Provost Establishes Discovery Themes Lecturer Program

Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program

March 6, 2014

Dear University Community,

I’m pleased to announce the creation of a program meant to engage all of us—and our community partners as well—in thoughtful and productive dialogue about major issues.

The Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program will bring eminent authorities to Ohio State to address topics related to the Discovery Themes. Discovery Themes Lecturers will be authorities in one or more of the Discovery Themes areas of Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, and Food Production and Security. They will be world-class thought leaders whose broad vision enables them to go beyond the technical aspects of the grand challenges represented by the Discovery Themes to include their ethical, political, and social dimensions.

In partnership with the Center for Ethics and Human Values as well as the Humanities Institute, the Office of Academic Affairs will sponsor two Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturers each year. A committee of faculty and students will recommend lecturers recognized for the quality of their research, creative or scholarly work, innovation, or impact on public policy.

Ohio State’s inaugural Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer will be Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, professor of health policy and management at Columbia University, and author of The Price of Civilization.

Professor Sachs’s lecture, “The Age of Sustainable Development,” which will also be the Keynote Address of the spring COMPAS conference, is set for Friday, April 4 at 3:00 pm in the Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. I hope you will plan to attend his presentation and take part in the conversation that will follow.


Joseph E. Steinmetz, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost