We have some exciting events in the works for 2019-20. Stay tuned!
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. As chief administrative officer for the paramount body of international cooperation, Ban Ki-moon is well known for his peacekeeping and employment reforms, as well as his firm stance on global warming. Furthermore, Ban is the current chair of the International Olympic Committee's Ethics Commission, as well as co-founder of an international citizenship nonprofit. At Stanford, Ban gave an inspiring lecture about the future of global citizenship, overviewing the challenges that lie ahead and encouraging youth activism!
Ken Jeong is an actor and comedian, well known for his roles in the Community TV series, The Hangover film series, Crazy Rich Asians, and the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken. Also a licensed physician, Ken has since stopped practicing to focus on his career in acting. At Stanford however, Ken did not only amazing stand-up, but also answered medical questions from the audience! (With astonishing accuracy, while at the same time roasting everyone. Truly impressive.)
Glen Keane is a renowned animator, author, and illustrator. From the Oscar-winning short Dear Basketball to Disney classics such as the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, Glen's directed projects are highly prevalent and imaginative. With his talk and incredible VR performance for Family Weekend, Glen reminded us all of the creativity that lies within our childlike side, and instilled magic that many had long forgotten.
Singer-actor Jennifer Lopez energized our campus during her talk about her movie, “Second Act”. Her fellow panelists, Alex Rodriguez (her significant other), Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Producer, A Second Act), and Desiree Gruber (CEO, Full Picture) discussed the hit movie, future steps, and life in general. Offering advice on overcoming fears, J.Lo also touched on how she has stayed true to her beginnings, reminiscing on the inspiration her mother gave her when she first began acting.
Scott Dikkers, co-founder of The Onion, was an essential figure in building up arguably the most renowned news satire organization in America. As the publication's longest serving editor-in-chief, Dikkers discussed his fascinating journey — sharing insights on satire, fake news, and entertainment marketing.
Sal Khan is an American educator and entrepreneur who founded Khan Academy, a free online education platform with which he has produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects. Sal's inspirational journey to leading a nonprofit serving millions of people across the world provided him with intriguing insights regarding the future of education.
Chris Ware & Marjane Satrapi
Chris Ware is the graphic artist known for creating the Jimmy Corrigan and Acme Novelty Library series. Considered to be one of the best cartoonists in the industry, Ware has won the Eisner Award for creative achievement 11 times. Marjane Satrapi is a French and Iranian graphic novelist best known for her works including Persepolis as well as Embroideries.
Jimmy Wales is the founder of the world’s largest free, online encyclopedia – Wikipedia. Wales also founded the webhosting service known as Wikia and has been named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list.
Rainn Wilson is widely known for his portrayal of Dwight Schrute in the television show, The Office. Wilson is also known for his voice acting, as in the 2009 film, Monsters vs. Aliens. Wilson is the founder of SoulPancake and a graduate of the University of Washington.
Cole Bolton & Mike Gillis
Cole Bolton is the Editor-in-Chief of the Onion, a satirical news publisher. Mike Gillis is currently a writer for the Onion.
Kathryn Bigelow was the director of the Academy Award-winning film, The Hurt Locker. For her work on the Hurt Locker, she was also the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Director. Bigelow has been named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Laverne Cox portrays Sophia Burset in the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Cox is the first transgender person nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in history, and is also the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Aziz Ansari is an American comedian who gained prominence for his roles in Master of None and Parks and Recreation. Since graduating from New York University, Ansari has also had roles in I Love You, Man, as well as 30 Minutes or Less. Ansari has also written a book, Modern Romance: An Investigation.
General David Petraeus is the former Commander of the United States Central Command and also the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Since graduating from the US Military Academy, General Petraeus served in the United States Army for 37 years. He also has a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin is an anchor on Squawk Box on CNBC, and also a writer for the New York Times. Sorkin is the author of the best-selling book, Too Big to Fail and produced the film version of the book as well.
Garry Kasparov is the former World Chess Champion and one of the greatest chess players in history. Born in the Soviet Union in 1963, Kasparov set the record for the youngest ever world champion and also competed against the IBM AI, Deep Blue in 1997.
Olympia Snowe was the United States Senator from Maine, serving from 1995 until 2013. While in the Senate, Snowe headed the Senate Small Business Committee and gained a reputation for her bi-paritsan ideals and her moderate political beliefs. Snowe was also the First Lady of the state of Maine from 1989 until 1995.
Dame Jane Goodall of the Order of the British Empire is the world’s most renowned expert in the study of chimpanzees. Educated at the University of Cambridge, Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute and is the United Nations Messenger of Peace. Goodall has received the Kyoto Prize, the Hubbard Medal, and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for her work in the field of chimpanzees.
Ira Glass is the host of the National Public Radio show, This American Life. Glass has worked in the public radio industry for more than 30 years since graduating from Brown University.
Tony Blair was the Leader of the United Kingdom Labour Party, the Leader of the Opposition from 1994-1997, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997-2007. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Blair pioneered the “New Labour Party” which focused more on capitalist ideals than his more socialist predecessors.
Karl Rove & Robert Gibbs
Karl Rove was the Deputy Chief of Staff during the administration of President George W. Bush. He also served as the Senior Advisor to the President. Robert Gibbs was the White House Press Secretary during President Barack Obama’s first term in office. Now the Global Chief Communications officer of McDonalds, Gibbs also advised President Obama during his re-election campaign in 2012.
John Githongo is a Kenyan journalist known for elucidating the widespread corruption throughout the Kenyan federal government. The focus of the book, It’s Our Turn to Eat, Githongo was the recipient of the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award.
