Skip Navigation

Dean of Seaver College

W. David baird Distinguished Lecture Series

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences is proud to present the 2013-2014 W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series. In an effort to better serve our students, faculty, and staff lectures have been moved to 5:00 p.m.  All events will be held in the Elkins Auditorium.  As a service to our community, we have made the past events available in our streaming video archives.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of Melanie and Richard Flamminio.

Event Schedule

2013-2014
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 5:00 p.m. - Dr. Randal Jelks
"The Social Gospel in Black and White: Benjamin Elijah Mays and the Redemption of America from Its Racist Past"
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5:00 p.m. - Shaifali Puri
"Mobilizing Science, Improving Lives"
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - Ellen Gustafson
"A New Understanding of Hunger, Obesity, and the Food System"
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - Randall S. Kroszner
"Lessons from the Financial Crisis for Economic Policy"

*Flora L. Thornton Distinguished Nutrition Speaker - T. Colin Campbell
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
"The Time for Nutrition Has Arrived"

*Special Student Engagement featuring Dr. Maya Angelou
Friday, May 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
"An Afternoon with Dr. Maya Angelou"
Tickets are free and currently available at the Smother Box office!

2012-2013
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Peter Harrison
"Religious Origins of Modern Science"
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Deborah Harkness
"The All Souls Trilogy"
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Lamin Sanneh
"Freedom of Religion and Citizenship: Perspectives on World Christianity"
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Karla Holloway
"How Private Bodies become Public Texts (and how the law makes this happen)"
2011-2012
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - Sheryl WuDunn
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide"

Click here for more events on Half the Sky.
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - "Pepperdine at 75 Panel"
Panel Discussion hosted by Dr. W. David Baird
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Earl Shorris
"The Moral Life of Downtown: Bringing the Humanities to the Poor"
Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - Astronaut Tracy Caldwell
"An Evening with Astronaut Tracy Caldwell"
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 7:00 p.m. - Sonia Nazario
"Enrique's Journey"
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Ed Larson
"Greater Glory: Science and the Race To The Pole 100 Years Later"
2010-2011

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 7:00 p.m. - Donzaleigh Abernathy
"An Evening with Donzaleigh Abernathy"

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:00 p.m. - Azar Nafisi
"The Republic of the Imagination"

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Chris Field
"The Velocity of Climate Change"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - Condoleezza Rice
"Remarks by Condoleezza Rice"

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:00p.m. - Dr. Antonio Damasio
"An Evening with Dr. Antonio Damasio"
2009-2010
Thursday, October 8, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Cornel West                                        
"An Evening with Dr. Cornel West"
Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - W.S. Merwin
"An Evening of Poetry with Pulitzer Prize-winner W.S. Merwin"
Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - Ronald Numbers
"Antievolutionism in America"
Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7:00 p.m. - John Paul Lederach
"The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace"
Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 7:00 p.m. - Lester Holt
"The Democratization of Journalism"

2008-2009
Monday, September 15, 2008, 7:00 p.m. - Professor Jonathan Weiner
"The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time"
Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 7:00 p.m. - Mr. James West
"Spirituality and Religion: "A Cheyenne Family Story"
Thursday, January 29, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Martha Nussbaum
"Not for Profit: A Defense of Liberal Education"
Monday, March 23, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Phillip Jenkins
"The Lost History of Christianity"

2007-2008
Monday, September 17, 2007, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Stephen G. Post
"Why Good Things Happen to Good People"
Wednesday, November 14, 2007, TBD - Dr. Kenneth Miller
"Darwin and Christian Faith"
Tuesdsay, November 27, 2007, 7:00 p.m. - Professor Tobias Wolff
"The Lies of Memoir, the Truth of Fiction"
Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Marianne M. Jennings
"What Makes Really Smart and Good People Do Really Dumb and Unethical Things"
Monday, March 24, 2008, 7 p.m. - Dr. Charlotte Canning
"A Yankee Hamlet in the European Court:  U.S. Theatre and Cold War Foreign Policy"
Friday, April 11, 2008, 11:00 a.m. - Dr. Mark Noll
TBD - Reed Lecture sponsored by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society

