2019-20 Convocation Series

Convocations are held in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 19, 2019
11:10 a.m.
Matriculation Convocation: “Is Our Future Too Hot to Handle?”
President Mark Burstein

Thursday, January 16, 2020
11:10 a.m.
“The Parallel Polis"
Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist and author

Thursday, May 28, 2020
11:10 a.m.
Honors Convocation: “The Importance of Failure”
Amy Ongiri, Jill Beck Director of Film Studies and Associate Professor of Film Studies

2015-16 Convocation Series

Matriculation Convocation
Thursday, September 17, 2015
11:10 a.m

"For Mature Audiences Only: A Liberal Arts Education"
President Mark Burstein

Thursday, November 5, 2015
11:10 a.m.
"Race in America: A Deeper Black"
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
11:10 a.m.

"The Mystery and Art of Living"
Krista Tippett


Honors Convocation
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
11:10 a.m.

"21st Century Merchants of Doubt; Where Is Plato When We Need Him"
John Dreher

2014-15 Convocation Speakers


Matriculation Convocation
Thursday, September 18, 2014
11:10 a.m.
President Mark Burstein

"Sustaining Dialogue:  Educating for a Diverse Society"


Tuesday, November 4, 2014
11:10 a.m.
Sian Beilock

“Leveraging Mind And Body To Perform Your Best Under Stress”
Professor of psychology and a member of the Committee on Education at the University of Chicago

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
11:10 a.m.
Kwame Anthony Appiah

“A Decent Respect: Honor and Citizenship at Home and Abroad”
Professor at New York University, President of the PEN American Center


Honors Convocation
Thursday, May 14, 2015
11:10 a.m.
David Gerard

“Is It Warm In Here? The Intractable Challenges of Climate Change”
Associate professor of economics


Honors Day Convocation

“Liberal Arts Education: A Catalyst for Thought into Action”

Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 11:10 a.m.

Claudena Skran, Professor of government and Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science at Lawrence University

A member of the Lawrence faculty since 1990, Claudena Skran is a scholar of international affairs, whose research focuses on the role of international organizations in providing emergency relief and the resettlement of refugees. In 2005, she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholars grant and spent six months in Sierra Leona studying the role of NGOs in refugee resettlement following the country’s 10-year-long civil war. Since coming to Lawrence, Skran has led more than 40 students on trips to the West African nation. She founded her own NGO — Kids Give — a scholarship program that today is financially supporting nearly 500 students at three different schools in Sierra Leone. She is the author of Refugees in Interwar Europe: The Emergence of a Regime and the holder of the Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science chair. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, she earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

2013-14 Convocation Speakers

Matriculation Convocation
Thursday, September 19, 2013
11:10 a.m.
President Mark Burstein
“Crossing the Threshold: Community as Curriculum”

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
11:10 a.m.
Alison Bechdel
"Drawing Lessons: The Comics of Everyday Life"
Cartoonist, author of Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and the comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For."

Thursday, January 23, 2014
11:10 a.m.
Morgan Spurlock
"The Greatest Lecture Ever Presented"
Filmmaker, humorist and political activist, known for his documentary film Super Size Me.

Note: The Spurlock Convocation was canceled.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
11:10 a.m.
Paul Farmer
"In the Company of the Poor"
Physician, medical anthropologist, professor at Harvard University and co-founder of Partners in Health.

Honors Convocation
Thursday, May 29, 2014
11:10 a.m.
Cathy Kautsky
"Whispered Doubts and Shouted Convictions: What are These Composers Saying?"
Professor of music and chair of keyboard studies

Previous 2012-2013 Convocation Speakers

Matriculation Convocation
Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 11:10 a.m.

“Thought into Action”
President Jill Beck, Katherine Handford, lecturer of music and university organist, and Catherine Tatge, artist-in-residence.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | 11:10 a.m.

“Butch, Sundance, and Australia: Making the Leap From Thought to Action”
Larry Robertson

Larry Robertson, award-winning author and founder of Lighthouse Consulting, which guides entrepreneurial ventures, their leaders, and those who invest in them.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 | 11:10 a.m.

“Crossing the Fox River: From Thought to Action”
Lynda Barry

American cartoonist and author known for her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek and the books The Good Times are Killing Me and What It Is.


