Centennial Lecture Series


After 100 years of opening the doors of opportunity for residents of the Paso del Norte region and serving as a model for educational innovation and cultural exchange, The University of Texas at El Paso begins our second 100 years as a recognized leader in redefining higher education for a 21st century student demographic. The University’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. We invite you to join us in exploring important and timely topics and expanding our thinking about how they may help shape UTEP’s next 100 years.

 

  • 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".