Provost's Lecturer Program

The Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program brings eminent authorities to Ohio State to address topics related to the Discovery Themes and to engage students, faculty and members of the community in thoughtful examination of major issues of public concern.

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.

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The Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: J.D. Vance

J.D. Vance will propose a hands-on approach to problems facing his native state of Ohio: opioid addiction, under-preparedness of the workforce, and domestic instability. Through his non-profit organization, Our Ohio Renewal, Vance, a 2009 alumnus of Ohio State, will tackle these issues that shaped his upbringing in Middletown, Ohio, subject of Hillbilly Elegy, Vance’s #1 New York Times best-seller.

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