Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series brings speakers of international acclaim to Kent State to present a lecture of interest to the entire community.

In our selection of speakers, we endeavor to represent a broad range of distinguished authors, artists, scientists and social commentators that will create a unique and valuable contribution to the cultural life of the university and Northeast Ohio.

The lectures are free of charge and open to the general public. The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is coordinated by the Honors College and sponsored by the Office of the Provost. 

Past Speakers


Parker J. Palmer

Parker J. Palmer, world-renowned author, activist, and founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, will speak as part of the Kent State University Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the African Communi

"Healing the Heart of Democracy"

February 18, 2014

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Etgar Keret

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series hosted author Etgar Keret on April 24, 2013 for a lecture titled “The Dark and the Surreal: The Fiction of Etgar Keret.”

"The Dark and the Surreal: The Fiction of Etgar Keret"

April 24, 2013

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Maya del Valle

Acclaimed poet and spoken word artist Mayda del Valle was featured as part of the Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series on Oct. 17, 2012.

"Title"

October 17, 2012

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Nancy Giles

Nancy Giles spoke as part of the Guest of Honor Lecture Series on April 13, 2011."My Wacky Adventures in Race and Racism"

April 13, 2011

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Susan Faludi

Susan Faludi spoke at Kent State University on February 23, 2010 as part of the Guest of Honor Lecture Series."Why Haven't Women Remade the World Yet?"

February 23, 2010

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Ronald Mallett

Physicist Ronald Mallett spoke as part of the Guest of Honor Lecture Series on April 7, 2009."Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality"

April 7, 2009

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Raj Patel

30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center in Room 306.

"Stuffed and Starved"

October 22, 2013

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Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan spoke at Kent State University on February 12, 2013 as part of the Guest of Honor Lecture Series."Knowing (and Loving) Thine Enemy: Gays, Conservatives and Common Ground"

February 12, 2013

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Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie spoke at Kent State University on March 28, 2012 as part of the Guest of Honor University Lecture Series."The Business of Fancydancing: Poems, Stories, and Punch Lines and Highly Biased Anecdotes"

March 28, 2012

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ANTHONY RAPP

As part of the Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series, Anthony Rapp presented "Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent" on Sept. 21, 2010.

"Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent"

September 21, 2010

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HaidEr Hamza

Haider Hamza spoke at Kent State University on September 15, 2009 as part of the Guest of Honor Lecture Series."Talk with an Iraqi"

September 15, 2009

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Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan was featured as the Guest of Honor speaker on October 16, 2008."Freeing an Original Voice: A Challenge of Education"

October 16, 2008

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