George A. Andrews Distinguished Speakers

The George A. Andrews Distinguished Speaker Series

 
The George A. Andrews Distinguished Speaker Series was inaugurated in 1997 with the generous support of a devoted friend of Principia. The series is named in honor of the first Dean of the College, who also served with great distinction during his 30-year career at Principia (1921–1953) as a professor of history.
 
Primarily an educational program for Principia College students, the series features speakers of high ideals and strong character whose ideas and decisions have made a significant imprint on our times.
 
In addition to the Andrews speakers, Principia College sponsors several lecture series devoted to the subjects of moral courage, diversity, public affairs, and African affairs. The College also sponsors the Annenberg Visiting Scholar Program.
 
Among other significant visitors, Enrico Fermi, Pable Casals, Martha Graham, Carl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, David McCullough, Jane Goodall, Henry Kissinger, Helen Thomas, George Mitchell, Erin Brockovich, Daniel Schorr, Nien Cheng, John Lewis, Gwen Ifill, Morris Dees, Mary Robinson, Oscar Arias, and Henry M. Paulson have addressed the College community over the years.
 
It is the College's hope that these examples of lives well lived will inspire Principia students to careers devoted to the largest purposes and highest ideals.
 

George A. Andrews Distinguished Speakers

2014 Madeleine Albright
Former United States Secretary of State
 
2011 George Will
Pultzer Prize-winning Author, Syndicated Columnist
 
2010 Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Founder of the Micro-enterprise Lending Movement
 
2009 Doris Kearns Goodwin
Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian, Lincoln Scholar
 
2008 Vicente Fox
President of Mexico
 
2007 Robert Duvall
Academy Award-winning Actor, Director, and Screenwriter
 
2006 Barack Obama
President of the United States
 
2006 Wangari Maathai
Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Humanitarian, Environmentalist
 
2005 Thomas Friedman
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, New York Times Columnist
 
2004  Coretta Scott King
Humanitarian, Civil Rights Champion, Wife of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King 
 
2002 Elie Wiesel
Holocaust Survivor, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
 
2000 Colin Powell
United States Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
 
1999 Jimmy Carter
President of the United States
 
1998 George H. W. Bush
President of the United States
 
1997 Margaret Thatcher
Prime Minister of Great Britain