The Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program brings eminent authorities from across the public and private sectors to Ohio State to address topics related to the Discovery Themes. The program seeks to engage students, faculty, staff and members of the community in thoughtful examination of major issues of public concern related to the Discovery Themes and to promote the national and international leadership of Ohio State in these areas.
The Discovery Themes—Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, and Humanities and The Arts—address the grand challenges of the 21st century.
Discovery Themes Lecturers will be authorities 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 will be world-class thought leaders with broad vision; they will be dynamic public speakers with the ability to engage the University community and beyond.
Final decision on lecturers will be made by the Provost based on recommendations from a Discovery Themes Lecturer Program Advisory Committee.