Provost's Lecture Series

Provost's Lecture Series

A partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation to bring renowned thinkers, writers, scientists, artists and leaders to OSU to engage, challenge and inspire.



Featuring Margaret Atwood: Award-winning, Bestselling Author and Poet

7 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2024 | LaSells Stewart Center 

An Evening with Margaret Atwood, In Conversation

"A word after a word after a word is power,” says Margaret Atwood, long-time literary titan and feminist icon. In conversation, she speaks on the diverse themes in her wide-ranging body of work: from literature and social activism to the artist’s role in society, and beyond. She draws on her writing, including her landmark novel The Handmaid’s Tale and its record-breaking sequel The Testaments, to offer a keen and prescient look into the hidden truths of our society - and a glimpse of where we might go next. A brilliant and witty speaker, she challenges audiences to think critically about their role in pursuing equality and true democracy, inspiring them to fight against injustice and create the world that they want to see.

The Provost's Lecture featuring Margaret Atwood is the first event in the 2024-25 series. Atwood is an award-winning, bestselling author and poet. Join us for a special Provost's Lecture event in which Margaret Atwood will engage in an in-depth conversation with an esteemed Oregon State University faculty member. This event is sponsored by the OSU Foundation, Office of the Provost and College of Liberal Arts. 

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Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is a co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. It is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat's Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award.  



Featuring Céline Cousteau: Environmental Activist, Filmmaker and Author

7 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2025 | PRAx

We are One Human Tribe

Céline Cousteau has traveled the world, documenting the intersection of nature and humans, sharing her experiences through documentaries, lectures, workshops, and her first book. From the jungles of the Amazon to the Arctic tundra, people have always maintained strong connections with the natural world around them. In fact, their very survival depends on their knowledge and relationship with nature herself. Céline reveals how our cultures and the plants and animals that surround us are all interconnected, illustrating that the protection of the environment is the survival of us all. Rooted in Céline's studies in Psychology and Intercultural Relations, human wellness and planetary health are at the core of this engaging talk. Embark on this thought provoking talk as Céline gently peels back layers, revealing the psychological aspects of our innate connection to the world so we can better understand nature's quiet influence on shaping our cultures and collective well-being.

The Provost's Lecture featuring Céline Cousteau is the second event in the 2024-25 series. Atwood is an environmental activist, filmmaker, and author. Her lecture entitled, "We are One Human Tribe" will document the intersection of nature and humans, revealing the psychological aspects of our innate connection to the world. Following the lecture, Céline Cousteau will engage in a moderated Q&A with an OSU faculty member. 

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Céline Cousteau is an environmental activist, international speaker, documentary filmmaker, facilitator, and author committed to sharing the vital message of interconnectivity between humans and the natural world. With a degree in Psychology & a Masters in Intercultural Relations, Céline weaves storytelling and experiential practices to help people reconnect to self, community, and Nature.

Founder of CauseCentric Productions, Céline creates impactful, cause-focused content including her feature film, Tribes on the Edge, made at the request of the Indigenous Peoples of the Vale do Javari in the Brazilian Amazon. Catalyzed by the film, Céline co-founded The Javari Project, a for-purpose organization that implements tangible actions for the Indigenous Peoples of the Javari.

Fluent in three languages, Céline’s career has taken her around the globe to the United Nations and the World Economic Forum, to corporate events and universities, and in retreats, workshops, and television programs. Her new podcast Interconnected (in development) will bring the voices of today’s leaders in diverse fields ranging from neuroscience and climatology, from business to music, to entertainment and wellness, focusing on an interconnected approach and mindset to today’s most pressing questions and the part we play in the answers.

In 2024, Céline will join an incredible expedition that will map the length of the Amazon River from a newly discovered spring in Peru, to the Atlantic Ocean : Amazon River: From Ice to Sea. Céline sits on the board of directors of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, USA – the first in the nation to plan the move of their dolphins to an ocean sanctuary. Her first book, Le monde après monde grand-père is published by Editions Fayard.

Both lectures will be streamed on

Closed captioning will be available for the both lectures. 

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Previous Speakers

Image of W. Kamau Bell, Provost's Lecture Speaker, OSU 2019

W. Kamau Bell
January 31, 2019

image of Michael Beeschlos, OSU Provost's Lecturer 2015

Michael Beschloss
November 10, 2015

image of Richard Besser, OSU Provost's Lecturer 2015

Richard Besser
April 13, 2015

image of Robin Chase, Provost's Lecturer 2017

Robin Chase
March 8, 2017

David Eagleman
October 27, 2021

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
November 9, 2020

Diana B. Henriques
March 14, 2024

Mae C. Jemison
February 4, 2021

Mary Karr
April 13, 2022

Ibram X. Kendi
April 14, 2021

Image of Maya LIn, Provost's Lectuer 2018

Maya Lin
April 26, 2018

Michael Pollan
April 2, 2024

image of Ruth Reichl, OSU Provost Lecturer, 2016

Ruth Reichl
February 17, 2016

Laurie Santos
April 4, 2023

cheryl strayed

Cheryl Strayed
January 15, 2015

Sam Quinones 
November 14, 2022