Lecture Series

Tickets to all lectures are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of four per person.


Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise presents

Bozoma Saint John

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

7:00 pm, Stambaugh Auditorium

Tickets available beginning
September 22, 2021.

Bozoma Saint John is Chief Marketing Officer at Netflix. Over the course of her career, Boz has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing marketing and advertising executive. She most recently served as CMO of Endeavor, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion. Boz also served as Chief Brand Officer for Uber, where she was tasked with telling the stories of millions of riders and driver partners across 600+ cities. Boz also served as Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, spearheading campaigns geared towards growing consumer brand recognition, loyalty and equity around the world. Boz was the Head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America and VP of Marketing for Ashley Stewart, a women’s fashion brand, and managed accounts at advertising agencies Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee’s SpikeDDB.

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Centofanti Symposium & Skeggs Lecture Series present

Sanjay Gupta

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

7:00 pm, Stambaugh Auditorium

Tickets available beginning
February 8, 2022.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the chief medical correspondent for CNN. Sanjay, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Sanjay is the host of Vital Signs for CNN International and Accent Health for Turner Private Networks. Sanjay’s reporting and documentary work have won numerous awards.


Skeggs Lecture Series presents

Bill Nye

Thursday, April 28, 2022

7:00 pm, Stambaugh Auditorium

Tickets available beginning
March 14, 2022.

Bill Nye is an American science educator, engineer, comedian, television presenter, author, and inventor. His mission is to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been passionate about his entire life. Bill has written several books including: Big Blast of Science, Bill Nye’s Consider the Following, Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Big Blue Ocean, Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Great Big Dinosaur Dig, and Undeniable—Evolution and the Science of Creation. He is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary, Bill Nye: Science Guy and currently stars in the Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the Planet. Bill is the CEO of the Planetary Society, a leading nonprofit space advocacy organization where the world’s citizens work to advance space exploration and science.

For more information call 330-941-2136 or email jmleviseur@ysu.edu.

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Skeggs Lecture Series presents

Michael Symon

Thursday, October 7, 2021

7:00 pm, Stambaugh Auditorium

Tickets available beginning
September 9, 2021.

Michael Symon is an American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author. He has been a regular on many Food Network shows including Iron Chef America; Burgers, Brew and ‘Que; Food Feuds; and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, as well as BBQ Brawl and Symon Dinners, Cooking Out. He has also made numerous contributions to periodicals such as Bon Appétit, Esquire, Food Arts, Gourmet, Saveur, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Michael cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael is the chef and owner of a number of restaurants in the Greater Cleveland area. He is credited with helping to “save” the restaurant scene in Downtown Cleveland. He also owns restaurants in Detroit and Atlantic City. Michael describes his cooking as “meat-centric.” He is the author of five cookbooks, including the New York Times bestseller Fix it with Food, a guide to managing inflammation and pain with 125+ recipes proving that you don’t need to sacrifice delicious food to eat healthfully and be pain free.


Skeggs Lecture Series presents

Bryan Terrell Clark

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Bryan Terrell Clark shares life-changing lessons from his career on Broadway and work in arts education and philanthropy to empower young people to leave their mark on the world.

Bryan is an actor and singer-songwriter, known for his starring role as George Washington in Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway. He has also starred in the iconic role of Marvin Gaye in Motown: The Musical, as well as in Broadway’s acclaimed Fences.

Skeggs Lecture Series presents

Martin Sheen

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Award-Winning Actor, Social Activist & Humanitarian, Front Line Special Envoy (An International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders).

Endeared to audiences nation-wide for his acting career which spans more than five decades, Martin Sheen uses his dynamic presence and celebrity status to lend an inspired voice to political and humanitarian causes around the globe.

Skeggs Lecture Series presents

Kevin Smith

Friday, July 5, 2019

Kevin Smith @ThatKevinSmith is the fat guy who got thrown off the plane. He also made Clerks once.

Centofanti Symposium presented


Survival and Moving Forward

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, the Columbine high school shooter
Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
Kaitlin Roig, former Sandy Hook teacher
Brandon Wolf, survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting
Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed by a white supremacist in Charlottesville.

Thomas Colloquium presented

Eddie George

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pro-Tential Managment has collaborated with Eddie George and his various enterprises to include: EGX Lifestyle, a health & wellness initiative that he started by partnering with the Professional Football Mothers Association and multiple lateral events at his alma mater, The Ohio State University. Pro-Tential Management has also been a part of Eddie’s busy career as he transitioned into acting, motivational speaking, entrepreneurship and numerous other projects.

Skeggs Lecture Series presented

Dan Abrams & Nancy Grace

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dan Abrams is the founder of the Abrams Media Network and created and sold Sportsgrid.com. He is also a best-selling author, the Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News and the host of the hit show LivePD on A&E Network. Previously, Dan served as the General Manager of MSNBC. He also hosted “The Abrams Report”, a nightly legal affairs program, and the acclaimed “Verdict with Dan Abrams”. Additionally, he was the co-anchor of “Nightline” on ABC News. His latest book is Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency.

Nancy Ann Grace is an American legal commentator and television journalist. She was the host of Nancy Grace from 2005 to 2016, which was a nightly celebrity news and current affairs show on HLN, and of Court TV’s Closing Arguments. Currently, Grace manages a radio crime show on Sirius XM and the website crimeonline.com. She is also the author of the mystery thriller Hailey Dean book series.