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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.

Cokie Roberts


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 Series

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 Series

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


Conflict Prevention and Resolution Speaker Series

This annual series seeks to provide a forum to better understand sources of world conflicts and explore paths to resolve them. It is coordinated by Political Science and Public Policy faculty and is made possible by the Boschen Peace and International Understanding Fund.


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.


Recent Speakers Include:

Clint Watts, NBC News Contributor, Former FBI Agent, Foreign Policy and Cyber Security Expert

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Jenn Smith, 2018 Hardman Journalist-In-Residence

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Jeffrey Toobin, senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker

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Byron Pitts, ABC News Chief National Correspondent, Co-Anchor of ABC News Nightline

Byron Pitts

Cokie Roberts, Political Commentator ABC News and NPR

Abderrahim Foukara, Al Jazeera's Washington DC Bureau Chief

Joy Reid, MSNBC Political Commentator

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, futurist, and a Director of Engineering at Google

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