Thursday, September 13, 2012
11:10 a.m.
Matriculation Convocation
Jill Beck
President of Lawrence University
"Thought Into Action"
Thursday, Octobter 11, 2012
11:10 a.m.
Larry Robertson
Author and founder of Lighthouse Consulting
"Butch, Sundance, and Australia: Making the Leap From Thought to Action

Thursday, January 24, 2013
11:10 a.m.
Lynda Barry
American cartoonist and author
"Crossing the Fox River: From Thought to Action"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
11:10 a.m.
Bill Viola
Contemporary video artist
"Artless Art"
Thursday, May 23, 2013
11:10 a.m.
Honors Convocation
Claudena Skran
Professor of government and Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science at Lawrence University
"Liberal Arts Education: A Catalyst for Thought into Action"

Bill Viola - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 11:10 a.m.

Bill Viola is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. For 40 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces and works for television broadcast. Viola is a contemporary video artist whose artistic expressions focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness. Featured in museums and galleries worldwide as well as private collections, his work explores new media through electronic, sound and image technology. His video installations, distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity, employ state-of-the-art technologies.


Thursday, September 15, 2011
11:10 a.m.
Matriculation Convocation
Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. ’77
Author of From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership
“Becoming a Values-Based Leader”
Thursday, November 3, 2011
11:10 a.m.
Alex Ross
Music critic for The New Yorker
“The Lamento Connection: Bass Lines of Music History”
Thursday, February 2, 2012
11:10 a.m.
Frans de Waal
Primatologist and Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University
“Morality Before Religion: Empathy, Fairness and Prosocial Primates”
Thursday, April 19, 2012
11:10 a.m.
William Deresiewicz
Essayist, literary and cultural critic, and former Associate Professor of English at Yale
“Through the Vale of Soul-Making: the Journey of the Liberal Arts”
Thursday, May 31, 2012
11:10 a.m.
Honors Day Convocation
Jerald Podair
Professor of History and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University
“The Only Life: Liberal Arts and the Life of the Mind at Lawrence”


Thursday, September 16, 2010
11:10 a.m.
Matriculation Convocation
Jill Beck
President of Lawrence University
“Expanding Student Opportunities in Research, Performance, Public Service and Environmental Activism”

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 
11:10 a.m.
Ray Suarez
PBS Senior Correspondent
“The Browning of America”

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
11:10 a.m.
Mary Jane Jacob
Independent curator and executive director of exhibitions, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“The Collective Creative Process”

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
11:10 a.m.
Timothy X. Troy ’85
J. Thomas and Julie Esch Hurvis Professor of Theatre and Drama and Professor of Theatre Arts, Lawrence University
“Unexpected Collaborators: The Geniuses Among Us”

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
11:10 a.m.
Sara Quandt ’72
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
“It Takes a Community: Collaborating to Reduce Health Disparities in the U.S.”


Thursday, September 17, 2009
11:10 a.m.
Matriculation Convocation
Jill Beck
President of Lawrence University
“The State of the University: Challenges and Opportunities”
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
11:10 a.m.
Faculty Convocation
Marcia Bjørnerud
Lawrence University professor of geology and Walter Schober Professor of Environmental Studies
“Geomimicry: Good Design from the Earth”
Thursday, January 28, 2010
11:10 a.m.
Abigail Disney
Filmmaker, Humanitarian, Founder and President of the Daphne Foundation
"Pray The Devil Back To Hell"
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
11:10 a.m.
Rebecca Solnit
Essayist, Critic, Activist
"Swimming Upstream in History: Hope, Disaster, Utopia"
Thursday, May 20, 2010
11:10 a.m.
Robert Hartwell '69
Vermont State Senator
“America at the Crossroads: Accepting the Climate Change Challenge”


Thursday, September 25, 2008
11:10 a.m.
Matriculation Convocation
Jill Beck
President of Lawrence University
“A Sustainable Lawrence: Five Interlocking Perspectives” with: Tom Boldt, chief executive officer, The Boldt Company; Margaret Carroll ’61, emerita trustee and ?Pat Schinabeck, community leader; Jeff Clark, associate professor of geology; James Duncan-Welke ’09, LUCC President; and Marty Finkler, professor of economics and John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor in the American Economic System
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
11:10 a.m.
Frank Rich
Author and New York Times Op-Ed Columnist
“The Post-Bush Era Begins”
Tuesday February 3, 2009
11:10 a.m.
Edith Widder
Biologist and Deep-Sea Explorer
“Eye in the Sea: What Does Deep Sea Exploration Tell Us About Marine Conservation?”
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
11:10 a.m.
Honors Convocation
Jennifer Baumgardner ’92
Author, Activist, Documentary Producer
“Climate Change We Can Live With: The Ecology of Justice”
Listen to her Q & A
Listen to her entire convocation


