Santa Clara University


President's Speaker Series 2013


Each year, Santa Clara University’s President welcomes speakers to campus to further the University’s commitment to intellectual rigor, critical thinking, and scholarly and professional excellence.

Thank you to everyone who attended the seventh annual series in 2012-2013, which welcomed three authors to campus. Please check back with us in the fall of 2013 for more information on the eighth series.


Series 2012-2013: Enlivening the Whole Person: Head, Heart, and Body

Series is co-sponsored by the SCU Center for Performing Arts.

2012-2013 Speakers
  • aslan-smallReza Aslan

    October 11, 2012
    Mayer Theatre, 7:30 PM

    The Promise and Perils of the Arab Spring

    How the West understood the Arab Spring changed forever following the tragic attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya and the anti-America protests that rocked multiple countries in the region. What have these events and the aftermath revealed about U.S. policy in the Middle East, the results of the Arab Spring, and our country's perception of Muslims?

  • tan-smallAmy Tan

    January 17, 2013
    Mayer Theatre, 7:30 PM
    The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life

    What inspires a person to create? Taking cues from her life and reflecting on the nature of creativity, best-selling novelist Amy Tan explores the events that made her a writer.

  • kessler-smallDavid Kessler

    April 9, 2013
    Mayer Theatre, 7:30 PM
    The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship
    The End of Overeating

    On a given day, it’s a question that we ask ourselves more than any other, and how we answer affects everything from our lifespan to our mood. What should I eat? For many Americans, a growing number of health problems can be traced back to obesity and being overweight. Dr. David Kessler has long been an advocate for public health, and in The End of Overeating he uncovers the origins of the obesity epidemic and explains how we can take control of our eating.

Listen to Kessler's Lecture