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Centennial Lecture Series

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Lecture Series invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact our society, culture and lives in the years ahead.

Upcoming Lectures

Thomas B. Modly, Acting Secretary of the Navy
January 28, 2020

Thomas B. Modly, Acting Secretary of the Navy

The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in the Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106, on the UTEP campus. A reception will follow the presentation.

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December 13, 2019: Dr. Rosalyn W. Berne, Director for the Center of Engineering Ethics and Society at the National Academy of Engineering, “Finding a Personal Ethics Compass in an Increasingly Unethical World”
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December 9, 2019: Susan M. Gordon, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence, “How I Joined the CIA”
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October 14, 2019: Brad Smith, President, Microsoft, and Carol Ann Browne, Senior Director, External Relations and Executive Communications, Microsoft, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age”
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September 16, 2019: Dr. Paul Finkelman, President and Professor of History, Gratz College, “Is It Time to Abolish the Electoral College?”  [Related Article] [Watch Full Lecture]


April 2, 2019: Doma Tshering, Ambassador of Bhutan, The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations [Related Article] [Watch Full Lecture]


March 28: Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, Assistant Secretary for Health, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Opioid Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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October 18, 2018: Linda Birnbaum, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) & National Toxicology Program [Watch Full Lecture]

March 19, 2018: Brad Smith, President, Microsoft, "The Impact of Artificial Intelligence: What Will It Mean for the Future of Jobs"

February 1, 2018: Sir Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University, "My Journey to Stockholm"

November 16, 2017: The Honorable Gerónimo Gutierrez, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, “US-Mexico Relations at a Crossroads”

October 26, 2017: Jeff Cowton, MBE, Curator and Head of Learning, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, England, “Work that might live: valuing and securing literary archives for future generations

April 25, 2017: Dr. Roderick Hart, Shivers Centennial Chair in Communication and Professor of Government, Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, “Why Voters Felt what they Felt in Campaign 2016

April 13, 2017: Lisa Napoli, Author, “Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away

April 4, 2017: Greg Sandow, American music critic, composer, writer, consultant and professor, “The Future of Classical Music: How We Should Change

February 16, 2017: Salvatore "Tory" Bruno, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance, “The Future of the Space Launch Industry

February 2, 2017: Dr. Hector A. Garcia, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Psychiatry, San Antonio, Texas, “A Century of Transformation: UTEP, the Border Experience, and the Science of PTSD

June 14, 2016: David S. Reynolds, Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center, Department of English, City University of New York, “The American Renaissance Reconsidered: Literature, Popular Culture and Politics in the Civil War Era”

April 26, 2016: Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University, “The Evolving Water Crisis in the American Southwest”

March 4, 2016: Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, 2008 Nobel Laureate in Literature, “The Footprints of Mexico’s Literature of Manners”

January 28, 2016: Dr. Robert Freeman, Past Dean, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts, “The Crisis of Classical Music in America”

November 17, 2015: Michael Mason, Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, “Cultural Sustainability in the Age of Globalization: Community Action and Cultural Preservation”

October 27, 2015: Stephen Briganti, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., “Ellis Island as a Symbol for all American Immigration”

October 7, 2015: C.M. Mayo, Award-winning Essayist and Novelist, “On Writing About Mexico: Secrets and Surprises”

September 24, 2015: Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research, Pew Research Center, “The Rise of the U.S. Born: Emerging Trends among the Nation’s Hispanic Population”

September 17, 2015: Philip F. Mangano, President and CEO, American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness, “Marrying Aspirations and Expectations for Our Poorest Neighbors”

September 10, 2015: Dr. Manuel Sánchez González, Vice Governor, Banco de México, “Outlook of the Mexican Economy”

March 2, 2015: The Honorable Parvathaneni Harish, Consul General of India in Houston, “The Indian Economy: Opportunities for Business and Industry”

November 25, 2014: Professor Sir Harry Kroto, “Chemistry in Nano and Outer Space”

September 10, 2014: The Honorable Eduardo Medina Mora, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

April 15, 2014: Monica Lozano, Chief Executive Officer, ImpreMedia, LLC, “Latinos, Texas and America’s Future”

March 27, 2014: Dr. Mark Wynne, Vice President and Associate Director of Research for International Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, “The Euro Crisis: What Happened and Why it Matters”

March 6, 2014: Sergio Alcocer, Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE), “Mexico in North America: Region of Opportunities, Knowledge, and Shared Prosperity”

February 26, 2014: Mauro Vieira, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States, "Brazil’s Global Moment"

February 3, 2014: Dr. Allison Brownell Tirres, Assistant Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law, "Deportation and its Discontents: Reflections on a Century of Immigration Law"

November 19, 2013: Dr. Shannon O’Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, "Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead"

October 22, 2013: Dr. Ricardo Ainslie, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, "Lessons from Juarez and the Future of Mexico’s Drug War"

May 9, 2013: Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News, "Midnight in Mexico- A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness"

April 10, 2013: Richard W. Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, "An Economic and Monetary Policy Outlook"

March 12, 2013: Philip Levine, 18th Poet Laureate of the United States, "American Labor: Poetry for Whom There is No Poetry"

March 8, 2013: Dr. Julio Ortega, Director of the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies, Brown University, "Carlos Fuentes Entre Fronteras: Mexico, EEUU y España en el Mapa Literario del Siglo XXI"

February 19, 2013: Romelia Flores, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, IBM Global Solution Center, "How Smarter Hits the Streets: Technology Enabling Today’s Cities"

October 23, 2012: Sam Donaldson, Award-winning Broadcast Journalist, "Road to the White House"

September 6, 2012: Dr. Mason Peck, Chief Technologist, NASA

March 26, 2012: Sam Donaldson, Former News Anchor for ABC News, "Donaldson Here: A Conversation About Politics with Sam Donaldson"

March 1, 2012: Dr. Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Executive Publisher, Science, "The Current Climate for Science & Technology"

Feb. 7, 2012: Dr. Herminio Blanco, Former Minister of Trade and Industry for Mexico, "NAFTA at Almost 20 Years- Growth Perspectives"

Jan. 24, 2012: Richard Talbot, Director, Product Line Management of the IBM Power Systems, "Beyond Jeopardy! Putting Watson to Work"

Nov. 28, 2011: Dr. Steve H. Murdock, Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and Director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, Rice University, "Population Change in Texas and the Nation: Implications for Education, the Labor Force and Economic Development"

Oct. 20, 2011: Dr. Jerry Porras, Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change Emeritus Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, "Vision and the Great University"