Thursday, September 27, 2007
Matriculation Convocation
Jill Beck
President of Lawrence University
“Educating Citizens, Supporting Students' Political Engagement and Getting out the Vote”
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
David C. Mulford, ’59
U.S. Ambassador to India
“The United States and India: A Partnership for the 21st Century”
While on campus, Ambassador Mulford took time to reflect on his Lawrence education and his career, share some thoughts on the opportunities and challenges facing the United States and India in the coming century, and offer some advice to current Lawrence students. Listen to what he had to say.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Paul Hawken
Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Journalist, Author
“Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming”
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Andrew Sullivan
Senior Editor/Blogger, The Atlantic, and columnist, The Sunday Times of London
“American Politics: A View from Home and Abroad”
Hear his remarks
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Honors Convocation
Terry Moran, ’82
Journalist and Co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline”
“The Republic of Noise: Civic Intelligence and the Campaign of 2008.”
Listen to his Q & A
Listen to his entire convocation


Thursday, September 21, 2006
Matriculation Convocation
Jill Beck
President of Lawrence University
"Liberal Philosophy, Free Discussion, and Individualized Learning at Lawrence"
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Robert Sapolsky
Neuroscientist and Author
"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease, and Coping -- Stress and Where Stress-Related Diseases Come From"
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Juliette Kayyem
Terrorism Expert and National Security Analyst for NBC News
"Preserving Liberty in an Age of Terror"
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Theodore Chapin
Theatre Producer and Broadway Impresario
"A Life in the Musical Theatre...and the Lawrence Connection that Mattered"
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Honors Convocation
Susan Faludi
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Social Commentator
"Sexual Politics and the Tragedy of 9/11"


Thursday, September 22, 2005
Matriculation Convocation
Jill Beck
President of Lawrence University
"A Question of Values: Community Engagement, Altruism, and Liberal Education"
Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Christopher Stone
Environmental Ethicist and Author
"Mending the Earth: Ethical Issues in Healing the Global Environment"
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Lisa Randall
Theoretical Physicist
"Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions"
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Salman Rushdie
"A Morning with Salman Rushdie"
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Honors Convocation
D. Michael Lynn, '65
United States Bankruptcy Court Judge
"American Justice: Proud Promise or Oxymoron: How Does the Legal System Measure Up?"


Thursday, September 23, 2004
Matriculation Convocation
Jill Beck
President of Lawrence University
"The Value of Individualized Instruction in Liberal Education"
Thursday, October 7, 2004
Arianna Huffington
Columnist, Author, and Political Commentator
"The 2004 Election: What's at Stake?"
Tuesday, February 8, 2005
John Lewis
Congressman and Civil Rights Activist
"Get in the Way"
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Joia Mukherjee
Medical Director of Partners in Health and Human Rights Activist
"On the Joy of Giving Back"
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Honors Convocation
Lee C. Bollinger
President of Columbia University
"Three Issues for Colleges and Universities: Affirmative Action, Academic Freedom and Globalization"


Thursday, September 25, 2004
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"The Lawrence Difference: Difference at Lawrence"
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
David Sedaris
Humorist, Author, Playwright, and NPR Commentator
"An Evening with David Sedaris"
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Steven Pinker
Cognitive Scientist, Author, and the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University
"The Blank Slate"
Thursday, March 4, 2004
SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy)
Author and Artist
"Make Your Creative Dreams Real"
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Honors Convocation
William Cronon
Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Portage: History and Memory in the Making of an American Place"


Thursday, September 26, 2002
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Liberal Education and Civic Engagement"
Tuesday, October 8, 2002
William Sloane Coffin
Peace activist
"The U.S., Iraq, and Nuclear Weapons"
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Oliver Sacks
Neurologist and Author
"Creativity and the Brain"
Thursday, January 30, 2003
Susan Estrich
Law Professor, Author, Legal and Political Commentator
"Civil Liberties in Times of Terror: The Balance Between Security and Freedom"
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Fareed Zakaria
Editor, Newsweek International and Former Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
"Why Do They Hate Us? America in a New World"
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Honors Convocation
N. Scott Momaday
Native American Scholar, Poet, and Author
"A Morning With Scott Momaday"


