University Lecture Series

May 21, 2010 - 2:44pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas D. Kristof and Emmy Award winner Randy Cohen are among the elite group of speakers.

Mark your calendars, because the 2010-2011 Syracuse University Lecture season is a must-see lineup. Nine speakers will make their appearances on campus throughout the academic year for the University Lecture's 10th season.

Two featured speakers are Randy Cohen and Nicholas D. Kristof.

March 9, 2010 - 9:01pm
NPR’s Scott Simon talks about journalism, health care and powder blue neckties.

In the fast-paced world of 24-hour news media, National Public Radio’s Scott Simon is concerned that something might be getting lost in translation.

“I get really dissatisfied with bromides by people who have an argument all figured out,” he said, “and therefore present just one side of it.”

February 24, 2010 - 11:50am
Why stories need to be told and where to find good ones.

There's an African proverb that goes, "It takes a whole village to raise a child" and for one night the Hendricks Chapel became that village.  

Last night, instead of coming home to a nice, warm meal, I squeezed myself in a pew on the balcony of Hendricks Chapel to see Muhammad Yunus talk.  In the course of two hours, he didn't say anything radically different from what I had read of his work, but nevertheless his words re-infected me--and the rest of the audience as well.  


February 23, 2010 - 9:21pm
Muhammad Yunus shares his vision of "Creating a World Without Poverty" with a receptive Hendricks Chapel crowd.

The man of the hour strolled down the aisle shaking hands and posing for pictures with the astounded crowd as he approached the stage. This scene may sound reminiscent of a Hollywood red carpet or political rally, but the star Tuesday night wasn’t a celebrity — he was an economist.

Muhammad Yunus, a world-renowned Nobel Peace Prize winner, has that effect on people.

Audience members sat elbow-to-elbow in the Hendricks Chapel pews to hear Yunus recall his journey.

February 23, 2010 - 2:33pm
World-renowned economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner shares how his business model can be utilized for academics and crisis relief.

Muhummad Yunus is changing the world and challenging the status quo one person at a time. Yunus, a 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, created the Grameen Bank in 1983 to eradicate poverty through micro-lending in his native Bangladesh.

The premise? Give money to poor women to start their own businesses and emerge from poverty by their own hands. Yunus calls this new way of thinking the social business model.