The Kent State Presidential Speaker Series seeks to bring high-profile, world-renowned experts to Kent State for serious, thought-provoking discussions and conversations. The new program enhances the engagement of the world beyond Kent State’s campuses, which is one of the university’s strategic goals.
Sept. 25, 2013: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs
For five seasons, Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared as host of PBS’s NOVA ScienceNOW. Born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science, Tyson went on to earn his B.A. in physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of our Milky Way.
Nov. 14, 2013: Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn
Sponsored by the College of Communication and Information and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In 1990 Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, earned a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their reporting on the pro-democracy student movement and the related Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. They were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer for journalism.
April 22, 2014: Ken Burns
(Presidential Speaker Series and Keynote for 2014 Democracy Symposium)
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Burns has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; and, most recently, The Dust Bowl.
April 11, 2013: Elie Wiesel
Kent State welcomed Elie Wiesel on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Professor Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the book Night.Learn More
March 29, 2012: Trey Ratcliff
Kent State University held its first Presidential Speaker Series on March 29 at the University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall featuring world-renowned photographer Trey Ratcliff. The event was free and open to the public.Learn More About the Event