Lecture Series

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


Skeggs Lecture Series presents

Bill Nye


Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life.

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Paul J. and Marguerite K. Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise

Jennifer Hyman

Co-Founder of Rent the Runway

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

7:00 pm, DeYor Performing Arts Center

Tickets are not required
Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $2.4 trillion fashion industry by pioneering dynamic ownership and powering women to feel their best every day. Valued at $1B, Rent the Runway is one of the few female-founded, female-led companies in history to reach this milestone. In her role, Jennifer sets the strategic priorities and leads the company in growing all areas of the business, including marketing, technology, merchandising, supply chain and data science. She co-founded Rent the Runway in 2009, and has since raised over $525 million in capital, growing the business to over 11 million members, 1,800 employees (93% female and minority) and 600+ designer partnerships. Jennifer is a mission-driven leader and as the CEO, has built Rent the Runway from an idea into a profitable, high-growth company and one of the most beloved brands in the U.S.

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Paul J. and Marguerite K. Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise

Stephen Dubner

Co-author of the Freakonomics book series

Thursday, April 16, 2020

7:00 pm, Stambaugh Auditorium

Tickets available beginning
March 2, 2020.

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known as co-author of the Freakonomics book series, which has sold more than 7 million copies in over 40 countries. He is also the host of Freakonomics Radio, which gets 8 million monthly downloads and airs on NPR stations and elsewhere.

Skeggs Lecture Series presents

Michael Symon

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

7:00 pm - Presentation
8:00 pm - Book Signing
Stambaugh Auditorium

Tickets available beginning
August 3, 2020.

Michael Symon cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew.

Michael is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland, locals of B-Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, and Angeline at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. He is also the author of five cookbooks, including Playing With Fire (Clarkson Potter, 2018).

When he’s not working, Michael loves cooking at home, playing golf, gardening in the backyard and spending time with his wife Liz and their bulldog Ozzy.

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

Previous Lectures

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.