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Distinguished Lecture Series

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton

Thursday, April 4 • 6 p.m.

NEW LOCATION: Enlow Recital Hall

215 North Avenue • Hillside, N.J.

Best-selling author Chelsea Clinton will speak about her new children’s book, Don’t Let Them Disappear, and threats to endangered animals during a special lecture event and book signing. The event is co-sponsored by the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership and Kean’s Distinguished Lecture Series and is open to the public.

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Previous Lectures

Here's a list of past lectures in the Kean University Distinguished Lecture Series.

Abigail E. Disney and the Rev. Rob Schenk

The Armor of Light

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 • 4:30 p.m. • STEM Auditorium

In this installment of the Kean University Distinguished Lecture Series, two renowned speakers addressed the question Can a person be both pro-gun and pro-life?

Distinguished Lecturers: Abigail E. Disney and Rev. Rob Schenck

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Judy A. Smith

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 • 4:30 p.m. • STEM Auditorium

Judy Smith was the inspiration for and co-executive producer of Scandal, a TV drama revolving around the life and work of a high-powered crisis management executive. She is the founder and president of Smith & Company, a leading strategic advisory firm with offices nationwide.

Smith has worked on some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the Iran-Contra investigation; the prosecution of former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry; the 1991 Gulf War; the congressional inquiry of Enron; the President Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky; and the Sony Corporation hacking crisis. She also serves as counselor to Fortune 500 corporations and authored the book, Good Self, Bad Self.

Smith spoke about crisis management and her work in communication, media and politics.

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Jon Meacham

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 • 4:30 p.m. • STEM Auditorium

Jon Meacham is a renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Society of American Historians, Meacham is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, a contributing editor of Time, and has written for The New York Times op-ed page, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and Garden & Gun. Meacham is also a regular guest on “Morning Joe” and other broadcasts.

Grant Imahara

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 • 4:30 p.m. • STEM Auditorium

For almost a decade, Grant Imahara was one of the hosts of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters. Using a blend of science and fun, he put urban legends to the test, sometimes with explosive results. Before becoming a Mythbuster, Grant was a model maker and animatronics engineer at George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), where he worked in movie special effects. At ILM, he worked on 11 feature films, including Star Wars: Episodes 1-3, Artificial Intelligence: AI, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Grant is currently the co-host of the Netflix original series, White Rabbit Project, where he and his co-stars investigate the science behind the greatest inventions, the most daring heists, and unusual pop culture events in American history.


Soledad O'Brien

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • STEM Auditorium

An award-winning journalist, documentarian and producer, Soledad O'Brien is also the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women. She spoke about the issues of gender, race and social inequality.

Bob Woodward

Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 4:30 p.m. • STEM Auditorium

Bob Woodward, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist best known for his coverage of the Watergate scandal, spoke about the importance of a free press and investigative journalism on February 22 as part of a new distinguished lecture series at Kean University. The event was free and open to the public.

An associate editor of The Washington Post and best-selling author, Woodward is widely regarded as one of the best journalists in the nation’s history and is the ideal person to launch the new lecture series, said Kean President Dawood Farahi, Ph.D.