September 27, 2001
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"The Better Angels of Our Nature"
October 9, 2001
Wynton Marsalis
Legendary jazz musician
"The Need for a New American Mythology"
October 25, 2001
Lech Walesa
Founder of Solidarity, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, former President of Poland
"Democracy: The Never Ending Battle"
February 21, 2002
Anna Deavere Smith
Playwright and Actor
"Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change"
April 30, 2002
Harold Varmus
President and CEO of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center,
Nobel Prize-winner, former director of the National Institutes of Health
"Globalizing Science"
May 21, 2002
Honors Convocation
Edward Hirsch
"Reading as Relationship"


September 28, 2000
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"The Campus Business"
October 26, 2000
Frank McCourt
Pulitzer Prize-winning author
"A Memoir of a Memoir"
January 11, 2001
Brian Greene
Proponent of the united theory of superstrings and Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University
"What is String Theory?"
April 19, 2001
Martha Nussbuam
Philosopher and the Ernst Freund Distinguished Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago
"Global Duties: Cicero's Problematic Legacy"
May 22, 2001
Honors Convocation
William Julius Wilson
Sociologist and the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University
"Welfare, Children and Families: The Impact of Welfare Reform in the New Economy"


September 23, 1999
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Musings on the Millennium"
November 2, 1999
Heinz Fricke
Music director of the Washington Opera
Guest conducting the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra
January 25, 2000
James McPherson
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University
"Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War"
April 4, 2000
George J. Mitchell
Former United States Senator and chairperson of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland
"Making Peace"
May 23, 2000
Honors Convocation
Isabel Allende
Latin American novelist
"Stories and Dreams"


September 24, 1998
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Dogfish and Sonnets: Some Thoughts on Unmediated Learning"
October 22, 1998
Robert Ballard
Author, Specialist in Deep-Ocean Archeology, and Founder of the JASON Foundation
"Deep Sea Explorations"
November 19, 1998
William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Minister of Riverside Church of Manhattan, former chaplain at Yale University, and civil rights and antiwar activist
"Civility, Democracy, and Multiculturalism"
February 9, 1999
Cornel West
Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy of Religion at Harvard University
"Race Matters"
April 13, 1999
Michael Beschloss
Presidential Historian, Provacative Political Author, and Television Commentator
"Presidential Leadership"
May 27, 1999
Honors Convocation
Joyce Carol Oates
Author and Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University
"Readings and Commentary"


September 25, 1997
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Tough-minded or Thin-skinned"
September 30, 1997
Tony Kushner
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright
"The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism"
February 26, 1998
Richard Rodriguez
"What No One Told Me When I Was in College"
April 9, 1998
Dudley Herschbach
Nobel Prize winning chemist
"The Impossible Takes a Little Longer"
May 21, 1998
Honors Convocation
Richard Holbrooke
Former Assistant Secretary of State
"The Never Ending Search for Peace in Southeast Europe"

1996-97: The Challenges of Excellence: Reflections on Tradition, Change, and the Modern World

September 16, 1996
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
November 14, 1996
Gunther Schuller
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor, and educator
"New Dimensions in Jazz and Modern Music"
January 14, 1997
The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson
Governor, State of Wisconsin
"150 Years of Excellence"
January 23, 1997
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies, and the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University
"Race and Class in America"
February 13, 1997
Robert Jay Lifton
Professor of psychiatry and psychology, The City University of New York
"The Protean Self -- Psychological Resilience in Teaching and Learning"
May 29, 1997
Honors Convocation
Maya Angelou
Author, poet, playwright, actress
"Meeting the Challenges of Success"

1995-96: The Ideas That Shape Our Time, the People Who Shape Our Ideas

September 21, 1995
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Autodidacts, Cyberspace, Students, and Björklunden"
November 2, 1995
Faye Wattleton
Former Presicient and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
"Women's Healthcare and Reproductive Rights"
February 13, 1996
Harry Wu
Human rights activist
"At What Price? The Human Cost of China's Economic Miracle"
April 16, 1996
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Professor of history, Harvard University, Professor emeritus of the humanities, City University, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
"The Politics of Identity: Will It Shape the Future?"
May 16, 1996
Honors Convocation
David Halberstam
Journalist and author
"The World You Inherit"

