Geschke Lecture Videos

Richard Goldstone

The Future of International Criminal Justice


Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Former South African judge and UN human rights prosecutor, Richard J Goldstone, discusses the crucial role of the United States in the development of modern international criminal justice and its role in preventing impunity for war criminals. Goldstone was a judge in South Africa for 23 years, the last nine as a justice of the Constitutional Court. From 1994 to 1996, he was the chief prosecutor of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He was a member of the U.N. committee to investigate allegations regarding the Iraq Oil for Food Program.

Maureen Orth & Chuck Todd

Journalism Today


Monday, Aug. 12, 2013
Maureen Orth and Chuck Todd team up for a conversation on journalism and politics. 

Orth, an award winning journalist, is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Magazine, and the founder of the Marina Orth Foundation, which promotes advanced learning in technology and English for more than 1,200 students.

Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News and host of ‘The Daily Rundown’ on MSNBC. Before becoming a journalist, Todd earned practical political experience on campaigns in Florida and national campaigns based in Washington, D.C.

Dr Robert Kirshner

The Accelerating Universe: A Nobel Surprise


Wednesday, August 7, 2013
In 1998, two teams of astronomers discovered that the expansion of the universe is not slowing down due to gravity, it is speeding up. Dr. Robert Kirshner’s graduate students shared in the 2011 Nobel Prize for this astonishing discovery. He is the Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard and this year is a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Kirshner served as President of the American Astronomical Society, and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr John Donoghue

Merging Mind and Machine to Restore the Brain


Monday, July 15, 2013
We are at the dawn of an age of neurotechnology where brain implants can be used to restore lost functions such as vision, hearing and movement.  Dr. Donoghue is Henry Merritt Wriston Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, Director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, VA Senior Career Research Scientist, and Director of the Center of Excellence for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Rehabilitation R&D Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, RI.

David Owen

A Journalist’s reflections on Covering the Environment, Golf and Home Improvement


Monday, July 8, 2013
David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. He is also a contributing editor at Golf Digest. He is the author of 12 books on a wide range of topics, including golf, the environment and home improvement. His work is included in the ‘The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor From Mark Twain to The Onion.’