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Gannon Lecture Series

Spring 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
​5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:30 p.m. Program
12th-Floor Lounge | E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center | Lincoln Center Campus
113 W. 60th Street | New York, NY | 10023

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Please join us for the 2016 Gannon Lecture and reception presented by Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam.

Peter's lecture, "Capitalists, Arise," will address income inequality; it can be previewed in his August 7, 2015, New York Times opinion piece, "Capitalists, Arise! We need to Deal with Income Inequality," and the August 12, 2015, follow up "Capitalists Arise!: Q&A with Peter Georgescu."

Learn more about our esteemed speaker at The Constant Choice.

Past Lectures

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Ambassador Anne Anderson, permanent representative from Ireland to the United Nations and newly appointed representative to the United States.

Ambassador, in Gannon Lecture, Shares Insiders View of U.N. Elections


Fall 2012

William Antholis, PhD, Managing Director, The Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow, Governance Studies Program at Brookings

Fractious Federations: Why China’s Provinces and India’s States Matter

William Antholis Blog

Spring 2012

Kamal Y. Azari, PhD, GSAS '88 and John Entelis, PhD, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University

Sandstorm: Interpreting the New Middle East and North Africa


Fall 2011

Ellen M. Hancock, GSAS '67, Former Chairman and CEO, Exodus Communications

Progress in Corporate America: Diversity and Governance | A Personal Perspective

Spring 2011

Susan Davis

The Case for Investing in Women: 40 Years of Perspectives from the World's Largest NGO

The founder, president and chief executive officer of BRAC USA, an international organization that works to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. A pioneer in developing holistic approaches to address complicated social needs, Davis has introduced innovative development approaches to improving the health, wealth, and well-being of the poorest women and their families in Africa and Asia. She is the co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010) and a dynamic, engaging speaker who explores modern solutions to timeless issues. Davis champions investing in women to create dramatic, positive and long-term impact on entire communities.

Fall 2010

Edward E. Conway Jr., MD, GSAS '80

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Spring 2010

Chris Lowney, FCRH '81, GSAS '81

Could St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises have spared us the 2008 Wall Street Crash?

A former Jesuit seminarian, Chris Lowney served as a managing director of JP Morgan and held senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London before leaving the firm in 2001. He is the author of Heroic Living (2009), A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment (2005) and the bestselling Heroic Leadership: Best Practices From a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World (2003).

Fall 2009

Archbishop Nicholas Girasoli, Apostolic Nunio to Zambia and Malawi

Minority Rights and Globalization: A Compromise Approach

Spring 2009

John F. Disterhoft, PhD, GSAS ’68 and ’71, is the director of the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program and the Ernst J. and Hattie H. Magerstadt Memorial Research Professor of Physiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Nicholas G. LaRocca, PhD, GSAS ’72 and ’81, Vice President,Health Care Delivery and Policy Research, National Multiple Sclerosis Society will provide a translational comment, using the example of MS,a neurodegenerative disease associated with normal aging.

Learning in Young and Aging Brains: A Neuroscientific/Psychological Perspective

Fall 2008

Rabbi Alan Brill, PhD, GSAS '94

Is There Still Mystery to Mythicism after Modernity

Rabbi Brill is also the author of Thinking God: The Mysticism of Rabbi Zadok HoKohen of Lublin and is completing a book titled Many Nations Under God: Judaism and Other Religions. His specialties are Jewish mysticism, spirituality and thought, and contemporary religion.

Spring 2008

Dr. Paul Chu, PhD, GSAS '65, DSC '88

An Odyssey of Discovery

Fall 2007

Martin Matuštík, PhD GSAS '91

The Scarcity of Hope: Post Secular Mediations on Radical Evil

Spring 2007

Peter Quinn, GSAS '75

Writes of Passage: Confessions of a Bronx Irish Scribbler

The Gannon Lecture Series, inaugurated in the fall of 1980, brings distinguished speakers to Fordham to deliver open lectures on topics of great general or public importance that fall within their fields of expertise. Fordham alumni endowed the series to honor the Rev. Robert I. Gannon, SJ, president of Fordham University from 1936 to 1949, who was renowned as an outstanding popular speaker.