Wilkes University

University Lecture Series

Wilkes Lecture Series - Speakers at Wilkes

Current Speakers


Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers

Founder of McSweeney’s and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What

  • Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle, A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine (The Believer). McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of seven tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.


Max Rosenn Lecture Series in Law and Humanities

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson

Attorney, human rights activist, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

  • Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It is an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue.

Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction, and was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People for 2015. Stevenson is a tenured law professor at New York University School of Law. He was named in Fortune's 2016 World's Greatest Leaders list, and served on President Barack Obama's task force on 21st-century policing.


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