Past Speakers

These are some of the most memorable speakers that we've been able to bring over the years.

Laura Ling

Location: Jamrich 1100

Award-winning journalist and co-author of Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home.

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Keith Knight

Location: Great Lakes Rooms

Keith Knight is the creator of three popular comic strips: The Knight Life, (th)ink, and The K Chronicles.

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Eric Schlosser

Food Nukes

Location: Jamrich 1100 7:30 PM


Eric Schlosser is an investigative reporter for the Atlantic Monthly, and the author of the best-selling book “Fast Food Nation.” Mr. Schlosser has also contributed to popular magazines such as the Rolling Stone and the New Yorker. He has also appeared on various television programs including Sixty Minutes, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and O’Reilly Factor.

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Tim Wise

Politics Diversity Race

Location: Great Lakes Rooms 7:30PM


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Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Speaking at over 1000 college campuses, he was named one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”. Along with writing many books and essays, Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America”.

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Hilary Corna

Travel Inspirational Business

Fresh out of college, Hilary bought a one way ticket to Singapore and gave herself two months and $2000 to find a job. Eventually, she did and became an executive at Toyota. She wrote a book about her experiences, which is currently in the process of becoming a screenplay.

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Jessie Close

Author Inspirational Mental Health

Ms. Close has spent her entire life battling severe depression, anxiety, and mania. Her speech, being very open and to-the-point about her struggles to find medication and help, was a great segue into a conversation among community members, staff, and students to feel comfortable talking about menta...

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Kim Barker

Politics Author Travel

Kim was the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune in the early 2000s. She shared about her experience with the “forgotten war” of Afghanistan. Her book about her time abroad (titled The Taliban Shuffle) was recently adapted into a film (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) produced by and starring Tina...

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