September 24, 2016 - 7:18pm
Tom Gjelten spoke about the rise of Donald Trump and the media's dilemma in covering him at a lecture on Friday.

Award-winning NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten spoke about the presidential election, his experiences reporting on religion, and his latest book “A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story” on Friday in the Hergenhan Auditorium.

February 9, 2015 - 12:27pm
Dr. Umar Johnson, a school psychologist, said that the educational testing system is America's new Jim Crow.

Psychologist Umar Johnson said that test culture, underrepresentation of black teachers in schools and the political issues involved in the educational reform have left African Americans behind in his speech Thursday night at Gifford Auditorium.

September 16, 2013 - 11:46am
Misha Glouberman was the opening speaker for the 2013 Syracuse Symposium.

“Shut up and listen.”

This is how Dympna Callaghan, interim director of the SU Humanities Center, began the 2013 Syracuse Symposium, “Listening,” on Thursday night at the Hall of Languages.

March 19, 2013 - 11:53pm
Renowned photographer Jim Richardson used examples from nature to explain how too much light affects all kinds of life.

Jim Richardson has been all over the world.  He’s published photos for over 25 stories in National Geographic and he's taken pictures from Kansas to Scotland.  But Richardson doesn’t flaunt his travels.  Rather, he started off his lecture at Hendrick’s Chapel on Tuesday night by showing us a place we all share, but so often forget — our place among the stars. 

"We live here,” Richardson said, pointing to a photo of a starry night.  “We live in the galaxy up there, the Great Milky Way." 

October 24, 2012 - 12:19pm
Jesse Tyler Ferguson shared what it was like struggling with his sexuality during his teenage years.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s parents forced him to drop out of his high school musical after they caught him trying to shoplift gay porn.

Ferguson, to this day, disagrees with the way his parents handled the situation.

“Note to parents everywhere: If you feel like your child is struggling with his sexuality and he’s caught stealing gay porn, let your kid do the goddamned musical,” he said.

October 10, 2012 - 11:10pm
The journalist elaborated on his research and novel about President Barack Obama's administration.

By the time President Barack Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, he had already authorized twice as many drone attacks as George W. Bush’s administration, said Daniel Klaidman, veteran correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Klaidman, author of "Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency," spoke in the Miron Special Events Room of Newhouse I Wednesday afternoon.

September 15, 2012 - 5:49pm
Boston Globe reporter Michael Kranish spoke in Maxwell Auditorium about his latest book, "The Real Romney."

Thirty-six years ago, Michael Kranish was a political science and journalism major at Syracuse University with an ambition to become a political reporter.

He stood in the same auditorium where he took an introductory American government class in 1976. Only this time, he was the lecturer.

April 12, 2012 - 12:25am
Lecturer James Stewart reminds Maxwell audience that slavery takes many modern forms.

James Stewart doesn’t blink an eye when he tells you there may be as many as 40 million enslaved people in the world. Presenting the truth when everyone has been told a different story is what he does.

“I’m not an activist, although I’m very angry," he said.

Stewart spoke Monday afternoon at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship as part of the lecture series “Abolishing Slavery in Lincoln’s Time and Ours: Toward the Development of a 21st Century Abolitionist Movement.”

March 9, 2011 - 12:05pm
Daniel Ellsberg discusses WikiLeaks and his decision to make top secret Vietnam War-era government documents public.

Conscience over career.

That was the choice that Daniel Ellsberg made in 1971 when he provided more than 7,000 pages of secret government documents to The New York Times, detailing the history of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. 

March 4, 2011 - 12:30am
About 25 students demonstrate outside of Maxwell School where Michelle Malkin spoke about the political left blaming the right for terror attempts, mass shootings and more.

A small but vocal group of students rallied against controversial political commentator Michelle Malkin’s Thursday talk at Syracuse University.

Since the release of her book, "The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror", Malkin has emerged as a leading conservative blogger, best-selling author and regular guest on Fox News Channel.