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.

Through the voices of renowned agents of change, the current Bucknell Forum series, Revolution Redefined, will explore social change and how it has — or has not — evolved over time, as well as how individuals can grow to become global citizens who make meaningful, lasting impacts on society in a variety of ways.

Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist and conservationist, will speak at Bucknell University on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The talk is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served. || Learn more

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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