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Distinguished Speakers

Marymount’s proximity to our nation’s capital enables the University to bring notable leaders to speak at University-wide lectures, give in-class presentations, talk with students at informal gatherings, or address Commencement ceremonies.

The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, General Colin Powell (USA, Ret.), and White House journalist Helen Thomas are among those who have addressed Marymount students.

Distinguished Visiting Professor


The Distinguished Visiting Professor Colloquium Series is a University wide program that brings prominent speakers throughout the academic year to Marymount’s campus.

The primary goal of the Series is to enrich the intellectual life of the academic community. The program provides opportunities for Marymount faculty and students to interact with individuals who have significant influence in a wide array of fields.

Distinguished Visiting Professors offer first-hand insights into the worlds of finance, technology, government, health care, the media, and more. Their presentations enable the members of Marymount’s academic community to become more attuned to the challenges and opportunities prevalent in diverse areas of endeavor. Through the Series, the University’s faculty and students engage in substantive dialogue with leaders who shape and influence our world.

All Distinguished Visiting Professors are listed with their roles at the time of their presentations.

Bill Milliken (2011)

School of Education and Human Services Lecturer
Youth Advocate and Founder of Communities in Schools, Inc.

Eileen O’Grady, PhD, RN, NP-BC (2011)

Malek School of Health Professions Lecturer
Certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach

John F. Haught (2009)

Senior Fellow, Science and Religion
Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

Stephen J. Suomi (2009)

Chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

David Seiders (2008)

Chief Economist and Senior Staff Vice President
National Association of Home Builders

James Axtell (2007)

Kenan Professor of Humanities
College of William and Mary

William H. Rauckhorst, Ph.D. (2007)

Energy Ethics Expert
Professor of Physics, Miami University (Ohio)

Thomas A. Shippey (2006)

Medieval Scholar and Tolkien Expert
Walter J. Ong Chair of Humanities, Saint Louis University

Marybeth Brown (2005)

Professor of Physical Therapy
University of Missouri – Columbia

John A. Allison IV (2004)

Chairman and CEO
BB&T Corporation

Amitai Etzioni (2004)

Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies,
The George Washington University

Rita Colwell (2003)

Former Director
National Science Foundation

Vinton G. Cerf (2002)

Senior Vice President for Architecture and Technology

John J. McDonnell, Jr. (2002)

Chairman and CEO
Transaction Network Services, Inc.

The Honorable William T. Coleman (2001)

Senior Partner and the Senior Counselor
O’Melveny and Myers, LLP
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Mario Morino (2001)

Chairman, The Morino Institute and Venture Philanthrophy Partners
Special Partner, General Atlantic Partners

Frederick W. Smith (2001)

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
FedEx Corporation

Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, D.D. (2001)

Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Brooklyn
Executive Vice President, Board of Trustees
Catholic Charities of Brooklyn

William E. Conway, Jr. (2000)

Founding Partner and Managing Director
The Carlyle Group

Joseph E. Robert, Jr. (2000)

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
J.E. Robert Companies

Rajendra Singh (2000)

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Telcom Ventures, LLC

Cokie Roberts (1999)

ABC News Chief Congressional Analyst
Correspondent, This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts

Michael Hegarty (1998)

President and Chief Operating Officer
The Equitable Life Assurance Society

Dana Mead (1998)

Chairman and CEO

Olza M. Nicely (1998)

President and Chief Executive Officer

Rose Marie Bravo (1997)


H. Brian Thompson (1997)

Chairman and CEO
LCI International, Inc.

Frederic V. Malek (1996)

Thayer Capital Partners

Edward D. Miller (1996)

Senior Vice Chairman
The Chase Manhattan Corporation

Mark R. Warner (1996)

Managing Director
Columbia Capital Corporation

William J. Bennett (1995)

Empower America

Barry J. Fitzpatrick (1995)

Chairman and CEO
First Virginia Banks, Inc.

The Honorable Jack F. Kemp (1995)

Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Warren E. Buffett (1994)

Chairman and CEO
Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

John J. Curley (1994)

Chairman, President, and CEO
Gannett Company, Inc.

Lawrence T. Babbio, Esq. (1993)

President and COO
Bell Atlantic Corporation

Senator J. William Fulbright (1993)

Former United States Senator

J. Willard Marriott, Jr. (1993)

Chairman and President
Marriott International Corporation, Inc.

Allen E. Murray (1993)

Chairman and CEO
Mobil Corporation

Norma T. Pace (1993)

President and CEO
Economic Consulting and Planning
Chairman, Board of Governors
U.S. Postal Service

William A. Schreyer (1993)

Chairman and CEO
Merrill Lynch & Company

Frank A. Bennack, Jr. (1992)

President and CEO
The Hearst Corporation

James O. Edwards (1992)

Chairman and CEO
ICF Kaiser International, Inc.

