Provost's Lecture featuring Sam Quinones

Oct. 11, 2022

11 October 2022

Dear OSU Community Members,

I am pleased to announce Sam Quinones as our next speaker for the Provost’s Lecture Series. Please join us for his lecture on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Sam Quinones is an acclaimed journalist, reporter and author who has written extensively on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, the opioid crisis and challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border. Formerly a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Quinones is now a freelance writer and the author of four acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book, “The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth.” The book chronicles the emergence and impact of drug trafficking in the U.S. as well as Americans’ attempts to recover their communities through simple acts of helping the vulnerable. This follows Quinones landmark book, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” which increased awareness of the country’s opioid epidemic.

This lecture is the first in the 2022-23 series and will be followed by a lecture in April featuring Laurie Santos, Yale psychology professor and host of the popular podcast, The Happiness Lab. The Provost’s Lecture Series is a partnership of my office and the OSU Foundation. It brings renowned thinkers, writers, scientists, artists and leaders to OSU to engage, challenge and inspire.

Following his lecture, Quinones’ will be joined by Allison Myers, director of the OSU Center for Health Innovation in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, who will moderate a Q&A discussion. The lecture is free, open to the public, and will be livestreamed on

Register here to join us in person. I look forward to seeing you on November 14.


Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President