Distinguished Lecture Series

The Honors College sponsors and presents Boise State University’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Twice a year, the Series brings eminent speakers to Boise State from the realm of politics, academics, and humanitarian activism to promote the discussion of important issues.

Spring 2019 Speaker

Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Distinguished Lecture Series featured Nikole Hannah-Jones on April 8, 2019 at 7pm in the Morrison Center. Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created, and maintains, racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity.

She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act, and is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With. Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame. Learn more about Hannah-Jones.

For additional information, visit go.boisestate.edu/distinguishedlectures.

Past Speakers

  • Antony J. Blinken: Former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Werner Herzog: Award-winning screenwriter, film director, author, and actor
  • Sarah Lewis: Bestselling Author and Assistant Professor at Harvard University
  • Carl Wieman: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist and Professor of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University
  • Julia Gillard: Former Prime Minister of Australia, Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion, public speaker, and member of the United Nations Security Council
  • Margaret Atwood: Literary influence, Booker Prize winner, and distinguished author of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction
  • Sir Salman Rushdie: Distinguished author, public intellectual, and free-speech proponent
  • Richard Heinzl: Founder of the first North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders
  • Jonathan Spence: Respected Historian and China Expert
  • Louis Menand: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and scholar of American studies
  • Steven Pinker: Cognitive scientist one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind and human nature