University Lecture Series Announced

The 2013-2014 University Lecture series was announced, and includes luminaries in a number of disciplines as well as a special commemorative lecture for the 25th anniversary of Pan Am Flight 103.

The University Lectures series lineup for the 2013-14 has been announced. Beginning on October 8th, the series will bring 8 speakers to Syracuse University, including Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, and Senator George J. Michael who will deliver a commemorative lecture for the 25th anniversary of Pan Am Flight 103.

Supported by Syracuse University’s Trustees, alumni and friends, the lecture series is now in its 13th season. Since the series began, the Office of University Lectures has brought speakers with remarkable accomplishments, who can share their diverse global knowledge and viewpoints with the Central New York and SU communities. This year is no exception, with renowned writers, advocates, politicians, and artists visiting the hill.

The full lineup for the season is below.

Fall 2013

  • Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, October 8
  • Eric Liu, founder of the Guiding Lights Network, October 22
  • Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-03, October 30
  • George J. Mitchell, retired senator and peace envoy, November 12

Spring 2014

  • Chris Hayes, political commentator, February 25
  • Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and author, March 4
  • Anna Deavere Smith, actress and playwright, March 25
  • Diane Ravitch, author of “The Death and Life of the Great American School System" April 1

Each lecture will be held in Hendricks Chapel and is free and open to the public.

For more information about the University Lectures series, contact Esther Gray in the Office of Academic Affairs at 315-443-2941 or More information can also be found on the University Lectures Facebook page.

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