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Previous Speakers

TU’s Darcy O’Brien Endowed Chair brings to campus distinguished speakers in English, law, religion, science and other disciplines. These visiting scholars provide learning opportunities in the forms of classroom teaching, workshops, colloquia and public lectures.

2001

Seamus Heaney, Poet, Writer and Nobel Prize Laureate, 1995

2002

Ronald M. George, Chief Justice, California Supreme Court, Retired

2003

Calvin Trillin, Humorist, Author and Thurber Prize Recipient, 2012

2004

Richard Preston, Author of The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event

2005

George J. Mitchell, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

2007

Kip S. Thorne, Theoretical Physicist
Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent, National Public Radio

2008

Scott Simon, Peabody Award-winning Correspondent and Host, National Public Radio
Tim Blake Nelson, Actor, Director and Writer
Cokie Roberts, Political Analyst, ABC News and Senior News Analyst, National Public Radio
Azar Nafisi, Professor and Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

2009

Billy Collins, Former U.S. Poet Laureate
Lisa Randall, Theoretical Physicist, Harvard University
Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, Egypt

2010

Stephen Sondheim, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Composer and Lyricist
Frank Rich, Former Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Writer-at-large, New York Magazine
C. Owen Lovejoy, Professor of Anthropology, Kent State University
Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, The New York Times

2011

Henning Mankell, Author of Kurt Wallander Series
Michael Ondaatje, Author of The English Patient and Divisadero
Jonathan Franzen, Author of Freedom and The Corrections

2012

George Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, Author and Political Commentator
Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward, Journalists and Coauthors of All the President’s Men
Michael Tilson Thomas, GRAMMY-winning Musician and Conductor

2013

Robert Caro, Pulitzer Prize-winning Biographer
Robert Sapolsky, Biologist and Neuroscientist
P.J. O’Rourke, Author and Political Satirist
Tony Kushner, Author and Playwright of Angels in America

2014

Frank Wilczek, Physicist and Mathematician
Charles C. Mann, Journalist and Author

2015

Jared Diamond, Author of Guns, Germs and Steel
Erik Larson, Author of Dead Wake and In the Garden of Beasts

2016

Elaine Pagels, Author and Religion Scholar
Dennis Lehane, Author of Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone

2017

Evan Osnos, Investigative Journalist and Author