Fall 2011 Speaker Series
Friday, September 2nd, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Professor William Hitchcock
Professor of History at the University of Virginia, Author of The Human Rights Revolution: An International History and The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe; Winner of the George Louis Beer Prize; Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize; Best Seller of the Financial Times; Recipient of the Sarai Ribicoff Teaching Award at Yale University.
Friday, September 9th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Professor Sheri Reynolds
Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Old Dominion Univeristy; Ruth and Perry Morgan Chair of Southern Literature; Best-selling author of works that include Bitteroot Landing, The Rapture of Canaan (Oprah's Book List), A Gracious Plenty, The Firefly Cloak; State Council of High Education Outstanding Faculty Award Winner.
Friday, September 23rd, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Mr. Michael Auslin
Director of Japan Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Associate and Senior Research Fellow at MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University; columnist for the Wall Street Journal; named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund; Fulbright and Japan Foundation Scholar.
Friday, September 30th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Mr. Alexander “Sandy” Gilliam
Special Assistant to Three University of Virginia Presidents; Secretary to the Board of Visitors; Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review; Experienced in the State Department.
Friday, October 14th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Mr. Steven P. Frantz
Partner, Morgan Lewis’s Energy Practice; Specialization in nuclear and energy policy/law.
Friday, October 21st, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Dr. John Mearsheimer
R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago; Co-Director of the Program on the International Security Policy at UChicago; author of Conventional Deterrence (winner of the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award), The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (New York Times Best Seller), Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in Intertional Politics; Receipient of the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching; Recipeint of the Quantrell Award for Distinguished Teaching; elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

-Cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics-
Friday, October 28th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Dr. Charles M. Vest
President of the National Academy of Engineering
President Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Chaired the President’s Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station; Serves on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology; Chaired the U.S. Department of Energy Task Force; Vice Chair of the Council on Competitiveness; Past Chair of the Association of American Universities; Author of two books; Life Member of the MIT Corporation; Recipient of fourteen honorary doctoral degrees.
Friday, November 11th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Mr. Kevin Kosar
Author of the following works: Whiskey: A Global History; Ronald Reagan and Education Policy; and Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education.
Friday, November 18th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Professor William Van Alstyne
Lee Professor of Law at William and Mary Law School. Author of "The American First Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: Cases and Materials." Named by the Journal of Legal Studies as one of the top 40 legal scholars in the United States. Area of specialization includes 1st and 14th Amendments, Civil Rights Law, Comparative Constitutional Systems, and Constitutional Law.