Thomas S. Johnson (1992)

Former President
Manufacturers Hanover Corporation

John F. McGillicuddy (1992)

Chairman and CEO
Chemical Banking Corporation

Diane Ravitch (1992)

Assistant Secretary for Education
U.S. Department of Education

Charles O. Rossotti (1992)

Chairman and CEO
American Management Systems

Frederic V. Salerno (1992, 1996)

Vice Chairman
NYNEX Corporation

Lawrence M. Small (1992)

Federal National Mortgage Association

Preston Robert Tisch (1992)

Chairman and Co-CEO
Loews Corporation

Celestino Beltran (1991)

President and CEO
Comprehensive Technologies International

J. Peter Grace (1991)

Chairman and CEO
W.R. Grace and Company

Lawrence A. Kudlow (1991)

Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist
The Bear Stearns Company, Inc.

The Honorable Antonia Novello (1991)

Surgeon General of the United States

The Honorable Maxwell M. Rabb (1991)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Italy

E. John Rosenwald, Jr. (1991)

Vice Chairman
The Bear Stearns Company, Inc.

Marymount Ethics Award


The Marymount University Ethics Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the pursuit and support of ethics in their fields. Recipients are publicly recognized and invited to speak about the importance they attach to fostering ethical value systems.


Sara Ganim Correspondent for CNN and Pulitzer Prize Winner (2012)
Honored for her courageous work in reporting difficult and unpopular stories in advocacy of the truth.


Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS Executive Director of NETWORK, a Catholic lobby organization, which, in accordance with the Catholic Social Justice tradition, acts to create a society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the shared abundance of God’s creation.
Honored for all her work on behalf of the marginalized and oppressed.


Peter Phan, Ph.D. The Ellacuria Professor of Catholic Social Thought in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University.
Honored for his service to the church and the academy in crossing borders of race, religion, and immigration status.


Bradley Myles Executive director and CEO of Polaris Project, an organization that combats human trafficking
Honored for his work to bring modern slavery into the light, where it can be eradicated, and survivors can reclaim their lives


Richard E. Grant MD, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Cleveland, OH.
Honored for his uncompromising commitment to the ethical practice of medicine, his compassionate service to those in need, and his groundbreaking leadership that has opened doors for underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery.


Sr. Helen Prejean CSJ, anti-death penalty activist and author, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States


Carol R. Taylor RN, MSN, PhD, director of the Georgetown University Center for Clinical Bioethics
Honored for her leadership in health care ethics and her passion to “make health care work.”


Ben Bradlee Vice president at large for The Washington Post
Honored for his distinguished career of journalistic accomplishment and his commitment to the profession’s highest ethical standards. Throughout his career, Mr. Bradlee has been willing to make tough decisions, based on his conviction that journalists have a duty to find the truth and keep the public informed.


The Most Reverend Desmond Mpilo Tutu Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa; 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Honored for his lifelong dedication to human rights and human dignity and his efforts to promote understanding and reconciliation in South Africa and around the world.


Charles H. Epps, Jr. MD, chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine for 24 years
Honored for his uncompromising commitment to the ethical practice of medicine, his compassionate service to those in need, and his ground-breaking leadership that opened doors for African-American physicians


Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino Noted bioethicist and professor emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Georgetown University Medical Center
Honored for his vision and leadership in fostering medical ethics


Sir John M. Templeton Wall Street legend and philanthropist
Honored for his support of initiatives through the Templeton Foundation that promote spiritual and ethical development


Norman R. Augustine Former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation
Honored for his commitment to business ethics and development of a ground-breaking corporate ethics program at Lockheed Martin Untitled Document

Marya McLaughlin Lecture Series in Media Communications


The Marya McLaughlin Endowed Lectureship in Media Communications honors a well-known CBS News radio and television correspondent, and each year provides Marymount students and faculty with valuable insights and inspiration from journalists of national stature.


David Gelles
A five-time Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer of CNN's Political Programming. Gelles won four Emmy awards for his work on The Today Show and another for his work on NBC's documentary, Inside the Obama White House.

