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Presidential Colloquium Series

The Presidential Colloquium regularly features influential thought leaders in a wide range of fields—from poets and writers to economists and policy experts—to share their expertise, offer insights, and inspire discourse on key social, political and global topics that call for our attention. Come discover, learn, ask questions and engage in the conversation. Lectures are free and open to the public.


2018–19 Events

Martha Minow

Constitution Day Lecture

Monday, September 17, 2018
Time and location TBD

Martha Minow is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School, where her courses include civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. She is also a lecturer in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict.

Nancy Malkiel ’65, LTD ’97

“Keep the Damned Women Out”:  The Struggle for Coeducation

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time and location TBD

Nancy Weiss Malkiel is professor of history, emeritus, at Princeton University. A scholar of 20th-century American history, she is the author of “Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation, a study of the cascade of decisions for coeducation at elite institutions of higher education between 1969 and 1974. During her tenure at Princeton, she served as dean of the college—the longest-serving dean in Princeton's history, at 24 years—and was founding master of Dean Mathey College, one of Princeton’s six residential colleges. A graduate and former trustee of Smith and a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Freeman Hrabowski

Monday, October 29, 2018
Time and location TBD

Freeman Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), his research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was named in 2012 by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Martha Nussbaum

Friday, March 29, 2019
Time and location TBD

Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, where she is jointly appointed in the law school and the philosophy department. She has a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism and ethics, including animal rights. She also holds associate appointments in classics, divinity, and political science. Nussbaum is the author of a number of books, including The Fragility of Goodness, Sex and Social Justice and Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership. She received the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy.

Gabrielle Starr

Monday, April 8, 2019
Time and location TBD

Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr is a highly regarded scholar of English literature whose work reaches into neuroscience and the arts. Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship and a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, Starr offers a compelling voice for working across academic disciplines to spark intellectual discovery. Her research looks closely at the brain, through the use of fMRI, to help get to the heart of how people respond to paintings, music and other forms of art. Her most recent book, Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience, was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2014 Christian Gauss Award.