A partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation to bring renowned thinkers, artists, designers and leaders to OSU to engage the community on topics of global significance.

Provost's Lecture featuring Dr. Mae C. Jemison - Engineer, Physician, former NASA Astronaut, and Principal, 100 Year Starship


Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential

February 4, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via zoom. Free and open to the public.

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Oregon State University invites you to join a virtual event featuring Dr. Mae C. Jemison - first woman of color in space, national science literacy ambassador, advocate for radical leaps in knowledge, technology, design and thinking on Earth and beyond. Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut.

Dr. Mae C. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching nonprofit initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building a multi-faceted global community to foster the cultural, scientific, social and technical commitment, support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision-An Inclusive, Audacious Journey (that) Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond. The 100YSS Way Research Institute seeks to generate the radical leaps that accelerate knowledge, technology, design, and thinking not just for space travel, but to enhance life on Earth. Jemison led the team that won the competitive, single awardee seed funding grant in February 2012 from premiere research agency DARPA.

Provost's Lecture Featuring Ibram X. Kendi - National Book Award Winner, Historian and Leading Antiracist Voice in America

April 14, 2021 from (New Time) 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. via zoom. Free and open to the public.

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Oregon State University invites you to join a virtual event featuring Ibram X. Kendi - National Book Award Winner (2019), Guggenheim Fellow, historian, three-time NY Times best selling author and journalist. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His next book, Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action, will be released in October.

Past Provost's Lecture Speakers Include the Following:

W. Kamau Bell
January 31, 2019

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

Maya Lin
April 26, 2018

Image of Maya LIn, Provost's Lectuer 2018

Robin Chase
March 8, 2017

image of Robin Chase, Provost's Lecturer 2017

Ruth Reichl
February 17, 2016

image of Ruth Reichl, OSU Provost's Lecturer, 2016

Michael Beschloss
November 10, 2015

image of Michael Beschloss, OSU Provost's Lecturer 2015

Richard Besser
April 13, 2015

image of Richard Besser, OSU Provost's Lecturer 2015

Please contact Andrea McDaniel in the Office of the Provost for information regarding future Provost's Lectures.