2013-14 Series: Human Rights

2013-14 UD Speaker Series


The 2013–14 University of Dayton Speaker Series brings us a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists and artists dedicated to a common theme: “Human Rights: A Global Challenge.”

Our speakers have achieved substantial national or international recognition, and they initiate purposeful and critical discussion within our community concerning critical and contemporary issues. And diversity is a key. Speakers offer different cultural, political and religious perspectives. This engages our students, faculty, staff and community in harmony with the mission of the University of Dayton.

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

2013-14 Series Events

Jonathan Haidt Alex de Waal
Jonathan Haidt

Co-sponsored by the Roesch Chair in the
Social Sciences
Thursday, September 12, 2013
7 p.m.
Kennedy Union ballroom
Free and open to the public.
No tickets required.

For more about Jonathan Haidt visit his
TED profile >>

Alex de Waal

Co-sponsored by the University of Dayton
Human Rights Program Conference: "The
Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting
the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy"
Friday, October 4, 2013
7:30 p.m.
1700 S. Patterson Building, Meyer Room
Free and open to the public.
No tickets required.

James Anaya Leymah Gbowee
S. James Anaya

United Nations special rapporteur on the
rights of indigenous peoples
Monday, October 28, 2014
7 p.m.
Kennedy Union east ballroom
Free and open to the public.
No tickets required.

Leymah Gbowee

Nobel Peace Laureate
Annual MLK address
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7 p.m.
Kennedy Union ballroom
Free and open to the public.
No tickets required.

Wodiczko Wodiczko Hiroshima
Krzysztof Wodiczko

Artist, professor and director of art,
design and the public domain at
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
7 p.m.
Kennedy Union ballroom
Free and open to the public.
No tickets required.

Jody Williams Mary Robinson
Jody Williams

Nobel Peace Laureate and chair of the
International Campaign to Ban Landmines
Thursday, March 20, 2014
7 p.m.
Kennedy Union ballroom
Free and open to the public.
No tickets required.

Mary Robinson

First female president of Ireland and former
United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights
Annual Stander Symposium keynote address
Monday, March 31, 2014
7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
No tickets required.

In the News

Ana Castillo


11.19.2012 | University of Dayton News

Ana Castillo, prolific poet, novelist and essayist, is next on tap for the University of Dayton Speaker Series Nov. 29. More >>

Isabel Wilkerson

Great Migration explored in author’s book

11.10.2012 | Dayton Daily News by Sharon Short

“This story touches anyone who has been an immigrant, or who has ancestors who have been immigrants, particularly recently,” says Isabel WilkersonMore >>

Isabel Wilkerson


11.02.2012 | University of Dayton News

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, will give a free talk Nov. 13More >>


Restoring History

10.12.2012 | University of Dayton News

Sandra Schulberg meticulously restored, frame by frame, a 1948 historic film about the first Nuremberg trial. She'll introduce the powerful documentary Oct. 24. More >>

Assad Brothers

This I believe

09.14.2012 | University of Dayton News

Dan Gediman believes that the stories of others can change the world. Gediman began his own story by collecting the “personal philosophies of remarkable men and women” into a book called This I Believe. Seven years later, This I Believe II is new student program’s first-year read. More >>

UD logo


08.31.2012 | University of Dayton News

Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, and two Pulitzer Prize winners - New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson - headline the 2012-13 University of Dayton Speaker Series. More >>

students listening to a keynote speaker

UDSS Mission Statement

The University of Dayton Speaker Series serves as a catalyst for purposeful and critical discussion of contemporary issues through dynamic public presentations and related programming.  Working with campus and community partners, the UDSS sponsors presenters who:

  • have achieved substantial national or international recognition for expertise in their fields of inquiry or artistic expression;
  • represent, as a series, a diversity of intellectual, cultural, political, and religious perspectives;
  • and engage directly with students, faculty, and staff in ways that support learning and living in community.
Geoffrey Canada giving keynote address

Nominating Speakers

The University of Dayton Speaker Series invites faculty, staff, and students to submit recommendations for the 2014-15 series. The following list of general topics is provided to prompt ideas, not constrain them. And while not every presentation in next year's series need fit the theme, we especially encourage recommendations that will help us develop a meaningful conversation about related ideas and issues throughout the year.

