Speaker Series

An author once named one of Time magazine?s ?Most Influential People?, a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, a former U.N. representative, and an award-winning sociologist will headline the University of Dayton?s Speaker Series.

The 2015-16 series begins with fall lectures by Ellen Gustafson, a sustainable food system activist, and Eric Liu, a civics educator and founder of Citizen University.

It continues in the spring featuring Elijah Anderson, a sociology professor at Yale University, and Michael Pollan, author of four New York Times bestsellers.

The talks are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited and offered on a first-come basis. Parking is available without a permit in B and C lots.

“These are people who found their passions and make a difference in the world,” said Kathy Webb, University of Dayton dean of libraries and Speaker Series outgoing committee chair. “They are a dynamic group who will raise new issues in the series this year.”

Gustafson’s lecture, “A New Understanding of Hunger, Obesity and the Food System,” begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom. A book signing will immediately follow her talk.

Gustafson is the author of We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World. She also is co-founder of Food Tank: the Food Think Tank. She previously co-founded FEED Projects, which sells bags, accessories and apparel and has funded more than 60 million school meals for children around the world. Gustafson also worked as a U.S. spokesperson for the U.N. World Food Program, a terrorism research reporter for the ABC News Investigative Unit, and a research associate for the Military Fellows at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Liu’s lecture, “Reimagining Citizenship,” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Kennedy Union ballroom. A book signing will also follow this event.

Liu has written several books, including his latest, A Chinaman's Chance. His Citizen University “promotes and teaches the art of great citizenship.” He previously worked as a speechwriter and policy advisor to President Bill Clinton.

Anderson will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 26, 2016, in the Kennedy Union ballroom. His lecture is part of the annual celebration honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His books include The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life and Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City.

Pollan’s lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. April 21, 2016, in the University of Dayton RecPlex. It is co-sponsored by the Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium. A book signing will follow. Pollan’s bestsellers include Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual; In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto; The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals; and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World. Time magazine named Pollan one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2010.

The speakers were selected among nominations from students, faculty and staff. More information about the series is available online.


News and Communications Staff