University of Minnesota
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Our Speakers

Past Lectures

2015

Bryan Stevenson

attorney and human rights activist

2013

Lisa Randall

physicist

2011

Michael J. Sandel

political philosopher

2008

Scott Momaday

poet

2007

Thomas Insel, M.D.

Director of the National Institute for Mental Health

2006

Elaine Pagels

religion scholar

2005

Clay Jenkinson

interpreter of Thomas Jefferson

2003

David McCullough

historian and author

2002

Richard Leakey

paleoanthropologist and conservationist

2001

Margaret Atwood

author

2000

Stephen E. Ambrose

historian and author

1999

James Randi

professional skeptic

1998

Berthold Holldobler

biologist

1997

Persi Diaconis

mathematician

1996

Vincent Courtillot

geologist

1995

John Mortimer

screenwriter

1994

Richard Dawkins

biologist

1993

Billy Taylor

jazz pianist

1992

John R. Searle

philosopher

1991

Stephen Schneider

climatologist

1990

Nicolas Slonimsky

musicologist

1989

Thomas J. Palaima

archaeologist

1988

Bryce Crawford

educator

1987

Athol Fugard

playwright

1986

Stephen Jay Gould

biologist

 
  • Guy Stanton Ford, 1938-1941

    Guy Stanton Ford, professor of history, was president of the University of Minnesota from 1938 to 1941. With his earlier service as graduate school dean, he helped to transform the University of Minnesota into one of the nation's top research and graduate institutions.

    After his death in 1962, Ford's family, friends, and colleagues established an endowment fund for the Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture. This lecture, now held once every two years, brings to the University of Minnesota distinguished scholars from many different areas of inquiry, reflecting Ford's own broad intellectual interests.