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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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: DJ Patil

The Discovery Themes Provost's Lecturer Program presents DJ Patil, former Chief Data Scientist of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Donna Shalala

The Discovery Themes Provost's Lecturer Program presents Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.

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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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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Richard Florida

Richard Florida is author of the best-selling The Rise of the Creative Class and a former Ohio State faculty member. In his upcoming book, The New Urban Crisis, Florida argues that as the middle class continues to shrink, our cities are becoming small areas of privilege surrounded by vast swaths of disadvantage.

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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: David Satcher

David Satcher, MD, PhD, is the second person in history to simultaneously hold the positions of US Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health.

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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: David Quammen

Go along with Quammen on an astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and face the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Gro Harlem Brundtland

A medical doctor and Master of Public Health (MPH), Gro Harlem Brundtland spent 10 years as a physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system.

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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Jared Diamond

In "The World Until Yesterday", Diamond compares life in modern, industrialized societies with traditional ways of life and argues that traditional societies have much to teach us about conflict resolution, care of elders and children, risk management, multilingualism, and nutrition.

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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Sherry Turkle

What are the costs of a “flight from conversation” in personal life, among one's family and friends? What are the cots in the work world? And most important, what can we do about it?

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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.

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