Speakers

August 24, 2017 - 11:15am
The lineup this semester includes an award-winning broadcast journalist, one of the hosts of NPR's "Morning Edition," and a Harvard historian and staff writer at The New Yorker.

The Fall 2017 semester marks the University Lectures series' 17th season. Syracuse will host three speakers from different disciplines over the course of the semester to share their experiences and perspectives. 

Soledad O'Brien - Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center - $5

November 8, 2015 - 9:01pm
Events will raise awareness about sexual assault and relationship violence on campus.

This week marks the "It's on Us" campaign's National Week of Action. Vice President Joe Biden, alumnus of the College of Law's class of 1968 and advocate for the cause, will be visiting the SU campus Nov. 12 in honor of the National Week of Action.

September 3, 2015 - 12:23pm
The longtime 'Saturday Night Live' cast member will do stand-up Sept. 25 at Goldstein Auditorium.

Saturday Night Live fans rejoice! University Union & the Syracuse University Parents Office will bring comedian Kenan Thompson to campus later this month for Family Weekend.

 "An Evening with SNL's Kenan Thompson' will be in Goldstein Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. This will be University Union's first performing arts show of the semester.

March 22, 2015 - 10:51pm
Actor, activist and educator Jesse Williams proves there's 'more than meets the eye' during his discussion at Syracuse University.

Jesse Williams is famous for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, but he's getting more and more attention now for his involvement in civil rights activism.

Syracuse University's National Association of Black Journalists' Remington Bennett interviewed Williams Wednesday night and started by asking him about his path to acting, which soon transitioned into his activism.

February 12, 2015 - 4:52pm
From BET to Syfy to Beyond (Review): Lattaker-Johnson reveals truths with race and entertainment media.

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson said her mission is to change the world a little bit.

Lattaker-Johnson, a dynamic leader with more than 20 years of experience in entertainment was the speaker at the Newhouse School’s 14th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media.

February 5, 2014 - 5:02am
Alexis Ohanian entertained and imparted entrepreneurial advice Tuesday to students, faculty and community members at the iSchool talk.

A crowd of more than 200 people gathered Tuesday in the Syracuse University Sheraton to hear Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian speak about Internet entrepreneurship.

From the moment Ohanian opened his mouth, the audience erupted in laughter.

“I’ve already gotten this thing off to, I think, a pretty good start,” he said. “Now I should talk about mascots.”

Ohanian is known for drawing cute mascots for every startup he helps create. Syracuse University’s mascot Otto the Orange attended the event.

October 11, 2013 - 3:20pm
Susana Ruiz and Angel David Nieves brought awareness to human rights activism through video games at Thursday’s 4th Digital Witness Symposium.

Susana Ruiz and Angel David Nieves brought awareness to human rights activism through video games at Thursday’s 4th Digital Witness Symposium.

Ruiz, who is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California School Cinematic Arts, is a media scholar, designer and analyst.

She co-founded the design studio Take Action Games, which first launched with their first launched in 2006 with the multi-award winning game Darfur is Dying. A player must maintain a refugee camp through dangerous disruptions.

September 20, 2013 - 7:13pm
Kim Osorio, editor-in-chief of the hip-hop magazine, The Source, spoke to students on Thursday about hip-hop, her past, and the future of journalism.

Before Kendrick Lamar performed at this year’s Juice Jam, he was featured on a 2012 cover of the historic hip-hop magazine The Source. Editor-in-chief of the magazine Kim Osorio said that she was skeptical when her interns and young employees first told her that they wanted to feature Lamar.

“[They wanted] to put a crown on his head like Biggie and I was like ‘blasphemy!’” Osorio said.

Eventually, in her interns’ excitement, Osorio remembered the passion that she had as a young writer for up-and-coming hip-hop artists, and she ultimately decided to feature Lamar.

September 16, 2013 - 10:16pm
The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi spoke about global hunger to an intimate crowd at Hendricks Chapel on Monday evening.

The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, one of the most prominent American Buddhist voices, spoke to an intimate crowd of students and adults regarding global hunger at Hendricks Chapel on Monday.

Bodhi – a Brooklyn native – has been a Buddhist monk and scholar since the early ‘70s, and is the founder of Buddhist Global Relief (BGR), an organization that works to create “small-scale, durable and sustainable solutions to hunger by dealing with the problems of hunger at its roots.”

He was introduced to the crowd as a “shining example of Buddhist teaching.”

September 16, 2013 - 11:46am
Misha Glouberman was the opening speaker for the 2013 Syracuse Symposium.

“Shut up and listen.”

This is how Dympna Callaghan, interim director of the SU Humanities Center, began the 2013 Syracuse Symposium, “Listening,” on Thursday night at the Hall of Languages.