Carol Leonnig
An investigative and enterprise journalist at the Washington Post
Pulitzer Prize-winner, Polk Award for Political Reporting recipient, Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting recipient

Justin Kenny
Small Footprints Film, Owner
Foreign and defense editor and contributor, PBS Newshour
Emmy Award Winner, Peabody award winner, Marymount graduate

Myron Belkind
Associated Press foreign correspondent and bureau chief

Steven V. Roberts
Nationally known journalist, political analyst, and author

Mark Shields
Syndicated columnist and political analyst, PBS NewsHour

Kathleen McCleery
Deputy Executive Producer, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Gordon Peterson
Anchor of WJLA-TV 7’s News at 6 p.m.
Moderator and producer of Inside Washington

Andrea Roane
Emmy award-winning journalist Co-anchor, W*USA 9 News Now

Bob Steele
Media ethicist and the Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida

Bob Edwards
Host, The Bob Edwards Show, XM Public Radio Former Host, Morning Edition, National Public Radio

Helen Thomas
Washington columnist, Hearst News Service

Bob Levey
Columnist, The Washington Post

Bob Schieffer
Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News
Anchor/Moderator, Face the Nation

Roger Mudd
Award-winning broadcast journalist

Bisson Lecture in the Humanities


The Bisson Lecture in the Humanities was established in 2009 in honor of Professor Lillian Bisson. A scholar of medieval literature, former director of the graduate program in Humanities, and chair of the Department of Literature and Languages, Professor Bisson retired from Marymount University in 2010 after forty-one years of service.

To recognize Professor Bisson’s passion for the humanities as well as her record of scholarship, teaching, and service, the graduate program in Literature, Language, and the Humanities annually invites a distinguished scholar in the humanities to deliver the Bisson Lecture on a topic of humanistic inquiry.

Past Lecturers


Regie Cabico (2019)
Filipino-American poet, public storyteller, and prize-winning spoken word artist whose work has been published in many anthologies, including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café.

Dorsey Armstrong (2019)
Professor of English and Medieval Literature at Purdue University, Lecturer for The Great Courses "King Arthur and the Knights of the Public Humanities: Literature in the Classroom, on Guided Tours, and on Screen."

Brigitte Fielder (April 4, 2018)
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Antislavery Children's Literature and Twenty-First Century Antiracism"

Jonathan Deiss (2017)
Citizen Archivist, National Archives "Using Your Humanities Skills Outside the Establishment"

Marlene Tromp (2016)
Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University "Bloody Murder: Solving Victorian Crimes with Forensics and the Humanities"

Steven Lubar (2015)
Professor, American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture, Brown University "The Curator Rules"

Peter S. Donaldson (2014)
Professor of Literature and Ford Foundation Professor in the Humanities, MIT “Global Shakespeares, Cultural Translation, and the Future of Digital Humanities”

Julie Ellison (2013)
Professor of American Culture and English, University of Michigan “Naming the New Public Humanists”

Jesse Alemán (2012)
Department of English Language and Literature, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque “Wars of Rebellion: US Hispanic Writings and their American Civil Wars”

Bonnie Wheeler (2011)
Department of English, Medieval Studies Program, Southern Methodist University “Humiliation: Reputation Management in the Middle Ages”

Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz (2010)
Dean, College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans “Reading Dante between the Lines”

The Hubbard Lecture


This lecture series is designed to honor the 50 years of service and commitment Rosemary Hubbard gave to Marymount during her illustrious career as a faculty member. Speakers consist of exemplary alumni of Marymount's Department of Biology and Physical Sciences programs.
See a complete list of speakers.

The Myhill Lecture


The Myhill lecture is designed to honor the memory of Dr. Elizabeth Myhill, beloved physics professor at Marymount University from 1993-2010. This event, held in conjunction with the Myhill family, recognizes the contributions of women to the fields of physics and astronomy, an area that was important to Dr. Myhill. Past speakers include the following:

Dr. Meredith MacGregor, NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Dr. Eleonora Troja, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland & NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Astrophysics Science Division

Dr. Heather Archambault, Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program Manager, NOAA Climate Program Office

Dr. Amy Simon, Senior Scientist for Planetary Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Jocelyne DiRuggiero, Associate Research Professor, Department of Biology and Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Bethany Johns, Assistant Director of Research Policy at Associate of Public and Land Grant Universities & American Institute of Physics

Dr. Lori Glaze, Planetary Science Division Directory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Alycia Weinberger, Staff Scientist, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Visiting Author Series


The Visiting Author Series was established in 2011 in partnership with the Arlington County Public Library’s Arlington Reads initiative. The series is part of the first-year composition program housed in the Department of Literature and Languages. The featured author and his/her works are incorporated into the program curriculum each spring.

Valeria Luiselli (2020)
Los Angeles Times Book Prize and American Book Award winner, author of Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions

Mary Karr (2019)
New York Times bestseller and PEN/Martha Albrand Award-winning memoir, The Liar's Club 

Katherine Boo (2018)
National Book Award for Nonfiction and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Elizabeth Strout (2017)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Olive Kitteridge 

Julie Otsuka (2016)
American Library Association's Alex Award and the Asian American Literary Award, When the Emperor Was Divine 

Jesmyn Ward (2015)
Two-time National Book Award winner, author of Men We Reaped

Richard Ford (2014)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter

Junot Diaz (2013)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Jennifer Egan (2012)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Tim O’Brien (2011)
National Book Award Winner for his collection of stories, The Things They Carried