Discovery Themes Lecturers are experts in one or more of the Discovery Themes areas. Their eminence may derive from their research, creative or scholarly work, innovation, or impact on public policy.  They are world-class thought leaders with broad vision; they are dynamic public speakers with the ability to engage with faculty, staff, and students across the university and the wider community.

With a distinguished list of prior speakers, including former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher and former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Provost’s Discover Themes Lecturer Program has established itself as a venue to convene interdisciplinary conversations around the world’s most pressing problems.