Past Lectures

March 2017

From Precious Farmers and Soldiers to Vicious Enemies-
How Kidney Disease Converts Our Gut Microbial Community

Presented by Nosratola D. Vaziri, Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.


October 2016

How Donald Trump Won the GOP Nomination and Handed the Election to the Democrats

Martin Wattenberg discusses how the reform of the nomination process in the early 1970s and the Buckley v. Valeo 1976 Supreme Court decision made Donald Trump’s nomination possible. Research would indicate that Trump’s nomination should likely hand the presidential election and Senate to the Democrats.


June 2016

Nature’s Signature: The Spiraling Shape

Nicolaos Alexopoulos, Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science presents, “Nature’s Signature: The Spiraling Shape.” (A journey from Prehistoric Times to Modern High Tech Applications).


May 2016

James Joyce and the film of Ulysses

Margot Norris, Emeritus Chancellor’s Professor of English & Comparative Literature speaks of the intriguing challenges and censorship problems in making a film from such a complicated work.


December 2015

Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy

Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science argues that both left and right avoid the key issue of the new Citizens United era: balancing political inequality with free speech.