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.
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.
The General Body
Open to anyone, the General Body is a way for any student to help shape dialogue on campus and plan some of the most important events at Georgetown.
Every semester the Lecture Fund accepts applications for our Associate Board from students of all levels of experience. Members on the Associate Board help organize lectures, manage cosponsorships, and manage our organization.
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,
“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
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.”
Help us bring more brilliant speakers to campus by applying to The Lecture Fund.
Vice Chair of Internal Affairs
Internal management of Associate Board and General Body and recruiting
Vice Chair of External Affairs
External outreach and marketing
Vice Chair of Finance
Management of funding and fiscal year allocations
Chief of Staff
Internal management of Associate Board and events
Want to bring a speaker to campus? We can help.
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!