Our University brings Bucknell to the world and the world to Bucknell, including speakers from all disciplines who help make this connection.

Departments across the University's curriculum regularly host outstanding speakers, including various colloquia in the humanities, society and technology, and social science, as well as other disciplines, that bring nationally and internationally renowned guests to campus to talk with students and the campus community about issues affecting our world.


The Bucknell Forum

This national speakers series began in fall 2007 to focus on major issues facing America and the world. Guests have already included beloved newsman Tim Russert, renowned investor Jim Cramer, distinguished presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nobel Laureate F. W. de Klerk, environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and award-winning author Niall Ferguson.

The upcoming Bucknell Forum series, "tech/no," embraces the perils and promises of technology. The series, which starts in fall 2012 and will run through four semesters, aims to stir discussion about the pros and cons of technology, its benefits and damages, its legitimate promises and false panaceas, and its capacity to satisfy human need and desire even as it can bring risk and danger.

The first speaker in the "tech/no" series is Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, who will speak Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Speakers are being sought to explore how technology has affected a range of areas, which might include social change, human relationships, culture, politics, medicine, science, the environment, globalization, education, journalism, business and more. Suggestions for speakers can be sent to theforum@bucknell.edu.

Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters

The Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters is an award given biannually to honor and recognize an individual who represents the very highest level of achievement in the craft of writing within the realms of fiction, non-fiction, or biography. The award was established in 2002.

Recent recipients have been historian Robert A. Caro, playwright Edward Albee, novelist John Edgar Wideman, biographer David McCullough, and poet Derek Walcott.

Black Experiences Lecture

Sponsored by Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, this series facilitates university-wide discussion of issues of race, ethnicity, and gender.

Social Science Colloquium

The U.S. has the largest number of prisoners, and the highest rate of incarceration, of any country in the world. The 2012-13 Social Science Colloquium Mass Incarceration in America will explore the social, political, and economic consequences of mass incarceration in American society.



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