Upcoming Speakers

University Lectures Launches 18th Season with Authors George Saunders and Margaret Atwood, Artist Robert Shetterly


This fall, the University Lectures series welcomes distinguished authors George Saunders (“Lincoln in the Bardo,” “Tenth of December”) and Margaret Atwood (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Alias Grace”) and—in collaboration with the Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility—accomplished portrait artist Robert Shetterly (“Americans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship”).


In addition, as previously announced, the University Lectures welcomes in January—in collaboration with the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration—comedian/author Trevor Noah. “The Daily Show” host will talk about his acclaimed memoir (“Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood”), reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King, and discuss the global impact of the civil rights movement.


Now in its 18th season, the University Lectures was created through, and is supported by, the generosity of alumnus Robert B. Menschel ’51. The cross-disciplinary series brings to Syracuse University notable guest speakers of exceptional accomplishment who share their diverse global experiences and perspectives.


American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) are available at each lecture. Media sponsor for the University Lectures is WAER.