1994-95: Rethinking Government

September 22, 1994
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Our Account of Ourselves"
October 6, 1994
Richard Lamm
Director of the Center for Public Policy and Contemporary Issues, University of Denver, and author
"Money, Morality, and Medicine"
October 20, 1994
Luis Rubio
Mexican economist, 1994-95 Woodrow Wilson Fellow
"Beyond NAFTA: The Future of U.S.-Mexican Relations"
November 10, 1994
Russ Feingold
United States Senator
"Reinventing Government? Reform the Process"
January 19, 1995
Robert Bork
Judicial scholar, Supreme Court nominee
"Politics and the Constitution"
February 21, 1995
Clarence Page
Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist, Chicago Tribune
"Civil Rights in the 1990s"
April 11, 1995
Jane Nelson
British environmental consultant
"From Bombay to L.A.: Protecting the Environments of Mega-Cities"
May 18, 1995
Honors Convocation
Richard Nieme, '62
Professor of political science, University of Rochester
"What Shapes? What Numbers? Representation in America Today

1993-94: The Arts and Society

September 23, 1993
Matriculation Convocation
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Playing by the Rules"
October 14, 1993
John Updike
"The Artist and Society: Selected Readings from his Work"
November 30, 1993
Leon Botstein
President, Bard College, and Music Director, American Symphony Orchestra
"Music and Culture in the Twentieth Century"
January 13, 1994
Paul Goldberger
Cultural news editor and architecture critic, The New York Times
"Architecture as a Reflection of Public Policy and Social Responsibility"
February 15, 1994
Gwendolyn Brooks
Author, poet
"The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks"
April 12, 1994
Miriam Schapiro
Visual Artist
"A Woman Artist and Her Relationship to the Past"
May 19, 1994
Honors Convocation
Eric Simonson, '82
Associate Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre
"The Re-imagination of Form and Collaboration"


September 24, 1992
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Practicing What We Preach: Scholarship and the Aims of Liberal Education"
October 13, 1992
Wayne Franklin
Chair, American Studies Program, University of Iowa
"The Doubling of Discovery"
November 19, 1992
Elizabeth Loftus
Professor of psychology, University of Washington
"False Memories"
January 14, 1993
Daniel Kleppner
Phi Beta Kappa Visititing Scholar, Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Science, Science-Bashing, and the Descent into Woolliness"
February 9, 1993
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Curator, Division of Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
"Culture in the Civil Rights Movement"
March 4, 1993
Robert Frank
Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy, Cornell University
"Can an Honest Person Survive in a Material World?"
May 4, 1993
Alan Ryan
Professor of politics, Princeton University
"Our Hankering After Community"
May 10, 1993
His Excellency Takakazu Kuriyama
The Ambassador of Japan to the United States
"Japan and U.S.: Then and Now
One Man's Historical Perspective"
May 20, 1993
Joseph A. Hopfensperger, '52
Associate professor emeritus of theatre and drama and former resident director of Björklunden
"More Than an Scrapbook, Less Than a Sermon"


September 26, 1991
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"You and I and Us and Them"
October 29, 1991
William Raspberry
Urban affairs columnist for The Washington Post
"Education in a Multicultural Environment"
November 12, 1991
Robin Wright
Author, journalist
"Flashpoints: Issues for the '90s"
January 16, 1992
Leon Lederman
Nobel Prize-winning physicist and Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago
"Science, Literacy, and Survival"
January 30, 1992
John P. Demos
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Samuel Knight Professor of American History at Yale University
"In the Shadow of the Founders: The Meaning, and Significance, of 'Generations' in American History"
February 18, 1992
Diane Abbott
Member of Parliament, Great Britain
"Let Freedom Ring: A Global Perspective"
April 16, 1992
John Searle
Professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley
"The Storm Over the University"
May 7, 1992
David Mulford, '59
Under Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and member of the Board of Trustees at Lawrence University
"Russia: From Marxism to Markets"
May 21, 1992
E. Graham Waring
Professor of religion emeritus at Lawrence University
"Options and Requirements"


