Past Speakers

The American Dream Event Series (Part I-III)                                                                          
Part I: The Fight for Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Labor Equality featuring Christine Chavez, Civil Rights & Labor Movement Activist.
Presented with the BAIC-HHM Committee and Latinos@BC                                                                                            

Part II: Salt of the Earth (1954) with respondents Prof. John Michalczyk and Prof. Cynthia Lyerly.
Presented with the History and Fine Arts Departments                         

Part III: The Labor Movement: From Yesterday to Today with panelists Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University, Donna Blythe-Shaw, United Steelworkers of America Union, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, 1st Suffolk District, Lynn Johnson, Boston College, David Twomey, Boston College  Moderator: Ben Birnbaum, Boston College.
Presented with the Theater Department

A Dialogue on Vocation featuring  Jack Griffin, President of Meredith Publishing and Ken Hackett, President of Catholic Relief Services
Presented with the Intersections Program

A Path Appears: Reporting on Gender Inequities and Global Health featuring Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists & Human Rights Advocates
Presented with the Park Street Corporation Series

An Unknown Future featuring Gareth Cook, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Michele Goodwin, DePaul College of Law Professor, and Michael Moreland, Villanova School of Law Professor and former domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush
Presented with the Theatre Department and the Robsham Theatre Arts Center                 

Carol Anderson, Professor, Emory University and Author, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy
Presented with the Lowell Humanties Series and the History Department

Francisco Aristeguieta
, CEO of Citigroup Latin America
Presented with the Latin American Business Club, AHANA, BCES, ENACTUS, The Organization of Latin American Affairs, and Heights Capital

Ben Austen, Author, High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing
Presented with the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate & Urban Action, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts

Rev. John Baumann, S.J., Co-founder, PICO International
Presented with the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Katherine Boo, Staff writer, New Yorker                                                             
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Howard Bunsis, Chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, Show Us the Money! University Financial Statements
Presented with BCAAUP, the Faculty Compensation Committee, the Department of History

Geoffrey Canada, Educator                                                                                          
Presented with Students for Education Reform

Francisco Cantú, Author, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border                                                             
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Sarah Chayes,  Author, Thieves of State: Why CorruptionThreatens Global Security
Presented with the Islamic Civilization and Societies

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Author, Between the World and Me                                                       
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Tina Corea and Lora Krsulich, BC Women in Newark: Alternative Career Paths in Urban Policy & Politics
Presented with the Department of Political Science

David Cowan, Setting the Agenda for Global Dialogue: A Theoretical and Practical Approach to Business Ethics in Saudi Arabia 
Presented with the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Anna Deavere Smith, Professor, Playwright and Actor
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Sylvia Earle, DSc, Marine biologist & explorer, and Author
Presented with EcoPledge, Environmental Studies Department, and BC Dining

Steve Eisman, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Neuberger Berman and featured in the movie The Big Short
Presented with the BC Economics Association

Forensics and Accounting Ethics                                                                      
Presented with the Accounting Department

From Plurality to Solidarity through Justice: How faith-based community organizing amid diversity of faith and ethnicity can inform theological discourse and the practice of ministry.

Hitler’s Mein Kampf: Prelude to the Holocaust
Presented with the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, BC Law School /Holocaust Project, Jewish Studies Program, Film Studies Program, Woods College of Advancing Studies, and more.

