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Kennedy Lecture Series

Ohio University’s Kennedy Lecture Series was established in 1962 by a gift from OHIO alumni and stalwart supporters Edwin L. and Ruth Kennedy. The Kennedy Lecture Series aims to bring speakers who appeal to a broad cross-section of the OHIO community to the Athens Campus to discuss significant issues in American life.

University departments who are interested in bringing a speaker to campus, please fill out the Kennedy Lecture Series Co-Sponsorship Grant Form

2017-2018 Speakers
Pete Souza Pete Souza
Eyewitness to History: Photographs Capturing the Presidency of
Barack Obama
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
7:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium
Admission is free, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Pete Souza is an award winning photojournalist and former Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and was the Director of the White House photo office. Mr. Souza also served as Assistant Professor of Photojournalism in Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University and previously served as Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. 

Gloria Steinem Gloria Steinem
An Evening with Gloria Steinem
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
7:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium
Admission is free, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer. She is a trailblazer for women’s rights and a leader of the second wave feminist movement. Ms. Steinem co-founded New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, and remained an editor for the latter for 15 years. She is a best-selling author of many books with her most recent book titled My Life on the Road. She has been published in New York Magazine, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and women’s magazines and publications worldwide. She is a founding member of Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice, URGE and is the founding President of the Ms. Foundation for Women.