September 18, 1990
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"When a University is a College"
October 4, 1990
Howard Nemerov
Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished Professor of English at Washington University, 1988 poet laureate of the United States
"Science and Stories"
November 1, 1990
Philip Glass
Avant-garde composer
"Language and Music Theatre"
February 19, 1991
Clayborne Carson
Editor and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project, professor of history at Stanford University
"The Historical Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr."
April 16, 1991
Toyoo Gyohten
Former vice-minister of finance for international affairs, Japan
"How the Japanese Economy Works: Myths and Realities"
May 23, 1991
Marjory Irvin
Professor of music emerita at Lawrence University
"Shake Off the Shackles"


September 21, 1989
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Living in the Bubble: Lawrence and the Rest of the Real World"
October 10, 1989
Jonathan Miller
Director of opera and theatre, producer, author
"Bringing Literature to Film"
January 11, 1990
McGeorge Bundy
Presidential confidant and scholar, Lawrence University's Stephen Edward Scarff Distinguished Professor
"How Much Peace Without the Cold War?"
February 27, 1990
Mary Frances Berry
U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner
"Liberty and Justice for All: The Unfinished Agenda"
April 5, 1990
Richard Westfall
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, distinguished professor of the history and philosophy of science at Indiana University
"A New Model of Nature"
April 24, 1990
Susan Sontag
"The Writer's Freedom: Literature and Literacy"
May 17, 1990
George B. Walter, '36
Professor of education emeritus at Lawrence University
"Jim Duncan, Honors Graduate"


September 22, 1988
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Sex, Gender, and Coeducation"
October 13, 1988
Samuel Adler
Professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
"The Educated Person vs. the Fine Arts"
November 15, 1988
William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
President of SANE/FREEZE
"For the World to Survive"
April 6, 1989
Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist, evolutionary theorist, and author
"Human Equality is a Contingent Fact of History"
April 13, 1989
Florence Howe
Founder and director of The Feminist Press, and professor of English at City College, City University of New York
"From Master and Willing Slave to Equal Partners: Educating Men and Women Together"
April 18, 1989
Henry Cisneros
Former mayor of San Antonio
"Strategic Planning for Success in Public Enterprises"
May 25, 1989
Mojmir Povolny
Professor of government emeritus and Henry M. Wriston Professor in the Social Sciences at Lawrence University
"The House of Memory"


September 29, 1987
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Miss Manners Goes to College"
October 20, 1987
Elie Wiesel
1986 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, author, and survivor of the Holocaust
"Reconciliation -- Is It Possible? Is It Desirable?"
November 17, 1987
Henry Reuss
Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
"Our Constitutional Government: Can It Resolve Deadlocks?"
February 2, 1988
Nikki Giovanni
Poet, columnist, and author
"Poetry and the Black Experience in America"
February 18, 1988
Dennis G. Maki
Head of the infectious disease section of the University of Wisconsin Medical School
"The World AIDS Epidemic: Relevance to Every Citizen"
April 7, 1988
Thomas A. Halsted
Scoville Lecturer of the Arms Control Association
"Kicking the Nuclear Habit"
May 10, 1988
Garrett Hardin
Author and professor of human ecology emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara
"Ethics Without Numbers Is Immoral"
May 24, 1988
Charles Breunig
Professor of history emeritus at Lawrence University
"A Revolutionary Lawrence President: Henry Merritt Wriston"


September 25, 1986
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"That's the Deal"
October 23, 1986
Ralph Whitehead, Jr., '65
Professor of public service at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and political consultant
"Thinking About the Baby Boom"
November 13, 1986
Vincent G. Dethier
Gilbert L. Woodside Professor of Zoology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
"Sniff, Flick, and Pulse: An Appreciation of Interruption"
November 25, 1986
Ezra Bowen
Senior writer at Time magazine
"Athletics, Accountability, and the Liberal Arts"
February 24, 1987
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
National correspondent for "The McNeil/Lehrer News Hour"
"How Black History Saved My Life and Career"
April 9, 1987
John J. Mearsheimer
Associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago
"Why Nuclear Weapons are Necessary to Keep Peace Between the Superpowers"
April 21, 1987
Barbara Ehrenreich
Journalist, feminist, and author
"Confronting Anti-Feminism"
May 19, 1987
Nathan Pusey
Former president of Lawrence College and Harvard University
"Reflections on Freshman Studies


