Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Speaker Series

The Levitt Center Speaker Series is committed to enhancing the academic experience of our students by introducing them to a wide array of intellectually challenging speakers. The Series features many speakers with substantial academic and policy experience, an invaluable asset in helping students make the connection between the classroom and policies enacted in the real world. Students and other audience members have the opportunity to engage speakers in thoughtful discussion following each lecture. Our four program areas, Inequality and Equity, Justice and Security, Sustainability, and Public Health and Well-Being; as well as our Transformational Leadership and Social Innovation initiatives, provides a focus for our year-long lecture series, as well as for our Faculty Lunch series and Innovation Roundtable discussions.

Spring 2016 Speakers

John Dau
Human Rights Activist
"Between Two Worlds"
Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 p.m., the Chapel

James Jacobs
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts at the New York University School of Law
"What Is the Problem for which Gun Control Is the Solution?
Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., Dwight Lounge
"The 2nd and 14th Amendments and Gun Culture"
Thursday, February 25, 4:15 p.m., the Red Pit (KJ 127)
"Gun Controls: Keeping Firearms out of the Hands of Dangerous Users"
Monday, February 29, 4:15 p.m., the Red Pit (KJ 127)
"Good Guns and Bad Guns"
Tuesday, March 1, 4:15, the Red Pit (KJ 127)

Michael E. Mann
Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University
Monday, April 4, 7:00, the Chapel

Robert Jensen
Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, April 21, 6:30, the Chapel

Fall 2015 Speakers

Anna Badkhen
"Walking with Abel: Herding Cattle in Mali and Other Ways of Looking at the World"
Wednesday, September 9

Rhodessa Jones
Director, The Medea Project
"Ancient Myth: A Tool for Self-Discovery"
Tuesday, September 15

Veronika Scott
CEO and Founder, The Empowerment Plan
"Empowerment Thru Employment"
Monday, September 21

Dmitry Suslov
Deputy Director for Studies, Center for Comprehensive European International Studies at the School of World Economy and International Affairs
"Russia and the New Cold War"
Thursday, October 1

Magdalena Stawkowski
Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University
"I Am a Radioactive Mutant: Post-Human Adaptation at the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site"
Wednesday, October 7

Danielle Nierenberg
President and Founder, Food Tank
"Cultivating a Better Food System"
Tuesday, October 27

Colum McCann
Author and Advisory Board Member, Narrative 4
Thursday, November 5