2006-2007
Monday, September 18, 2006, 2:00 p.m. - U.S. Senator John Kerry
(topic to be determined)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Leonard Shlain
"The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image"
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Richard A. Muller
"Military Secrets of the Oceans, Atmosphere, and UFOs"
Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 7:00 p.m. - Ms. Myrlie Evers-Williams & Mr. Jerry Mitchell
"Stories of Justice and Redemption from Mississippi"

2005-2006
September 29, 2005 - Mr. Jack Hanna
"Going Wild for Wildlife"
October 10, 2005 - Dr. Stephen Weathers
"The (Other) Good Confession: 'I Was Wrong'"
October 27, 2005 - Dr. Elaine Richardson
"Lil Kim, Hiphop Womanhood, and Speak in the Truth"
January 8 & 9, 2006 - Dr. J.G.D. Dunn
"Jesus Remembered (The Making of Christianity)"
January 24, 2006 - Dr. Neal Lane
"America's Future in Science and Technology - Some Storm Clouds on the Horizon"
March 21, 2006 - Dr. Os Guinness
"Can Freedom Last Forever? - The Framers' Forgotten Question And How We Are Doing Today"

2005
January 9, 2005 - Dr. N.T. Wright
"The Challenge of Following Jesus in the Twenty-first Century"
January 10, 2005 - Dr. N.T. Wright
"The Challenge of Following Jesus in the Twenty-first Century"
January 11, 2005- Dr. N.T. Wright
"The Challenge of Following Jesus in the Twenty-first Century"
January 24, 2005- Dr. David G. Myers
"The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness"
February 14, 2005 - Mr. David Leeson
"Finding Your Mission"
March 21, 2005 - Dr. Carrie Haslett
"American Masters and their European Muses: 1870-1950"
April 11, 2005 - Dr. Nancey Murphy
"Neuroscience and the Soul"

2004
January 11, 2004 - Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson
"Learning the Human Jesus: History and/or Literature?"
January 12, 2004 - Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson
"Learning the Living Jesus: Discipleship in the Church"
January 29, 2004 - Dr. William Cronon
"Telling Tales on Canvas: Landscapes of Frontier Change"
February 16, 2004 - Dr. Kenneth G. Elzinga
"Microsoft and the Chicago School of Economics: Is Antitrust Obsolete?"
March 8, 2004 - Kathleen Norris
"Shaping the Life that Matters"
March 30, 2004 - Dr. Roland Fryer
"What Price Diversity? The Economics and Ethics of Affirmative Action"
September 07, 2004 - D'Esta L. Love
"Introducing the Pepperdine Voyage Project"
September 14, 2004 - Jerry Rushford
"The History of Pepperdine"
September 27, 2004 - Dr. Rick Marrs and  Dr. Ken Durham
"The History of The Churches of Christ"
October 11, 2004 - Dr. Andrew K. Benton

2003
February 10, 2003 - Laura Skandera Trombley
March 6, 2003 - Robert Bellah
March 18, 2003 - Allen Fox, John Naber, Ryne Sandberg and Paul Westphal
March 25, 2003 - Professor Glenn McGee

2002
January 17, 2002 - Barbara Boxer
January 28, 2002 - George Azar
February 18, 2002 - Lero D. Baca, L.A. County Sheriff
March 18, 2002 - Luis Lugo
April 8, 2002 - Dr. Milefi Kete Asante

Click to download Windows Media Player

These presentations require Windows Media Player. Click on the icon to download the player. If you are experiencing problems with the playback of one of the presentations, please see our Frequently Asked Questions pages.

If you are still having problems viewing the Lectures, please call IT Help Desk at (310) 506-HELP (4357).