September 27, 1985
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Look Again, Look Again"
October 1, 1985
Lukas Foss
Music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, composer, conductor, and pianist
"Baroque Confessions"
November 5, 1985
John P. Frank
Attorney, professor of law, and author
"The Miranda Case: Its Past, Its Present, and Its Future"
January 14, 1986
Lawrence B. Slobodkin
Evolutionary theorist and ecologist
"A Critique of the Sociobiological Rationalization of Religion"
January 30, 1986
David Halberstam
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author
"The American Dream Reconsidered"
February 13, 1986
Richard E. Leakey
"Origins of Mankind"
May, 6, 1986
Jeffrey G. Williamson
Laird Bell Professor of Economics at Harvard University
"Poverty, Enterprise, and Wealth"
May 8, 1986
Howard R. Pollio
Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
"Taking Humor Seriously"
May 20, 1986
Thomas R. Dale
Professor of Enalish emeritus at Lawrence University
"A Prolusion on Scholarship"


September 20, 1984
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Liberal Education, Careerism, and the World of Work"
October 16, 1984
Carlo Ginzburg
Professor of history at the University of Bologna
"Fictional Narrative vs. Historical Narrative"
November 29, 1984
John W. Macy, Jr.
Former chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission and former special assistant for presidential appointments
"The Quest for a New Breed of Public Leaders"
February 19, 1985
Alan David
Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company
"Dylan Thomas in Love"
April 11, 1985
Robert Jay Lifton
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the City University of New York, John Jay College
"Nuclear Winter and Beyond -- The Imaginative Struggle"
April 11, 1985
Panel Discussion: "Nuclear Arms and Moral Discourse"
Ruth Salzman Adams
Director of the International Security Program at the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation
Marvin Kalkstein
Nuclear chemist
Edward Luttwak
Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University
April 25, 1985
Ted Fiske
Education editor for the New York Times and author of Selective Guide to Colleges
"Curriculum Reform in the '80s: Is Technology Taking the Byte out of the Liberal Arts?"
May 9, 1985
Colleen Dewhurst, M-D '46
Actress and member of the board of trustees at Lawrence University
"Theatre: An Extension of Life"
May 14, 1985
Tom Wolfe
Critic, commentator, journalist, and author
"New Ideas and Intellectual Fashions in the Last Fifteen Years of the Twentieth Century"
May 21, 1985
Ben Schneider
Professor of English emeritus at Lawrence University
"Democracy Is Not Enough"


September 22, 1983
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Taming the Monster"
November 3, 1983
Judith Jarvis Thomson
Professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"On Some Ways Of Causing Death"
February 21, 1984
Abraham H. Raskin
Associate director of the National News Council
"Organized Labor: Cooperation, Collision, or Collapse?"
April 17, 1984
Robert Coles
Research psychiatrist at Harvard University Health Services, professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at Harvard Medical School, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
"The Moral Life of Children"
May 15, 1984
George F. Will
Political commentator and columnist
"A View from Washington"
May 22, 1984
Marshall B. Hulbert
Dean emeritus at Lawrence University


September 23, 1982
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"A Terrible Business"
October 19, 1982
Betty Williams
Co-laureate of the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize
"Can There Be Peace in Northern Ireland?"
November 9, 1982
Martin C. Anderson
Senior fellow it the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and the principal architect of Reaganomics
"National Economic Policy: The Prospects for Reaganomics"
January 27, 1983
Thomas A. Brady, Jr.
Professor of history at the University of Oregon
"From Luther to Hitler: A Political Myth and Its Makers"
February 15, 1983
Dick Clark
Former senator of the United States
"Nuclear Arms and Arms Control"
April 20, 1983
John Barth
Novelist, short story writer, and creative writing teacher
"The Prose and Poetry of It All"
May 17, 1983
William H. Riker
Dean of graduate studies and professor of political science at the University of Rochester
"Curbing the Special Interests - Why Presidents Fail"


