A guide to events on our campuses.

Assembly Series

A tradition of convening thought leaders since 1953


Since 1953, the Assembly Series has presented more than one thousand of the most important voices of our time. Its programs are always free and open to the public, although some events may have limited seating. We invite you to join others from our community to be inspired, challenged and entertained. For a fascinating trip back in time, check out Past Speakers.

Assembly Series Events

She Leads Opening Speaker: Brittany Packnett in Conversation with Kayla Reed
24 Oct

Brittany Packnett (AB '06) will be opening the event, in conversation with Kayla Reed, with a chat in Graham Chapel. Brittany Packnett is an activist,...

Thursday, October 24 | 4:00 PM
'The U.S. and Iraq Today'
24 Oct

Retired Col. Frank Sobchak, lead, co-author of the "U.S. Army in the Iraq War," which is the first U.S. government history of the war, will deliver this...

Thursday, October 24 | 6:00 PM
'James Baldwin and the Moral Crisis of American Democracy'
24 Oct

Eddie Glaude, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and frequent MSNBC contributor,...

Thursday, October 24 | 7:00 PM
'Exploring the Warped Side of the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes'
07 Nov

Kip S. Thorne will deliver this Robert M. Walker Distinguished Lecture. Thorne, the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus,...

Karine Jean-Pierre on 'Four Hundred Years Forward: Freedom in Our Time'
10 Nov

Join us for the finale of the Blacks in America: 400 Years Plus trilogy, "Four Hundred Years Forward – Freedom in Our Time," during the month in which...

Sunday, November 10 | 3:00 PM
'Understanding the Current Politics of Migrant Life and Death along the U.S.-Mexico Border'
04 Dec

Jason De León will present this Holocaust Memorial Lecture. This year's event will feature a lecture by De León, professor of anthropology at UCLA, titled...

Wednesday, December 4 | 5:00 PM