the curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and author of the Georgia O’Keeffe: Catalogue raisonné. Lecture: Nov. 21


Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed
A respected and original social commentator, author, and journalist, Barbara Ehrenreich has been a contributing writer for Time magazine since 1990. Her articles, reviews, essays, and humor have appeared in range of publications. Lecture: Feb. 27


Henry Cisneros

America's Role in the World: Globalization and the Clash of Cultures
Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city—San Antonio, Texas—in 1981. Lecture: March 13


2001–2002


Rulon Gardner

Overcoming Obstacles
An athlete with a history of notable but obscure success, Rulon Gardner became a household name—and the pride of a nation—when he took the Olympic gold medal for wresting in Sydney in 2000. Lecture: Sept. 11


Cornel West

The War Against Parents
One of the first black scholars at Harvard University to receive the academic title of professor, the school’s highest faculty post, Cornel West teaches Afro-American studies and philosophy of religion. Lecture: Oct. 25


John Updike

John Updike: On Writing and His Recent Work
The author of the Rabbit series, John Updike has two Pulitzer Prizes, and is only the third American to be so honored. His other works include novels, volumes of poetry, and short-story collections. Lecture: Nov. 28


Dale Chihuly

Chihuly on Chihuly
Dale Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glassblowing as a studio art and the broader contemporary interest in glass as an expressive medium. His work is included in more than 190 museum collections worldwise. Lecture: Jan. 31


Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The Best of the Best
Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko gained international fame in 1961 with his poem “Babi Yar” in which he denounced Nazi and Russian anti-Semitism. His demands for greater artistic freedom and his attacks on Stalinism and bureaucracy in the late 1950s and 1960s made him a leader of Soviet youth. Lecture: March 22


Christy Haubegger

An Evening with Christy Haubegger: The Making of Latina Magazine
The visionary founder of Latina, the first bilingual magazine that targeted exclusively Hispanic women in the United States, Christy Haubegger is a dynamic personality breaking down barriers for Hispanics in business and mainstream media. Lecture: April 17


2000–2001


Jim Hightower

If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates
Hightower hosts a daily radio talk show and produces radio commentaries heard on 70 stations across the United States. He publishes daily commentaries on his Web site and coedits The Hightower Lowdown, a monthly newsletter. Lecture: Sept. 19


Mitzi Gaynor

An Evening with Mitzi Gaynor
Gaynor’s vibrant personality and singing, dancing, and acting talents have made her a star of motion pictures, television, the theatrical stage, Las Vegas, and concerts. She is best known for her role as Ensign Nellie Forbush in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. Lecture: Oct. 10


David S. Broder

What's Next in American Politics
Broder, a national political correspondent reporting the political scene for The Washington Post, writes a biweekly column that covers an even broader aspect of American political life. Broder is known for his grassroots analysis of election campaigns. Lecture: Nov. 13


Brent Staples

The Crisis in Education
In celebration of Black History Month, IPFW proudly presents author and journalist Brent Staples, who writes on education, politics, and culture for the New York Times editorial board. Lecture: Feb. 8


Wendy Wasserstein

A Life in the Theatre
Seen by many as the voice of a generation, playwright Wendy Wasserstein used her art to chronicle the staggering social changes that have transformed modern life. Lecture: March 19


Jules Feiffer

My Life and Funny Times
Pultitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, a humorist who mixes such unlikely subjects as nuclear destruction and sexual relationships, has been called a satirist whose strong point is compassion. Lecture: April 26


1999–2000


Beverly Sills

Conversation on the Arts
Regarded as one of the most beloved and respected American opera sopranos, Beverly Sills was a member of the New York Opera from 1955 to 1980 and performed in leading opera houses around the world. Lecture: Sept. 9


Bianca Jagger

The Power of One
Actress, human rights activist, and environmentalist Bianca Jagger’s early efforts focused on earthquake victims, homeless people, and refugees. She frequently speaks before U. S. Congress, supporting such organizations as Amnesty International and Save the Children. Lecture: Oct. 6


Edward Albee

The Playwright vs. the Theatre
Acclaimed as America’s most important dramatist still writing, Edward Albee is most famous for his Tony Award-winning play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? His award-winning plays are repeatedly produced in theatres throughout the world. Lecture: Nov. 16


Alan Page

The Importance of Mentoring Youth
A Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and ardent defender of equal education for all children, Alan Page established the Page Foundation that has produced more than 180 scholarships for underserved youth. He was a member of the famed “Purple People Eaters”, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lecture: Feb. 10


Eleanor Clift

Inside Politics
A key member of the Newsweek political team, Eleanor Clift reported regularly on the Washington power structure and, as contributing editor, explored the White House and Congress. Clift became the deputy Washington bureau chief in 1992 in 1992 and later became a political analyst for the Fox News Network. Lecture: March 21


Dinesh D’Souza and Nadine Strossen

Affirmative Action Debate
Dinesh D’Souza, renowned author and speaker, and senior analyst at the White House during the Reagan administration, debates Affirmative Action with Nadine Strossen, the first female president of the American Civil Liberties Union, who has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. Lecture: April 11


1998–1999


Clarence Page

Race Relations for the New Millennium
A Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator and nationally syndicated columnist, Clarence Page is passionate about how race continues to divide Americans. He makes no apologies for attacking the current tend of racial denial. Lecture: Sept. 9


