Speaker series

Nurturing a taste for culture

Throughout the year, we bring well-known authors, artists, scientists and other visiting scholars to campus to talk about everything from climate change to immigration to masculinity as portrayed on TV.

They’re part of our College Program Series, which includes films, concerts, lectures and readings. A lot of these are also open to the public, as shown on our public events calendar.

Not everything we learn comes to us through classroom readings

The visceral power of music, the total sensory immersion of a riveting film, the pleasure of fiction read to us—these can move us in much deeper ways than the written word alone.

It’s a great opportunity to have your mind opened—for free.

Past speakers

“Prison Reform” by Piper Kerman, the American memoirist whose prison experiences provided the basis for the Netflix comedy-drama “Orange Is the New Black.”

“Race, Rap and Reality” by Chuck D, leader of the ’80s hip-hop group Public Enemy, on how to use ‪#‎geography and ‪#‎history to find your place in the world.

“Mostly Macabre,” an evening of seasonally scary music including Bach’s famous Prelude in D Minor for organ performed by students and faculty.

“Cultural Appropriation Workshop” by David Romero, a Mexican-American spoken word artist, author and activist who taught participants how to distinguish between cultural appropriation, cultural assimilation and cultural appreciation.