Dick and Rick Hoyt, Father and Son Marathon Team                                                    
Presented with the Campus School Volunteers

Meb Keflezighi, US Marathoner                                                                                 
Presented with Share Your Sport and WeRunBC

Nicholas Kristof, Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Reacting to Slavery in the 21st Century
Presented with Boston College R.E.A.C.T., AID, SASA, Asian Caucus, Slavic Club, Amnesty International

Leading for Social Impact featuring Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities and Sarah Smith, Director, Mercy Investment Services.
Presented with the Center for Social Innovation and the Institute for the Liberal Arts

Leading Women: Breaking Barriers in Athletics featuring Laura Gentile, MBA'96, Founder and Senior VP, espnW and Dr. Jen Welter '00, First Female NFL Coach
Presented with Boston College Women's Summit: Own It

Legally Blind: Law, Ethics, and the Third Reich: A conference on Nazi Law as it impacts upon Civil Law, Race, Medicine, and Religion.
Presented with the Fine Arts Department and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Fr. Raymond G. Helmick, S.J. Inaugural Memorial Lecture: Religion and Conflict Transformation featuring David Little, Research Fellow, Georgetown University            
Presented with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice; Faith, Peace and Justice Program; Film Studies Program Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries; Knights of the Holy Sepulcher; Rotary Club of Scituate, MA and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Chris Lowney, Author, Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World            
Presented with the Intersections Project

Dannel P. Malloy '77, Law'80, P'15, Governor of Connecticut (2011-2019)
Presented with the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy

Madan Sara Film Screening and Discussion
Presented with L'Association Haitienne de Boston College, African & African Diaspora Studies, Forum on Racial Justice, Women's Center, and the Office of Global Engagement.

Gina McCarthy, Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Presented with Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Program, International Studies Program, Institute for the Liberal Arts, Jesuit Institute, the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, and the Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.

Liz McCartney '94, 2008 CNN "Hero of the Year," Lessons Learned From Katrina
Presented with the BC Alumni Association

Bill McKibben, Author, Educator, and Environmentalist                                                 
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series and Ecopledge                                         

María Emma Mejía, United Nations Permanent Colombia Representative                          
Presented with the Latin American Business Club, AHANA, BCES, ENACTUS, The Organization of Latin American Affairs, and Heights Capital

Cullen Murphy, Author, Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America   
Presented with the History and Political Science Departments

Bill Plunkert '68, Former CIA agent                                                                        
Presented with the History Department, Political Science Department and the International Studies Program

Professional Responsibility, Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Leadership in Clinical Ethics: Conference provided health care and allied professionals and pre-professional students with the tools to recognize the ethical content of care-giving situations.
Presented with the Connell School of Nursing

Pueblos Originales: Cultural and Civic Challenges
Presented with The Organization of Latin American Affairs   

Robert Reich, Inequality for All                                                                                
Presented with the Boston College Civic Engagement Initiative

Dr. Salamisha Tillet and Scheherazade Tillet, Co- Founders, A Long Walk Home, Inc.
Presented with African and African Diaspora Studies

Joanne Scheff Bernstein, Interim Executive Director, Lake Forest Symphony, Illinois Leadership in Arts Marketing, Leadership in Arts Marketing                                              
Presented with the Boston College Arts Council

Rebecca Skloot, Author, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks                                     
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Filmmaker, ‘Miss Representation’ & Girls’ Advocate                  
Presented with BC Student Affairs

Elizabeth Smart, Activist and Author                                                                       
Presented with the Science Club for Girls, R.E.A.C.T., FISTS, Sharps, To Write Love on Her Arms, I Am That Girl, WRC, UGBC and Strong Women, Strong Girls

Bryan Stevenson, Author, Just Mercy & Founder, Equal Justice Initiative
Presented with the Lowelly Humanities Series and PULSE Program

The Crisis in Nicaragua
Presented with The Organization of Latin American Affairs   

The Race of Our Lives: Confronting and Solving the Global Climate Crisis
Panelists: Jeremy Grantham, Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo, James Hansen, Columbia University, and Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, Moderator: Juliet Schor, Boston College 
Presented with the Environmental Studies                          

Miles Taylor, White House Whistleblower and Author, Warning
Presented with the Political Science Department

Krista Tippett, Author                                                                                          
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series 

Paul Tough, Author                                                                                               
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Venezuela: The Origins, Development and Future of the Crisis
Presented with The Organization of Latin American Affairs

Isabel Wilkerson, Author
Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series