Upcoming Lectures

Lecture series 2019-2020. Hope Solo and Paul Daugherty. Fight like a girl. The quest for equality. Monday, October 7 2019. Hall Auditorium. &:30 pm. Free ticket required, available at Miami box office October 2.

All University Lecture Series events take place on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm in Hall Auditorium on Miami University's Oxford campus unless otherwise noted. Tickets will be available at the door at 6:30 pm. Any seats not filled by 7:20 pm will be given to other attendees. A question and answer session will follow each lecture, as well as a reception. All lectures are free and open to the public if space is available. View tickets for more information.

2019-2020 Lectures

Hope Solo and Paul Daugherty

Fight Like a Girl: The Quest for Equality

Monday, October 7, 2019

Though Hope Solo retired from playing professional soccer in 2016, her supporters would argue she remains the best goalkeeper in the world--the one with the most international appearances (202) and shutouts (102). Hope helped lead the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team to Olympic Gold in 2008 and 2012 and delivered one of the greatest goalkeeping performances in recent memory as she helped lead the U.S. Team to victory at the 2015 FIFA women’s World Cup.

Hope Solo has been a champion for change and her outspokenness about female equality has generated numerous discussions within the sport of soccer and outside the sport as well. Solo has said about herself that she can be polarizing by speaking out strongly for what she believes. “I realize that the hardest route to go is to fight, and continue to fight and to continue to lose out, honestly...these things are real. ...But I do know that you have to fight to change the world.”

Paul Daugherty, a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer since 1994, has covered nearly every major American sporting event, as well as five Summer Olympics. He is the author of Fair Game, a collection of his sports columns, and coauthor of books with Chad Johnson and Johnny Bench. In 2013,the Associated Press Sports Editors named him the best newspaper sports columnist in the country and also the best sports feature writer. His most recent book, An Uncomplicated Life, is a memoir of raising his daughter born with Down syndrome.

Admiral Michelle J. Howard

Essential to Innovation: Diversity, the Not-So-Secret Weapon

Monday, November 11, 2019

Admiral Michelle J. Howard (retired) was a ground-breaking leader during her 35-year career in the U.S. Navy. The first woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations (the second highest rank in the Navy), she was also the first African-American woman to reach the rank of three and four stars in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. A veteran of operations that included NATO peacekeeping, Indonesia tsunami relief, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, she was thrust into the international spotlight in 2009 as leader of the counter-piracy task force that rescued civilian Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates.

Admiral Howard is currently a visiting professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, focusing on the cyber domain and associated issues in strategy and policy. This appointment is the capstone of a distinguished career in national defense within the areas of operations, readiness, and strategic planning.

Dr. Michio Kaku

The Future of the Mind

Monday, March 9, 2020

Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. He is an internationally known authority in two areas: (1) Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete and (2) predicting trends affecting business, medicine, finance, and our way of life. He has written four NY Times Best Sellers; his latest is The Future of Humanity, which projects the future of the space program centuries from now. Previously, The Future of the Mind was the #1 hardcover, non-fiction book in the country. 

Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York where he has taught for almost 30 years (teaching at Harvard and Princeton as well). Graduating from Harvard in 1968, he received his Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley in 1972. His goal is to complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation summarizing all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string theory, the leading candidate today for the theory of everything.

Sean Astin

I Can Carry You: Destigmatizing Mental Health

Monday, April 6, 2020

Sean Patrick Astin (né Duke), an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, producer, family man, author, marathon runner, political activist and philanthropist, is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies in 1985. Known also for playing the title role in Rudy, Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Bob Newby in Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things 2, he’s a familiar figure to many. However, his mission to raise awareness of mental health goes beyond his career. 

“Like most people now, mental illness has touched our family. With me, it happened to be with someone very famous who took the opportunity of being diagnosed combined with her fame, and made it the cause of her life.” His mother, Academy Award winning actress Patty Duke, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was a child. She became a vocal advocate for mental health awareness and Astin works to continue her legacy. “What I witnessed as a young kid was a woman who went from out of control behavior and suicidal depression to someone with a mission to help other people. I want to do this as well.”