"Perspectives on Peace" is our theme; prospective speakers might address specific topics within areas such as:

  • Peace in our communities
  • Global conflict and peace-making
  • Peace and militarism
  • Peace and non-violence
  • Peace and security
  • Religious traditions of peace
  • Peace and spirituality
  • Creative visions of peace
  • Artistic expressions of peace
  • Cultural perspectives on peace
  • Peace and globalization
  • Peace and sport
  • Education for peace
  • Peace and economic development
  • Peace through prosperity
  • No justice, no peace?
  • The price of peace

Please submit recommendations for speakers/presenters as well as requests for UDSS co-sponsorship using the on-line forms.

Note that the UDSS Committee will begin reviewing recommendations in mid-November and expects to have a prospective roster identified by January 2014.

Members of the UD community:

#1 - UDSS Speaker Suggestion Form (to recommend potential speakers for the UDSS program) >>

#2 - UDSS Notification and/or Request for Co-Sponsorship Form (to notify the UDSS of existing plans to bring a major speaker to campus) >>

Speakers Bureau / Agency Representatives:

Professional representatives should contact udss@udayton.edu to request information on annual themes for the UD Speaker Series. Once the theme has been identified for a given year, the committee will welcome submissions of recommended speakers who clearly fit all three criteria identified in the UDSS mission statement and who correspond to the annual theme. Such recommendations should be submitted by e-mail to udss@udayton.edu. A committee member will respond if and when the committee decide to pursue one of the recommendations.

Vandana Shiva signing books

Past Speakers

UD Speaker Series Events

2012-13: Education for Transformation
Dan Gediman -- Executive Director of This I Believe (Annual First Year Read address)
Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today -- Film Screening and Panel Discussion (Co-sponsored by the Gutmann Lectureship in Judaic Studies with additional support by Marshall Ruchman)
Isabel Wilkerson -- The Warmth of Other Suns
Ana Castillo, Ph.D. -- "The Dream Act and Other Hopes"
Eboo Patel -- Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core (Annual MLK address)
Michelle Alexander, J.D. -- The New Jim Crow
Nicholas Kristof -- Co-Author of Half the Sky (Co-sponsored by UD's Social Justice Convention)
Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D. -- "Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative" (Annual Stander Symposium address); Sir Ken's video intro to his UD visit http://vimeo.com/user11042050/review/63280344/59d2f0e7c4

2011-12: Building Movements for Social Justice
Vandana Shiva -- The Future of Food
Ottmar Edenhofer -- To Whom Does the Atmosphere Belong? Linking Climate and Development Policy (*event canceled*)
Ebony Utley -- Social Movement Strategies and the Hip Hop Generation (Annual MLK address)
David Suzuki -- The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom Line (Annual Stander Symposium address) 

Diversity Lecture Series Events

Roxana Saberi -- Courage Under Fire: Matters of Conscience and Faith in Iran
Geoffrey Canada -- Waiting for Superman: The Crisis Facing Youth - What Adults and Communities Can Do to Save Our Children****
Kareen Abdul-Jabbar -- An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: On the Shoulders of Giants

Juana Bordas
Hill Harper
Roland Martin****

Elie Wiesel

Soledad O'Brien
Gideon Yago and Reza Aslan
Bishop Vashti McKenzie****
Sweet Honey In The Rock

Maria Hinojosa
Juan Williams
Kirk Franklin****
Spike Lee

Azar Nafisi
Joseph Shapiro
Johnnetta B. Cole****
Paul Rusesabagina

Dr. Troy Duster
Bebe Moore Campbell
Clarence Page****
Nikki Giovanni
Winona LaDuke
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Brian McNaught
Ambassador Andrew Young
Coretta Scott King
Dr. Roger Daniels

