Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series

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2014-15 Lecture Series Speakers

Karl Rove

Karl RoveKarl Rove is one of the nation’s best-known political strategists, having served as senior advisor to President George W. Bush for seven years and leading Bush’s election campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Rove served as Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004-2007, overseeing the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs. He was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and coordinated the White House policy-making process. Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and is the author of the New York Times best seller, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight. He has written for various publications, including The Daily Beast, Financial Times, Forbes,,, The Times, Washington Post and The Weekly Standard.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paul Begala

Paul BengalaBegala is a commentator for CNN, where he is part of the political team that won an Emmy for its coverage of the 2006 elections and a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2008 Presidential election. In the 2012 campaign he was a senior adviser for the pro-Obama Super PAC. Begala served as counselor to President Bill Clinton in the White House and was one of Clinton's closest aides. Begala is an affiliated professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He has also taught at the University of Texas and the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Board of Visitors of the University of Georgia. Along with his partner, James Carville and GOP strategist Karl Rove he was a 2012 inductee to the American Association of Political Consultants' Hall of Fame. enterprises.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 Brian Kennedy

Brian KennedyBrian Kennedy has been president, director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art since 2010. From 2005-2010, Kennedy was director of Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire, which has one of the largest and finest art collections at an American college or university. Prior to coming to the United States, Kennedy spent eight years as assistant director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (1989-1997) and seven years as director of the National Gallery of Australia (1997-2004) in Canberra. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kennedy studied art history and history at University College in Dublin, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. A strategic thinker and collaborative leader, he has overseen the development of a strategic plan for the Toledo Museum of Art, integrating it strongly into the community, and developing a nationally recognized initiative to promote visual literacy.

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2013-2014 Distinguished Lecture Series Speakers
Richard Rumelt

James CarvilleRichard Rumelt maintains a multifaceted career in teaching, research and consulting, with the focus on competitive advantage and strategy, industry dynamics, and overall management. The Harry and Elsa Kunin Professor of Business and Society at UCLA Anderson School of Management, he was voted one of the world’s Top 50 Business Thinkers by the Thinkers50 program, sponsored by the Harvard Business Review. He is the author of Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters, a finalist for the 2011 Financial Times & Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. He was on the faculty of Harvard Business School and INSEAD, The Business School for the World, where he headed the Corporate Renewal Initiative. He was a founding member and served as president of the Strategic Management Society, which represents some 3,000 members from more than 80 countries.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014

Michael M. Crow

Michael CrowMichael M. Crow, the sixteenth president of Arizona State University, is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, combining academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact — a model he designed known as the “New American University.” Under his leadership, ASU established major transdisciplinary research initiatives and witnessed an unprecedented academic infrastructure expansion, the tripling of research expenditures, and the attainment of record levels of diversity. Crow was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University. An adviser to the U.S. departments of state, commerce, and energy on matters of science and technology policy, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Public Administration, and has published on science and technology policy and the design of knowledge enterprises.

Monday, March 10, 2014

James Carville

James CarvilleJames Carville is perhaps America’s best-known political consultant, not least for his role in helping William Jefferson Clinton win the U.S. presidency in 1992. His long list of electoral successes includes wins in gubernatorial and senatorial races in the United States, as well as global runs that include leading Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak to his 1999 victory. A best-selling author, Carville’s titles include All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (with wife Mary Matalin); 40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation (2009) and his most recent New York Times best seller, It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!, co-authored with Stan Greenberg, with whom he founded Democracy Corps, an independent polling nonprofit. A frequent CNN political commentator and contributor, Carville also serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Sal Khan

Sal KhanSal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy’s self-pacing software and instructional materials stand as the world’s most-used library of web-based educational videos: more than 3,000 offerings on their YouTube channel, used by some 4.2 million students per month. A former hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, Khan is the author of The One World School House: Education Reimagined, published in 2012 to immediate accolades from innovators as varied as George Lucas and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammed Yunus. In the opinion of Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, “Sal Khan’s vision and energy for how technology could fundamentally transform education is contagious. He’s a true pioneer in integrating technology and learning.”

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

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