The Thurgood Marshall College Scholar and Citizen Speaker Series brings notable intellectuals, social activists, educators, and artists to campus who uphold the college philosophy of a more just society. Over the last ten years we have hosted Nobel Laureates (Derek Wolcott, Wole Soyinka) , Pulitzer authors (Nicholas Kristoff), MacArthur “Genius” Fellows (Dr. Henry Louis Gates) and Oscar Nominees (Gregory Nava). On occasion, the topic and the scheduled speakers can cover an entire week of symposia and master classes for our students. All events are free and open to the public. The list below reflect the last four years of distinguished speakers
Pulitzer Prize winner, former Executive Editor of the New York Times, Editor-in-Chief of The Marshall Project
Bill Keller is editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project. Keller worked for The New York Times from 1984 to 2014 as a correspondent, editor, and op-ed columnist. As a correspondent, he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union, winning a Pulitzer Prize, and the end of white rule in South Africa. From July 2003 until September 2011, he was the executive editor of The Times.
Date: Tuesday, May 17th
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Thurgood Marshall College Administration Building, Conference Room 127
ACHIEVING JUDICIAL DIVERSITY IN SAN DIEGO
The Journey to Justice Speaker Series: "Achieving Judicial Diversity in San Diego," honors the legacy of the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, for which UC San Diego's Third College (1970) was renamed (1993).
It also serves to honor the legacy of the Hon. Earl B. Gilliam, San Diego's first African-American Municipal (1963)Superior Court (1975) United States District Court for the Southern District of California (1980) Judge and the Hon. Elizabeth A. Riggs, the first African-American woman Municipal (1979) Superior Court (1998) Judge.
Thurgood Marshall College, African & African-American Studies Research Center, Department of Political Science, and Department of Sociology.
The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association
Celebrated New York Times columnist Americans Today and their Customized Cocoons
Frank Bruni, prominent Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, will discuss a troubling effect that web and social media technologies have had on American lives. While these tools open the world to us and enable unprecedented connections, they also have the effect of creating narrowly personalized niches that separate us from one another. Bruni will examine how this occurs and the way this contributes to the fracturing of our society. Drawing examples from politics to popular culture, he will talk about how, in his own life, he resists becoming confined to his own customized cocoon.
Bruni’s career has run a fascinatingly diverse gamut. He has covered presidential campaigns, flew on the papal plane with Pope John Paul II, rode in a Bradley fighting vehicle in Saddam’s Iraq, and as The New York Times’ restaurant critic from 2004 to 2009, has dined his way through Manhattan’s best bars and eateries. Bruni joined The New York Times in 1995. In addition to the wide variety of hats that he has worn at The Times,he has also written two New York Times bestsellers: a memoir, “Born Round,” and “Ambling Into History,” a chronicle of George W. Bush’s campaign for the presidency.
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: UC San Diego Mandeville Theater
free and open to the public
no tickets or reservations required
parking is $4.00 after 4:30 p.m.
Thurgood Marshall College, Helen Edison Lecture Series, and Council of Provosts