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Distinguished Lecture Series

2014 Speaker: Religious Scholar and Author Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” as well as the internationally acclaimed “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” which was named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade by Blackwell Publishers. He is also the author of “How to Win a Cosmic War,” and is a regular contributing editor to The Daily Beast. In addition, Aslan frequently appears on numerous television shows including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.”


2013 Speaker: Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group and a nationally syndicated columnist. In May 2005, Huffington launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that is now one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006 and 2011, Huffington was named to the TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.


2012 Speaker: Neuroscientist David Eagleman

What's on your mind?" is a pretty loaded question if you ask David Eagleman, renowned neuroscientist and international bestselling author. His most recent bestseller, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the mystifying subconscious, delving into questions like:
  • Why is it so difficult to keep a secret?
  • Why does the conscious mind know so little about itself?
  • Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J?

Inaugural Speaker: Author Sir Salman Rushdie

Sir Salman Rushdie, one of the most celebrated and controversial figures in modern day literature, will serve as the first speaker in the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series on May 4, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Main Auditorium. Rushdie is best known for his novels Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses, the latter of which earned him worldwide recognition as a champion of free speech.