Barrick Lecture Series

Thanks to the generosity of series founder, philanthropist Marjorie Barrick, UNLV is proud to host the premiere speakers forum in Southern Nevada.

Barrick Lectures are generally presented two to three times annually. Check back for updates. Starting time for the lectures is usually 7:30 pm. Tickets are always free to the public, with a two-per-customer limit. Ticket distribution announcements are posted in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. When tickets are made available, they can be obtained at the P.A.C. Box Office.

Upcoming Lecture

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Distinguished Past Barrick Lecturers



Barrick Lecture Series: John Quiñones — What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom about Doing the Right Thing?

May 8, 2017

Emmy Award-Winning Co-Anchor


Latin Grammy Winner Linda Ronstadt
Barrick Lecture Series: Simple Dreams: A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt

December 8, 2016

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Latin Grammy Award-Winner

Barrick Lecture Series: Captain Scott Kelly

September 21, 2016

History-Making U.S. Astronaut & Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Barrick Lecture Series: Doris Kearns Goodwin — Leadership Lessons from the White House

April 25, 2016

Renowned Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Barrick Lecture Series: Fareed Zakaria — In Defense of a Liberal Education

Feb. 9, 2016

Global Thinker, Columnist, and CNN Host


Ehud Barak- Former Israeli Prime Minister

May 4, 2015

Former Israeli Defense Minister / Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak speaks. The date has been rescheduled from April 24 to May 4.


Ray Kurzweil – Author, Inventor and Futurist

February 10, 2014

Author of How to Create a Mind and The Singularity is Near and Director of Engineering for Google, Ray Kurzweil is the first speaker on the Barrick Lecture Series in 2014, giving a talk titled "The Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century: the Impact on Business, the Economy and Society." Full Biography

Race in America, A Panel Discussion Moderated by Soledad O'Brien

October 21, 2014

Soledad O'Brien, award-winning journalist and educator, moderates a panel discussion on race in America.


Michael Eisner, Business and Entertainment Leader

October 1, 2013

Michael D. Eisner, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company from 1984-2005, will give a lecture titled, "Working Together in the Creative Economy: Why Great Partnerships Succeed." Full Biography

Dr. Eric Topol

April 15, 2013

Eric Topol, from the Scripps Research Institute, lectures on "The Creative Destruction of Medicine." Full Biography


Mark Russell: Master of Political Satire

October 17, 2012

UNLV is pleased to announce that Mark Russell will deliver his brand of political satire just in time for the 2012 presidential elections as the first Marjorie Barrick Lecture in the 2012-2013 series. Full Biography

Steve Forbes

April 25, 2012

The Marjorie Barrick Lecture Series is pleased to announce that Steve Forbes will give the second Barrick Lecture of the 2011-2012 season. Full Biography


Senator and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
Governor and Media Personality Mike Huckabee

November 7, 2011

The 1st Barrick Lecture Series event for the 2011-2012 season features Senator and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle & Governor and Media Personality Mike Huckabee.


Thomas L. Friedman

March 28, 2011

"Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America" Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist — the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of five bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.

Governor Jeb Bush and James Carville

January 31, 2011

Governor Jeb Bush, Politician
James Carville, Political Strategist and Commentator
Jon Ralston, Moderator, Broadcaster and Political Journalist


Howard Dean and Karl Rove

April 9, 2010

Governor Jeb Bush, Politician
James Carville, Political Strategist and Commentator
Jon Ralston, Moderator, Broadcaster and Political Journalist

Garrison Keillor

January 19, 2010

Garrison Keillor, Best-Selling Author and Host of A Prairie Home Companion. Full Biography



George Stephanopoulos

March 3, 2009

American broadcaster and former political adviser George Stephanopoulos is currently ABC News's Chief Washington Correspondent and the host of ABC's Sunday morning news show This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

E.J. Dionne, J.C. Watts, Gloria Borger

January 22, 2009

E.J. Dionne, Journalist
J.C. Watts, Congressman/Journalist
Gloria Borger, Journalist/Commentator

Jon Ralston

January 22, 2009

Jon Ralston, Political Analyst / Moderator


F. W. de Klerk

April 17, 2007

Former South African President and Foe of Apartheid - Full Biography


Bob Dole

April 17, 2006

National Politician and War Hero - Full Biography


Catherine Crier

November 9, 2005

Journalist, Author, & Court TV Legal Analyst - Full Biography

Jeffrey Toobin

November 9, 2005

CNN Legal Analyst - Full Biography

Ken Burns

April 7, 2005

The New York Times calls Ken Burns "the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation." Full Biography


Bob Woodward

September 28, 2004

As the most respected investigative reporter in the news business, Bob Woodward has earned nearly every American journalism award, including the Pulitzer Prize. Full Biography

Ben Bradlee

September 28, 2004

Benjamin C. Bradlee participated in the PBS television adaptation of Character Above All. His expertise was in the presidency of John Kennedy. Mr. Bradlee has written two books on John Kennedy. Full Biography

Mikhail Gorbachev

March 22, 2004

Mikhail Gorbachev served as leader of the Soviet Union from 1985-1991. He is world-renowned and admired for streamlining and decentralizing the oppressive system he inherited. Full Biography


Campbell Brown

December 2, 2003

Campbell Brown is the co-anchor of NBC’s Today, Weekend Edition, the nation’s top rated weekend news program. Full Biography

Jim Angle

December 2, 2003

Angle reports on overall political news from Washington, D.C., as well as broader issues, including social security and tax reform for the Fox News Channel. Full Biography

