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WLP Endowed Lecture Fund

Does your department or organization want to bring a high profile speaker to Virginia Tech? The Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Endowed Lecture Fund may be able to help you!

The WLP Endowed Lecture Fund can provide funding for a prominent speaker, male or female, to come to Virginia Tech. To be considered for funding, please review the criteria and submit the request for funding application.

Previous speakers sponsored, in part or in full, through the WLP Endowed Lecture Fund include:

2013

  • Katherine M. Charron, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University, was hosted by the Department of History and presented a lecture on the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Keri E. Iyall Smith, Assistant Professor at Suffolk University, was hosted by the Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Human Rights as the keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Forum on Human Rights.
  • Diane Michelfelder, Professor at Macalester College, was hosted by the Department of Philosophy as a speaker during Ethics Week.
  • Sunniva Sorby, explorer and lecturer, was hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences and spoke regarding leadership lessons learned as a member of the first all-women expedition to the South Pole.
  • Cynthia Weber, Professor at the University of Sussex, was hosted by the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) as the keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual ASPECT Conference.
  • Nandini Bhattacharya, Professor at Texas A&M University, was hosted by the Department of Sociology and presented a lecture regarding South Asia.
  • Monica Black, Professor at University of Tennessee - Knoxville, was hosted by the Department of History and presented the keynote address at the 16th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference.
  • Elizabeth Stine-Morrow, Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, was hosted by the Center for Gerontology and presented the keynote address at the 35th Anniversary of the Center for Gerontology.

2012

  • Toni Morrison, American novelist, editor, and professor, was celebrated by guests spanning the fields of literature, music, government, and more at the "Sheer Good Fortune" event presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. The event was hosted by Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, and Joanne Gabbin.
  • Dr. Evalyn Gates, renowned theoretical cosmologist/astrophysicist who was appointed executive director and chief executive officers of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in 2010. Dr. Gates was hosted by the department of Physics.
  • Dr. Alexandra Schultheis Moore, associate professor in English at UNC-Greensboro, spoke about human rights featured in literature and film.
  • Mike Reiss, Emmy Award-winning producer of the Simpsons and best-selling author, held a screening of his animated shorts and gave a presentation followed by a Q&A session to discuss Jewish history, culture and identity, while providing a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of the Jewish experience.

2011

  • Dr. Johnetta Cole, educator and humanitarian, keynote speaker for the sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Virginia Tech.
  • Dr. Z. Aziza Baccouche, blind African American theoretical physicist, founder and president of her own multimedia company, AZIZA Productions, presented Seeking Vision, organized by the Department of Physics.
  • Dr. Melanie Bonner, clinical and pediatric psychologist at the Duke University Medical Center at the Brain Tumor Center, and Virginia Tech alumnus from the Department of Psychology, speaker at the first annual Virginia Tech Cancer Research Symposium.
  • Martin Sheen and Emilio Esteves, the father/son, actor/director duo presented their movie, The Way, which portrays one man's journey on the Camino de Santiago.
  • Lillie Paquette, documentary director and a specialist in international affairs focuses on mass media, public opinion, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, presents "We Are Egypt - Voices Leading to Revolution."
  • Dr. Marina Ranga, as part of the 2011 Innovation Based Manufacturing Workshop, CEO of Triple Helix Research Group in Belgium, presents ideas about innovation and increasing business competitiveness.
  • Theda Perdue, UNC-CH professor, presents The Life and Legacies of Booker T. Washington, organized by Department of History.
  • Kavitas Ramdas, international human rights pioneer who has made the Global Fund the largest grant making foundation in the world. Her talk will focus on the global perspective of quality of women's lives and the educational development of women.

2010

  • Dr. Andrew Weaver, Nobel Peace Prize winner and one of the world's foremost climate scientists, keynote speaker at the 26th annual Graduate Student Association Research Symposium.
  • Zev Kedem, a real-life "Schindler's List" survivor, was the keynote speaker for Jewish Awareness Month.
  • Anne Hastings, director of Fonkoze in Haiti, presenting Accompanying the Poorest Out of Poverty: What Works? What Doesn't?, organized by the Department of Political Science.

2009

  • Greg Mortenson, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and co-author of the best-selling book, "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Missions to Promote Peace... Once School at a Time," presenting Pennies, Pencils, and Peace, organized by the new Students for Non-Violence Club, the International Relations Organization, and the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships at Virginia Tech.

2008

  • Maya Angelou, poet, educator, historian, best-selling author and actress, keynote speaker for the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Virginia Tech.
  • Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache, presenting Leveraging the Power of Media: The Shift Toward Positive and Accurate Representations of Native American People, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

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A Tribute to Toni Morrison

    Sheer Good Fortune: A Special Tribute to Toni Morrison, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Burruss Hall Auditorium, Blacksburg, Va. Event hosts are Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, and Joanne Gabbin.

Toni Morrison, American novelist, editor, and professor, was celebrated by guests spanning the fields of literature, music, government, and more at the "Sheer Good Fortune" event presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. The event was hosted by Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, and Joanne Gabbin. Click here to see photos from the event.


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