• Georgetown University

    Lecture Fund

     

    “Keep them coming, all of them — the radicals, the politicians, the spiritual leaders and whoever else can be roped into speaking here. To continue the Jesuit ideal of lifelong, comprehensive learning, our minds need to be challenged, inspired and opened.”

    - The Hoya

     

     

    The Georgetown University Lecture Fund is a non-partisan student-run organization that exists to enrich the academic experience of the Georgetown community. We strive to bring speakers to Georgetown's campus to enlighten, educate and, occasionally, entertain.

     

    The Lecture Fund arranges forums on a variety of topics, ranging from nuclear energy alternatives to urban economics. Along with these discussions, the Lecture Fund hosts an active calendar of individual speakers addressing a wide range of subjects and disciplines.

     

  • Never Miss A Lecture

    Follow our newsletter to get the latest updates on when speakers are coming to campus and how you can see them as well as recaps of events and links to videos.

  • What We Do

    The Lecture Fund works within three main realms: organizing lectures, co-sponsoring events, and assisting the University with large-scale functions. 

    Organizing Lectures

    Individual Lecture Fund members reach out to speakers, inviting them to give a lecture on campus. We then collaborate on the financial, logistical, and marketing details to bring events to life!

    Co-sponsoring Events

    The Lecture Fund provides financial, logistical, and/or marketing assistance to campus organizations or individual students with their events. Please refer to our Co-Sponsor section for more details!

    Assisting the University

    Throughout the school year, the University occasionally requests the logistical assistance of Lecture Fund members for various large-scale events.

  • Join The Lecture Fund

    If you're interested in dialogue on campus, passionate about organizing events, or just want to learn more about what we do, be sure to send us an application.

    Associate Board

    Every semester the Lecture Fund accepts applications for our Associate Board. Members of the Associate Board organize lectures, manage cosponsorships, and coordinate with speakers about lecturing on campus.

    The General Body

    The Lecture Fund also accepts applications to our General Body. Open to anyone, the General Body is a way for any student to help shape dialogue on campus and have a hand in planning some of the most important events at Georgetown.

    100% Acceptance

    Any student that applies to the Lecture Fund will be accepted to either the Associate Board or the General Body. We feel that enabling every interested student to be a part of our organization in some capacity helps us enrich the quality of conversation on campus and reach a greater number of students.

  • Interested in Joining?

    Information about joining our General Body will be out in the next few days!

  • Past Lectures and Events

    The Lecture Fund has worked with speakers including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Bill Clinton, Speaker Newt Gingrich, philanthropist Warren Buffett, journalist Bob Woodward, actress Rosario Dawson, and actor Bradley Cooper. Below are examples of other individuals our collective has welcomed to the Hilltop!

    Shaun King, Civil Rights Activist

    “Young people are frustrated...they feel like the system itself failed them. Like the nation failed them. The country failed them."

    Rupi Kaur, Author of

    Milk and Honey

    "i have what i have and i am happy i’ve lost what i’ve lost and i am still happy"

    Edward Snowden, Whistleblower

    "Privacy is the right to the self. And how does that happen? That happens by trying things and failing. And then trying again and succeeding."

    Bradley Cooper, Actor

    "Just fall on your face. Who cares? Really, it’s the only way you’re going to learn. The only way. God help you if you never fail.”

    Nick Kroll and John Mulaney,

    Comedians

    “The time after college is a time to take some risks and do whatever it is that’s in your heart. The main philosophy that I took upon graduating was that I was more scared of regret than rejection.”

    President Barack Obama (2006)

    “The Achilles heel of the most powerful nation on earth is the oil we cannot live without."

    Warren Buffett, Investor and Philanthropist

    "It's very hard to write regulations that will keep people from acting foolishly, particularly when acting foolishly has been proven very profitable over the preceding few years."

     

    Link to video

    Stephen A. Smith, Sports Commentator

    “They were telling me I was stupid and I wasn’t going to be anybody. And I said, ‘We’ll see.’ And from that day forward I was on a mission. And my mission was one thing, above all else: No one would ever laugh at me again.”

    Peter Thiel, Venture Capitalist

    “We live in a world in which courage is in much shorter supply than genius."

    Ali Stroker, First Wheelchair Actress on Broadway

    “Broadway theaters by law have to be accessible for audience members with disabilities...It should be the same for someone in the show.”

    Saroo Brierley, Subject of the film Lion

    “I’d learned quickly, as a matter of survival, that I needed to take opportunities as they came—if they came—and to look forward to the future.”

    Hundreds of Others...

    Help us bring more brilliant speakers to campus by applying to The Lecture Fund.

  • Our Team

    Meet the Associate Board

    Aiden Johnson

    Chair

    Abigail Glasgow

    Vice Chair of External Affairs

    Sarah Smith

    Vice Chair of Internal Affairs

    Isabelle Hupez 

    Vice Chair of Finance

    Will Linde

    Chief of Staff

    Anisha Vora

    Associate Board

    Habon Ali

    Associate Board

    Alice Collins

    Associate Board 

    Elizabeth Cregan

    Associate Board 

    Nicole Heitsenrether

    Associate Board 

    Daniel Kastholm 

    Associate Board 

    Garet Williams 

    Associate Board 

    Kumail Aslam

    Associate Board 

    Anthony Persico

    Associate Board 

    Symone Wilson

    Associate Board 

    Ideen Ashraf

    Associate Board 

    Bilva Chandra

    Associate Board 

    Denna Nazem

    Associate Board 

    Emma Vahey

    Associate Board 

    Richard Howell

    Associate Board 

    Dillon Denehy

    Associate Board 

  • Bring a speaker 

    to campus!

    Want to bring a speaker to campus? We can help you: here.

    Interested in bringing a speaker to campus? Through a co-sponsorship, the Lecture Fund can provide you with financial, logistical, and/or marketing support to get your event off the ground. We supply organizations with experienced liaisons and the comprehensive information necessary to successfully develop and market lecture events. Click here to find out more!

  • Keep in touch!

    Feel free to send us any questions or concerns you may have through the email form below.

     

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