The Wilson Lecture is the premiere speaking event on campus. Previous honorees have included Lisa Perez Jackson (Apple Inc.’s Vice President for the Environment), Caroline Myles (founder of the Save the Children Foundation), and Amy Smith (inventor and founder of the MIT d-LAB). Faculty members are encouraged to nominate people of national and international importance to be invited by the college president to come speak. The Wilson Lecture is always a banner event on campus. A call for nominations will go out every spring.
PAST WILSON LECTURERS:
2022 Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy
2020 Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the 1619 Project
2019 Jane Mayer, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, best-selling author
2018 Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States; Nobel Peace Prize recipient (2007)
2017 William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University
2016 Lisa Perez Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple, Inc.
2015 Michael Ondaatje, novelist and poet, in conversation with writer Pico Iyer.
2013 Caroline Myles, founder of the Save the Children Foundation
2012 E. J. Dionne, author and news commentator for the Washington Post and NPR
2011 Amy Smith, inventor and founder of the MIT d-LAB
2010 Anne Patterson, former US Ambassador to Pakistan
2009 Chinua Achebe, poet and writer
2008 Olivia Judson, evolutionary biologist