Nicholas Kristof is a CNN analyst, and writer for the New York Times. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, the Harvard-educated Kristof has been instrumental in illuminating the human rights abuses throughout Africa and has been recognized by the Archbishop of South Africa as an “honorary African.”
Kofi Annan is the recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Trained as a diplomat from Ghana, Annan also served as the Secretary General for the UN for nearly ten years through the first half of the 2000s. During his tenure, Annan emphasized health crises in Africa and remains involved with the United Nations.
Michael Moore is a filmmaker, known for directing and producing the highest grossing documentary in American film history, Fahrenheit 9/11. Moore’s film documenting the Columbine High School massacre was also the recipient of the Academy Award for a Documentary in 2002. Moore has been named by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Friedman is a writer for the New York Times and a world-renowned expert on international relations in the Middle East. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Friedman has also been awarded the Pulitzer Prize three times since starting his career in 1979.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an American actor, director, and screenwriter who played in starring roles as a child in films including Angels in the Outfield. Since beginning his acting career at the age of 7, Gordon-Levitt has also gained recognition for his roles in 500 Days of Summer, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Snowden.
Perez Hilton runs the PerezHilton.com, a gossip blog which has gained national attention for its controversial tabloids. Hilton is also an advocate of anti-bullying and is an outspoken spokesman for the It Gets Better Project.
Jake Hurwitz & Amir Blumenfeld
Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are the starring duo of the web series, Jake and Amir. Both former writers of CollegeHumor, they have also starred in The CollegeHumor Show as well as many other CollegeHumor-related productions.
Seth Meyers is the host of the NBC program, Late Night with Seth Meyers. Prior to that, Meyers gained international repute with his work in the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live, as well as for hosting the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 2010 and 2011 ESPYS and the 2015 NFL Honors show.
Matisyahu is a singer and musician known for his ability to blend Jewish themes with modern rock and hip hop twists. Originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, Matisyahu has been featured in the Billboard Top 40 and acted in the 2012 horror film, The Possession.
Van Jones is the President of Dream Corps and the author of multiple bestselling books including The Green Collar Economy. Van Jones has been listed as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and co-hosted the show, Crossfire, on CNN. A graduate of Yale Law School, Van Jones also received the NAACP President’s Award in 2010.
Professor Steven Chu is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist for his work at Stanford University in manipulating atoms with lasers. Chu was also chosen by President Barack Obama as the United States Secretary of Energy during President Obama’s second term. Chu is currently a professor at Stanford University.
Adam Savage gained recognition for his starring rolw as co-host of MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. An avid special effects designer, Savage also starred in the Disney Channel production, Unchained Reaction. A graduate from the Tisch School of the Arts, Savage’s work has also been featured in the Matrix trilogy and the Star Wars saga.
BJ Novak is an actor and comedian, who grew to fame as a writer and executive producer of The Office, in which he also starred as Ryan Howard. Novak graduated from Harvard University.
Michael Uslan was the producer of the 1989 film, Batman, as well as its sequel, Batman Returns. Uslan is also the recipient of the 1995 Daytime Emmy for his production, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Uslan has also been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Peace River Film Festival as well as the West Point Cadet Choice Award.
Pervez Musharraf was the tenth president of Pakistan, with a tenure from 2001 until 2008, in which Musharraf led an 50% increase in Pakistan’s GDP. Musharraf has also held the positions of Chief Executive of Pakistan, Minister of Defence, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee as well as the Chief of Army Staff.
David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Tony Award-nominated writer. The works he has published include The Duck Variations, and American Buffalo. Mamet also wrote for the TV show, The Unit, and has received Oscar nominations for his work in Wag the Dog and The Verdict.
Madeleine Albright was the United States Secretary of State under the Clinton administration, and is the first female Secretary of State in the history of the United States. Since leaving politics, Albright has become a professor at Georgetown University.
Salman Rushdie was the 1981 recipient of the Booker Prize for his novel, Midnight’s Children. Rushdie has been named the 13th greatest British writer since 1945 by The Times and is a fellow of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Literature. Rushdie has been knighted in both France and England and is currently a faculty at Emory University.
Morgan Spurlock gained recognition following his performance as director, writer, producer, and star of the 2004 documentary, Super Size Me. An Academy Award nominee, Spurlock is the host of CNN documentary series, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man. Morgan Spurlock graduated from New York University.
Dave Barry is the 1988 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Renowned for his humor columns published by the Miami Herald, Barry has also been active as the guitarist in the Rock Bottom Remainders, and has had a TV show, Dave’s World, document his works on CBS.
Wesley Clark, Sr. served as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 until 2000. The former valedictorian of West Point and a Rhodes Scholar, Clark was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.
Sarah Silverman is a two-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning comedian. Silverman is known for her Comedy Central television show, The Sarah Silverman Program, as well as her performances in School of Rock and Wreck-It-Ralph. Silverman was previously a writer on Saturday Night Live and is an avid activist on social issues throughout the nation.
Alan Dershowitz was the youngest Professor of Law in the history of Harvard Law School, gaining tenure at the age of 28. A graduate of Yale Law School, Dershowitz spent 46 years in academia at Harvard Law School, and is currently with CNN as a political analyst.
Ralph Nader is the writer of the 1966 best selling book in non-fiction, Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile. Nader has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Americans” by Time Magazine and The Atlantic, and has been instrumental in affecting consumer protection legislation including the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Clean Water Act.