Judy Chicago

Overview: From the Sixties to the Nineties
An artist, writer, feminist, and intellectual, Judy Chicago makes it her mission to translate women’s life experiences into art. She ignites controversy as she confronts cultural issues through her art work. Lecture: Oct. 19


Joe Clark

Lean on Me
The former high school principal who expelled 300 students in a single day for fighting, vandalism, drug possession, profanity, and abusing teachers, Joe Clark is remembered as “the principal with a baseball bat in his hand.” Lecture: Nov. 10


Amy Hempel

Short, Short Prose, Poems, or 'Couldn't Finish'
A writer of funny, lyrical short stories, Amy Hempel features dogs and other furry creatures that make her one of the country’s top short-fiction writers. Lecture: Feb. 23


William Kristol

A Republican Future?
An authority on national politics and an ABC news analyst and weekly contributor to This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, William Kristol’s writings about political philosophy, American political thought, and public policy have appeared in both popular and academic journals. Lecture: April 20


1997–1998


Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?
An outspoken columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a commentator on 60 Minutes, Molly Ivans amused audiences with her political humor and wit. Her book, Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She? is a collection of essays on politics and journalism. Lecture: Sept. 17


Edward James Olmos

We're All in the Same Gang
A successful actor and an effective activist, Edward James Olmos is best known for his roles on Miami Vice and the film Stand and Deliver. Lecture: Oct. 3


Joy Harjo

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky
An author, poet, musician, and enrolled member of the Muscogee tribe, Joy Harjo combines elements of storytelling, prayer, and song to create a unique voice. Harjo was called one of the most powerful Native American voices of her generation. Lecture: Nov. 10


Douglas L. Wilder

Social and Political Challenges of the 21st Century
Douglas Wilder was the first-elected black governor in U. S. history. He was elected in Virginia, the heart of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Lecture: Feb. 19


Phyllis Schlafly and Sarah Weddington

Gender Issues Debate
Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative political activist and lawyer, engages in a gender issue debate with Sarah Weddington, an attorney and women’s advocate famous for representing the winning side of Roe v. Wade. Lecture: March 23


Jean-Michel Cousteau

Designing the Future
The son of environmentalist and ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau shares his vision and great love and concern for the planet through his impassioned and eloquent lectures on proactive environmental preservation and unique educational field study programs. Lecture: April 6


1996–1997


James R. Hansen, Hans Mark, and Mark N. Brown

NASA: Present, Past, and Future
James R. Hansen, Hans Mark, and Mark N. Brown presented a panel discussion on NASA’s past, present, and future. Hansen is a specialist in the history of technology, Mark is the former deputy administrator of NASA, and Brown is the director of aerospace operations for Decision Technologies Division and former NASA astronaut. Lecture: Sept. 19


Hazel R. O’Leary

The U. S. Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration, Hazel O’Leary directed the clean-up of the nation’s nulcear weapons plants—one of the largest environmental programs in the world. Lecture: Oct. 6


Betty Friedan

Restructuring Family Values


The foremost spokesperson for women’s rights, Betty Friedan founded the National Organization for Women (NOW). Her book, The Feminine Mystique, is regarded as the catalyst of the women’s movement. Lecture: Nov. 14

Jeannetta B. Cole

Trials and Triumphs of African-American Women: Can I Get a Witness?
Jeannetta Cole was the first African-American woman to head the historically black college for women: Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a leading educator, anthropologist, and advocate for people of color and women everywhere. Lecture: Feb. 24


Lynne V. Cheney

Saving Our Schools
The former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, CNN’s Sunday Crossfire host Lynne Cheney is an outspoken cultural critic with a firm conviction to improve our schools. Lecture: March 20


Wolf Blitzer

The Clinton White House: A Firsthand Report
The former CNN’s senior White House correspondent and military affairs correspondent at the Pentagon, Wolf Blitzer has reported on a wide range of major breaking stories around the world during his 30 years in journalism. Lecture: April 10


1995–1996


Ralph Nader

Corporate Responsibility in a Global Economy
Citizen action group activist and a consumer advocate Ralph Nader launched the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the meat and poultry inspection laws. He points to the Freedom of Information Act of 1974 as one of his proudest achievements. Lecture: Sept. 18


Robert Heilbroner

After the Millennium: Prospects for 21st Century Capitalism
Economist and Emeritus Norman Thomas Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, Robert Heilbroner is the author of 21st Century Capitalism and The Debt and the Deficity. These and many of his other works are used extensively in classrooms in the United States and Europe. Lecture: Oct. 18


Harry Wu

China: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
After respected human rights campaigner Harry Wu spent 19 years as a political prisoner in the Chinese government’s “Bamboo Gulag,” he repeatedly risked his life by returning to China to document slavery and human rights abuse. Lecture: Feb. 15


Studs Terkel

Coming of Age
Stage, radio, film actor, television personality, and author of nonfiction books, Studs Terkel began hosting The Studs Terkel Show in 1954. His radio work earned him the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. Lecture: Nov. 28


Daniel J. Boorstin

Heroes of the Unexpected
Librarian of Congress Emeritus Daniel Boorstin served as director of the Library of Congress from 1975 to 87, director of the National Museum of American History, and the senior historian at the Smithsonian Institution. He was the first incumbent of a chair in American history at the Sorbonne and at Cambridge University, England. Lecture: March 27


Dick Gregory

An Evening with Dick Gregory


Comedian, author, nutritionist, businessman, recording artist, actor, philosopher, antidrug crusader, and activist Dick Gregory was most famous for his hunger strikes and fights for social change. Lecture: April 22


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