Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will headline Butler University’s spring 2018 Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

The 30th annual series will also feature Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, an internationally recognized trainer and presenter on diversity, leadership, and organizational change, along with Ellen Hume, a former political reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times who specializes in helping people navigate the media in a healthy way.


“The Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series at Butler plays a vital role is fostering dialogue and learning by sharing a broad range of ideas and perspectives from some of the most compelling and influential voices of our time,” Vice President for Student Affairs Frank E. Ross III said. “By opening up a lively, open discussion of important national and global issues, the series brings our campus and surrounding communities closer together, and inspires our students to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, and actively engaged citizens, and in turn, strengthens our mission of creating and fostering a stimulating intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry.”

All programs will take place at Butler, and are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.butler.edu/diversity-lecture-series.


  • January 24, 5:00 PM, Atherton Union, Reilly Room: Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington; Diversity and Leadership in the 21st Century
  • February 12, 7:30 PM, Clowes Memorial Hall: Doris Kearns Goodwin; Where Do We Go from Here: Leadership in Turbulent Times
  • March 6, 7:00 PM, Atherton Union Reilly Room: Ellen Hume; Media and Politics: Finding a Useful Path

This year’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series focuses on the theme of Civil Discourse in a Global Society.

“Our featured speakers are certain to spark intellectual curiosity, further dialogue, and inspire new lines of inquiry across our campus and throughout the community,” Ross said. “We are excited about the spring lineup and the continuation of our important theme.”


David “Olmeca” Barragan, a bilingual Hip-Hop artist and producer, kicked off the series during fall 2017 with his talk, LatinX Identity and Power in The Face of Social Divides. Two of Indiana’s most prominent and respected political leaders, former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, came to campus in November to discuss ways to bridge the political divide through civil discourse.

For additional information, on both past and upcoming Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series events, please visit www.butler.edu/diversity-lecture-series.


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