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Renowned Speakers Take the Stage

The first female Secretary of State. Pulitzer Prize Winners. Powerful activists. Best-selling authors. Renowned musicians. You’ll see them all at Bridgewater.

Endowed Lecture Series

Lectures TBA

We’ve had many amazing speakers and artists take the stage at Bridgewater College.

  • Two of America’s most experienced political analysts discussed national politics, current events and the 2024 election season. Jonah Goldberg, a popular conservative pundit, and veteran NPR reporter Mara Liasson paired up to deliver clear-cut analysis on the headlines impacting Americans in a panel discussion facilitated by Bobbi Gentry, Bridgewater College Associate Professor of Political Science. Gentry, an expert in elections and youth voting, was joined by BC undergraduate student Jory Cardoza ’26, a political science major.
  • Writer, researcher and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly delivered the keynote address, “The Importance of Representation and Racial Progress,” as part of BC’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Shetterly is the author of Hidden FiguresThe American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, which was a top book of 2016 for both TIME and Publisher’s Weekly, a USA Today bestseller and an instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller.
  • Known for her humor and satire, Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri addressed creative writing, the role of humor and satire in journalism, and the effects of A.I. on journalism. She is the author of A.P.’s U.S. History: Important American Documents (I Made Up) and the essay collections Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why and A Field Guide to Awkward Silences. Petri joined The Washington Post as an intern in 2010 after graduating from Harvard College.
  • Award-winning Black non-binary author and activist George M. Johnson used their inspiring life story to teach individuals, corporations and policymakers about LGBTQIA+ activism and social justice in healthcare. Johnson’s New York Times bestselling memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue, a powerful recounting of their adolescence growing up as a young Black queer boy in New Jersey, was called “an exuberant, unapologetic memoir infused with a deep but cleareyed love for its subjects” by the New York Times.
  • Award-winning author James McBride spoke about his latest novel Deacon King Kong, which tells the story of a 1969 shooting in Brooklyn and the strange intersections of the lives of the characters involved in the incident. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrated that love and faith live in all of us.
  • The Rev. Dr. William Barber II delivered the keynote address, “We Are Called to Be a Movement,” as part of BC’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. In 2018, Barber helped relaunch the Poor People’s Campaign, which was begun by Martin Luther King Jr. and others in 1968.
  • A cultural critic, celebrated sociologist and award-winning writer, Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom spoke on “The Crisis of Faith in Higher Education.” In her 2018 book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy and in subsequent essays, Cottom examines the impact of higher ed on society and the way it intersects with the economy, the labor market and the collective ideal of the American Dream.

You won’t believe who you get to see. Right here. At BC.

Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Kenneth Overway
Director of Endowed Lectures
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