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Notable Speakers

We routinely welcome notable speakers to campus who meet with students and faculty, present to the community, and complement our academic mission. Recent speakers include: 

Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist

Jeff Corwin, Animal Planet Host and Leading Conservationist

Ambassador Andrew Young, Ambassador, Congressman, Mayor, humanitarian, ordained minister, international businessman, and sports enthusiast

Senator George J. Mitchell, global diplomat, peace negotiator, and leadership expert

Zainab Salbi, author and co-founder of Women to Women International

Dr. Robert M. Gates
, U.S. Secretary of Defense 2006-2011

Vandana Shiva, world-renowned environmental leader

James Carville and Mary Matalin, one of America's best-loved political couples

Hardman Lecture Series

This lecture series presents in-depth discussions with some of the leading journalists of our time and is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

Public Policy Lecture

In 2008, MCLA announced the establishment of the Public Policy lecture series, making public policy forums an ongoing part of the College's long-term speaker offerings, in complement to MCLA's major in political science and public policy.  The series is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust.

MCLA Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture

This annual lecture series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and is sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment. 

Community Reading

Every summer, the incoming students are encouraged to read a book in common that serves as the basis for several events when the term begins in September. In early fall, we invite the author to campus to discuss the book.  

Creating Equality

"Creating equality" is the theme  for a series of presentations, lectures, films, and other events  to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement and its continuing impact on American society today.

Faculty Brown Bag Lectures

MCLA faculty are engaged in research and special projects.  Each semester select faculty present and discuss their scholarly activities at our "Brown Bag Lecture Series".

Green Living Seminar Series

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Tricks of the Trade

A program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, Tricks of the Trade is a professional development seminar series for artists and creatives.  

Upcoming Lectures

Hardman Lecture: Nicholas Kristof
MCLA Amsler Campus Center gymnasium
10/16/2014 at 7:00 pm

Vadnais Lecture: Dean Cycon
MCLA Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis (Room 218)
11/5/2014 at 7:00 PM

Public Policy Lecture Series: Jose Antonio Vargas
MCLA Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium
11/13/2014 at 7pm