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Distinguished Lecture Series

The Distinguished Lecture Series application is now closed. Please stay tuned to find out who will be on the 2015-2016 committee!


The University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series is chartered as a university-wide standing Administrative Committee. The objective is to provide the university and greater communities with a variety of distinguished lecturers and speakers that will bring significant interest, visibility and added prestige to the University of North Texas.

We propose to accomplish the following goals


To introduce the University community to the excellence of world-class speakers and to raise the appreciation of same;


To expose the University community members to personalities to whom they would not ordinarily be exposed;


To complement the educational process, via outstanding lectures, master classes, residencies, seminars and workshops;


To add significantly to the quality of life for the University community and the greater metroplex communities;


An endeavor to enhance the educational opportunities for the communities;


To attain speakers who provide benefit and are of interest to the students;


The Series will be administered by a committee composed of three (3) faculty representatives appointed by the Faculty Senate, three (3) staff representatives appointed by the UNT Staff Council, six (6) students appointed by the UNT Student Government Association, and one permanent ex officio faculty and/or staff representative to serve as administrative assistance to the committee, appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The President of the UNT Student Government Association or his/her designee shall serve as chair.

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Our Speakers

The selection of speakers will be conducted on a consensus basis, after suggestions have been sought throughout the university. The selected speakers must reflect a wide public recognition and appeal. Under no circumstances will the Series be used to promote the discipline of any particular academic unit, department, school or college within the University.

Our Next Speaker

Ben & Jerry

April 9, 2015

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Previous Speakers

Ta-Nehisi Coates

March 12, 2015

General Wesley Clark

February 4, 2015

Maria Hinojosa

November 17, 2014 @ 8pm

George Takei

October 27, 2014

Steve Wozniak

August 18, 2014

Roslyn Brock

April 15, 2014

Lt. Dan Choi

February 6, 2014

Rainn Wilson

September 23, 2013

Condoleezza Rice

April 16, 2013

Myth Busters

September 24, 2012

John Legend

February 7, 2012

Robert M. Gates, Ph. D.

September 7, 2011

Coach Ken Carter

April 27, 2011

Jeff Corwin

February 23, 2011

George W. Bush

February 17, 2010