Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series

About the Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series

The Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series brings notable, inspiring speakers to the Stanley_P_StoneCollege of General Studies (CGS), inviting the CGS and BU community to broaden their educational experience related to one of the College’s academic division areas: humanities, social science, natural sciences, or rhetoric. Lecture topic areas span the genres, from environmental change and violent conflict to the biology of viruses and public health; from racism in the U.S. to musical theatre and the American urban experience; from the evolution of goodness to American foreign policy. Instituted in 1989, the College is grateful to offer this enriching experience on an annual basis, made possible by the generosity of Stanley P. Stone (CGS’64, Questrom’66).

Previous select speakers include:

  • Award-winning artist Lynda Barry
  • Jacob Holdt, author of American Pictures (90, 91, 93)
  • Civil rights activist and attorney J.L. Chestnut, Racism in the U.S. (95)
  • American trial attorney, novelist, and former mayor of Beverly Hills Robert  Tanenbaum, American Identity: Law Literature (02)
  • Ugandan academic, author and political commentator Mahmood Mamdani, Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: As a Guide to Understanding Politics (03)
  • “Father of sociobiology”, “Father of biodiversity” and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner E.O. Wilson, On the Common Ground Between the Humanities and the Sciences (04)
  • British actress and BAFTA award-winner Miriam Margoyles (Professor Sprout in Harry Potter), Dicken’s Women (05, 12)
  • American physicist, author of the international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams, and social entrepreneur Dr. Alan Lightman (08)
  • British public intellectual and literary theorist Terry Eagleton, The Death of Criticism (10)
  • Irish American activist and author of All Souls and Easter Rising Michael Patrick MacDonald (13)
  • Global health advocate Paul Farmer