Each summer, the Atheneum presents a diverse roster of speakers who address the issues of the day as part of our Geschke Lecture Series.
The series was established in 2005 with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Geschke Foundation and generous library donors. Proceeds from Geschke Lecture ticket sales pay for free programs at the Atheneum all year long.
2013 Geschke Lecture Series
Monday, July 8, 8 p.m. Unitarian Church, 11 Orange Street. New Yorker author and funnyman David Owen reflects on his work, home repairs and golf. Also a Golf Digest writer and author of 12 books, Owen ‘sÂ writing isÂ included in â€śThe 50 Funniest American Writersâ€ť anthology.
Monday, July 15, 8 p.m. Great Harbor Yacht Club, Washington Street Ext, Dr. John Donoghue, a Brown University neuroscientist, is an innovator in an emerging field called neurotechnology â€”Â using machines to help restore brain function. Dr. Donoghue discusses his work, and President Obamaâ€™s new BRAINÂ Initiative
Wednesday, August 7, 8 p.m. Great Harbor Yacht Club, Washington Street Ext.Â In the last decade scientists have realized that the universe is speeding up, not slowing as previously thought. Harvard professor Dr. Robert Kirshner has been at the front of this inquiry and will talk aboutÂ his view of the â€śThe Accelerating Universe.â€ť
Monday, August 12, 8 p.m. Unitarian Church, 11 Orange Street.Â Maureen Orth began her journalism career at Newsweek in 1972Â and has spent the lastÂ four decades covering rogues and heroes with depth and insight, most recently as a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. Chuck Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News and host of ‘The Daily Rundown’ on MSNBC. The pair will discuss journalism and politics.
Monday, September 16, 8 p.m. Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India Street.Â Â A South African judge for 23 years, Richard Goldstoneâ€™s rulings are credited with helping end Apartheid. In addition, Goldstone served as the United Nations prosecutor in trials related to violence in Rwanda and Bosnia.Â Goldstone will discussÂ the United Statesâ€™ role in the future of international criminal justice on September 16.
The 2013 Geschke Lecture Series tickets will be available beginning July 1st at the library and online.
Previous Geschke Lecture Series have included:
- 2012: Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the New York Times; Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University Ethics professor and author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress; Panel Discussion on the Economy, moderated by David Gregory, NBC News with Jack Welch, General Electric, Louis V Gerstner, Jr., IBM and Bob Wright, NBC; And, Louis Susman, United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James.
- 2011:Ian Frazier, author and New Yorker staff writer; David Gregory NBC moderator of â€śMeet The Pressâ€ť; Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of 11 books; And, Joseph Nye, Jr., Dean Emeritus of the Kennedy School, Harvard University
- 2010: Computer technology innovators Chuck Geschke (Adobe) and Bob Metcalfe (3Com); New York Times Columnist and Author Thomas Friedman; Washington Post Columnist and MSNBC Commentator Eugene Robinson; and President of Pew Research Center Andrew Kohut
- 2009: Pulitzer-Prize-winning biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin; Presidential Advisor David Gergen; CBS News journalist Lesley Stahl; and Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian.
- 2008: Print and television journalist Mike Barnicle; former Delaware Governor Pete du Pont; NPR journalist Mara Liasson; Washington Post journalist Robin Wright; PBS journalist Gwen Ifill.
- 2007: Committee for Economic Development, Charles Kolb; MIT President Dr. Susan Hockfield; Natural Resources Defense Council, Frances Beinecke; Presidential Advisor David Gergen; Project HOPE Dr. John Howe III; Business Week columnists Jack and Suzy Welch.
- 2006: National Review journalist Jay Nordlinger; NPR President Kevin Klose; New York Times editor Jill Abramson; Jay Rosen of New York University; CBS News journalist Katie Couric; CBS News anchor Lesley Stahl; NBC News anchor Tim Russert; PBS television host David Brancaccio; Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Henninger; Concord Monitor photographer Daniel Habib.
- 2005: Authors Patricia Ebrey, Nancy Berliner, Jerome Silbergeld, Andrea and Lynde McCormick, Neil Baldwin, David McCullough, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Father Robert Drinan, and U.S. Senator Bill Frist.