Distinguished Speaker Series Events

Jonathan Kozol -- The Shame of the Nation


Barbara Ehrenreich -- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

David Bornstein -- Author And Agent of Positive Change
Gail Dines -- Sex(ism), Love, and Identity in a Pornographic Culture
Fotis Kafatos -- From Crete to Africa: A Life In Science
Rajiv Chandrasekaran -- Iraq's Elusive Peace: A Reporter's View from Inside the Green Zone

Bill McKibben ... Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age
Frosty WooldridgeMarci Hamilton -- God, Politics, and Power
Leonard Pitts Jr. -- The Home of the Brave
Asra Nomani -- Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam

Hilfiker -- Urban Injustice
Arizmendi Arau -- A Day Without a Mexican
Tabin -- Why Your Heart is on the Left and not on the Right
Garrett -- Pandemic Security
LaDuke -- Recovering the Sacred: Religion, Faith, and the Land from a Native Woman's Perspective

Eric Schlosser -- Fast Food Nation
Reverend Dr. Joseph C. Hough, Jr. -- Economic Disparity: A Challenge to the Abrahamic Faiths
E.O. Wilson, Ph.D. -- The Future of Life
Anne Garrels -- The War in Iraq as Witnessed and Reported by NPR Senior Correspondent Anne Garrels.

Dr. David Courtwright -- The Worm Gets the Early Bird: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Risky Status Sphere of Exhibition Flying
Nadine Strossen -- Current Challenges to Civil Liberties
Manning Marable -- Durban to Dayton: Community Summit on Eliminating Racism
Dr. Art Levine -- Educational Reform and the University:  How Should the University Community be Involved in K-12 Reform?
Marge Piercy -- Female, Left, Rooted in Nature and Proud: The Poetry of Marge Piercy
Michael Himes and Patrick Byrne -- Finding God in All Things: Teaching and Researching in a Catholic University

Andre Dubus, III -- Writing Into the Unknown**
James Fallows -- War with Iraq: Why, How, and What it Means to You***
Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB -- Heart of Flesh
Dr. William Schulz -- I Never Want to Speak English Again: Human Rights in a Post-9/11 World
Dr. Molefi Asante -- Africana Studies: Past, Present, and Future Prospects
Dr. Gene Corley -- World Trade Center Attack: Why the Towers FellErnest Gaines -- Readings from A Lesson Before Dying

Kathleen Norris -- Dakota and Beyond: What’s the Use of Memoir?**
Thomas Friedman -- Lexus and the Olive Tree Co-sponsored with Dayton Council on World Affairs
Edwin Moses -- An Evening with Edwin Moses***
Phil Donahue -- An Evening with Phil Donahue*
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo -- Women’s Rights: A Global Perspective
Elliott Aronson -- Could Columbine Have Been Avoided … You Bet Your Life

Reverend Peter Gomes -- Transformed and Transforming Texts: The Bible and its Interpretation
Robert Mark -- Light, Wind, and Structure: The Technology of High Gothic Cathedrals
Parker Palmer -- The Recovery of Community in Higher Education: On Knowing, Teaching, and Learning
Adam Hochschild -- The Real Heart of Darkness: King Leopold’s Congo
Michael Berube -- Disability and the ‘Difference’ it Makes***
Stephanie Coontz -- Families in a New Millennium: Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?
Bruce Harris -- Innocence Lost: The Plight of Central America’s Street Children

+         Contribution to program ($5,000) from President Gerald Ford

*         Writers’ Workshop Keynote

**       Scholars Author

***     University Scholars Address

****   Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Address


University of Dayton Speaker Series
c/o Andrea Wade
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1320

For additional information or special accommodations, please contact the office of the provost at 937-229-2245.