“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.
What We Do
The Lecture Fund works within three main realms: organizing lectures, co-sponsoring events, and assisting the University with large-scale functions.
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!
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.
Past Lectures and Events
The Lecture Fund has worked with speakers including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Bill Clinton, politician 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!
Peter Thiel, Co-founder of PayPal and Palantir
“We live in a world in which courage is in much shorter supply than genius.”
Kevin Spacey, Actor
“I’ve had more people say they think House of Cards is closer to real life than you would think...Our scripts are not that crazy,”
Stephen A. Smith, ESPN commentator, radio host
"They were telling me I was stupid and I wasn’t going to be anybody. And I said, ‘We’ll see.'"
Co-Sponsored with College Republicans.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Columnist
“I think that there are a lot of people who would like to engage in the world in some way, but are worried about corruption or inefficiency or whether anyone really can make a difference. I am just a huge believer that one can.”
Misty Copeland, ballerina for American Ballet Theater
“I’ve never had the same paths as many, but that’s not to say I won’t keep trying."
Rosario Dawson, Actress
“We want to make the earth shake, make it be the largest movement the world has ever seen. … We can do it for women, and we can do it for girls, and we can do it for all the men..."
Ann Coulter, conservative social and political commentator
Warren Buffett, Investor
"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."
Mentioned by Bloomberg News.
Jeremy Scahill, Journalist; Author of Blackwater; Producer of 'Dirty Wars'
Meet the Associate & Executive Board!
Executive Board, Chair
Executive Board, Vice Chair of External Affairs
Executive Board, Vice Chair of Internal Affairs
Executive Board, Vice Chair of Finance
Chief of Staff
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!