September 24, 1981
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Bland Ambition"
October 20, 1981
John Seelye
Professor of American literature and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former contributing editor to The New Republic
"What's in a Name: Sounding the Depths of Tom Sawyer"
November 17, 1981
Edwin R. Bayley, '40
Dean of the graduate school of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and former special assistant to President Kennedy
"The Lasting Impact of Joe McCarthy"
January 19, 1982
Lester C. Thurow
Professor of economics and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Can the United States Survive in a Competitive World?"
February 23, 1982
Gerald K. O'Neill
Professor of physics at Princeton University, former director of NASA studies, and the inventor of the colliding-beam storage ring
"2081: Our Next Century on Earth and in Space"
April 21-22, 1982
Julius D. Heldman
President of Heldman Associates
"An Oilman Looks at Corporate Responsibilities"
Charles W. Powers
Executive director of the Health Effects Institute
"Business Judgment: Is There a Role for Ethics?"
Norman E. Bowie
Director of the Center for the Study of Values
"Business Ethics: Fad, Folly, or Foundation?"
May 20, 1982
F. Theodore Cloak
Professor of theatre and drama emeritus at Lawrence University
"The Theatre in Your Mind"


September 25, 1980
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Sailing Toward Oceania"
October 30, 1980
Estelle Ramey
Professor of physiology and biophysics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and member of the President's Advisory Committee on Women
"Physiological Differences Between Men and Women and Their Effects on Behavior"
November 18, 1980
Walter E. Massey
Director of the Argonne National Laboratory
"Science, Technology, and the Citizen: An Impossible Combination"
January 15, 1981
Walter B. Wriston
Chairman and chief executive officer of Citicorp and Citibank and director of General Electric, J.C. Penney, and the Chubb Corporation
"The Independent Man and the Transference Machine"
February 12, 1981
Samuel P. Huntington
Professor of government at Harvard University
Richard Falk
Professor of international law and practice at Princeton University
"A New United States Foreign Policy for the 1980s?"
March 5, 1981
John Simon
Film critic for National Review
"The Failure of Moral Passion on Contemporary Film"
April 9, 1981
Alan Beattie
Senior lecturer in political science at the London School of Economics
"Mrs. Thatcher and the American Revolution"
May 26, 1981
John G. Kemeny
President of Dartmouth College and former research assistant to Albert Einstein
"Computer Literacy: A Challenge to Liberal Education"


September 27, 1979
Richard Warch
President of Lawrence University
"Unamuno Begs to Differ"
October 18, 1979
Henry Shapiro
Former United Press International correspondent and bureau chief in Moscow
"Forty Years in Moscow: An American Reporter's Story"
November 6, 1979
Lord Caradon
Former British ambassador to the United Nations
"What Hope for the Middle East"
January 31, 1980
Christopher Lasch
Professor of history at the University of Rochester and author of The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
"The Nuclear Family and Its Critics"
February 13, 1980
Raymond H. Herzog, '38
Chairman of the board at 3M and director of U.S. Steel, General Motors, and Northwest Airlines
"The Future of Innovation Belongs to You"
February 21, 1980
McGeorge Bundy
Professor of history at New York University, former special assistant for National Security Affairs under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and former president of the Ford Foundation
"Foreign and Defense Policy after Afghanistan"
April 10, 1980
Karl J. Weintraub
Dean of humanities at the University of Chicago
"The Fallen Monarch: Thoughts on the Baroque"
April 11, 1980
Michel Oksenberg
Professor of political science at the University of Michigan
"The United States and China in World Affairs"
May 22, 1980
William J. Bennett
Executive director of the National Humanities Center
"Lessons and Legacies: The 'Liberal Arts' in a Republic of Virtue"


October 5, 1978
William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Minister of Riverside Church of Manhattan, former chaplain at Yale University, and civil rights and antiwar activist
"What is National Security?"
October 26, 1978
James D. Dana
John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor in the American Economic System at Lawrence University
"Capitalism, Democracy, and Equity"
January 17, 1979
Guido Calabresi
Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University and former law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court
"The Role of the Courts in the Age of Statutes"
February 7, 1979
Thomas N. Todd
Attorney in Chicago
"Blacks and the Civil Rights Movement in America: Dred Scott to Bakke"
February 20, 1979
Leslie Fiedler
Samuel Clemens Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo
"Violence: The Fifties and the Seventies"
March 28, 1979
Nani A. Palkhivala
Indian ambassador to the United States
"A New Birth of Freedom"
April 17, 1979
Catharine R. Stimpson
Associate professor of English at Barnard College
"Women and Men: New Perspectives, New Attitudes"
May 17, 1979
Michael Hammond, '54
President of the State University of New York at Purchase, neurophysiologist, and former assistant conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski
"It Takes a Skyblue Juggler"