Terence Smith

December 2, 2003

Terence Smith joined The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in August 1998 to establish and lead the media unit as its senior producer and correspondent. Full Biography

Don Gonyea

December 2, 2003

In January 2001, Don Gonyea was named NPR’s White House Correspondent, taking over the post previously held by NPR’s Mara Liasson who has become NPR’s National Political Correspondent. Full Biography

David Gergen

March 28, 2003

Commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to presidents for 30 years, David Gergen has been an active participant in American national life. Full Biography


John Irving

November 2, 2002

John Winslow Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, the University of New Hampshire, and the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Full Biography

Gloria Borger

March 26, 2002

Gloria Borger joined U.S. News and World Report in 1986. Since then, she has been a political reporter/columnist, and now, a contributing editor. Full Biography

Frank Cappiello

March 26, 2002

Frank A. Cappiello is President of a McCullough, Andrews & Cappiello, Inc., a large investment counseling firm with offices in San Francisco, Calif., and Baltimore, MD. He is one of the country’s leading financial analysts. Full Biography

Richard Norton Smith

March 26, 2002

Richard Norton Smith is a nationally recognized authority on the American presidency and a familiar face to viewers of C-Span, as well as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where he appears regularly as part of the show’s round table of historians. Full Biography

Ray Suarez

March 26, 2002

John Winslow Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, the University of New Hampshire, and the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Full Biography


Doris Kearns Goodwin

April 17, 2001

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the renowned author of The New York Times best-sellers Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. The former was called “the most penetrating political biography” the New York Times reviewer had ever read. Full Biography


Cokie Roberts

October 25, 2000

Cokie Roberts serves as a senior news analyst for NPR, where she was the congressional correspondent for more than 10 years. In addition to her work for NPR, Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, serving as an on-air analyst for the network. Full Biography

Steven Roberts

October 25, 2000

Steven Roberts has been a journalist for more than 35 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 60s and 70s to President Reagan’s historic trip to Moscow in 1988 and nine presidential election campaigns. Full Biography

Mark Russell

September 21, 2000

Born in the ‘Thirties in Buffalo, New York,’ Mark Russell served in the Marines in the ‘Fifties and had a couple of weeks’ college before starting out as a piano player in the Carroll Arms Hotel Bar on Capitol Hill. Full Biography

James Carville

January 11, 2000

James Carville is a political commentator providing insight “from the left” on CNN’s programs including Inside Politics. On Inside Politics, Carville and liberal commentator Paul Begala debate the hottest issues of the day with conservative commentator Robert Novak. Full Biography

Mary Matalin

January 11, 2000

Born in September 1953 in Chicago, Ill., Mary Joe Matalin dropped out of Western Illinois University to work in a steel mill in the early 1970s. She later received a BA in political science in 1978. Full Biography



David Broder

December 8, 1999

David S. Broder, a national political correspondent reporting the political scene for The Washington Post, writes a twice-weekly column that covers an even broader aspect of American political life. Full Biography

Wole Soyinka

October 26, 1999

Born on July 13, 1934 and educated in Ibadan, Nigeria, and Leeds, England, where he obtained an Honours degree in Literature, Wole Soyinka has held Fellowship. Full Biography

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Pat Schroeder

March 1, 1999


Linda Ellerbee

November 5, 1998

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist, award-winning television producer, best-selling author, one of the most sought-after speakers in America, a breast cancer survivor, and a mom. Full Biography

Andrea Mitchell

May 20, 1998

Andrea Mitchell is the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, a position she's held since November 1994. She reports on evolving foreign policy issues in the United States and abroad for all NBC News broadcasts, including Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and for MSNBC. Full Biography

Bill Bradley

February 2, 1998

Bill Bradley was the senior U.S. Senator from New Jersey, elected to his third and final term in 1990. A Democrat, Bradley announced in 1995 that he would not seek re-election but would remain active in public life. Full Biography


Ann Richards

December 9, 1997

During her lifetime of public service, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards has won widespread acclaim for her accomplishments as an elected official and as an inspirational national leader and role model. Full Biography

Sam Donaldson

February 24, 1997

Sam Donaldson recently retired from ABC News after a more-than-twenty year career. Samuel Andrew Donaldson, Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up just across the state line in Chamberino, New Mexico. His father died before he was born. Full Biography


Mark Russell

October 14, 1996

Born in the 'Thirties in Buffalo, New York' Mark Russell served in the Marines in the 'Fifties and had a couple of weeks' college before starting out as a piano player in the Carroll Arms Hotel Bar on Capitol Hill. He made up songs about his customers. Full Biography

John Henry Sununu

September 17, 1996

John Henry Sununu (born July 2, 1939) is a former Governor of New Hampshire (1983-89) and former White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba. Full Biography

Geraldine Ferraro

September 17, 1996

Geraldine A. Ferraro is president of G&L Strategies, a management consulting firm which provides corporations and global organizations counsel on creating productive and safe workplace environments; designs strategies and plans for creating and improving relationships of corporations with government institutions and non-governmental organizations; and develops initiatives designed to position corporations as responsible global citizens. Full Biography

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William F. Buckley Jr. & John Kenneth Galbraith

April 18, 1996


Louis Rukeyser November 29, 1995
Stephen Jay Gould October 21, 1995
Mario Cuomo March 29, 1995
Lesley Stahl February 22, 1995


Barry Goldwater December 15, 1994
C. Everett Koop March 28, 1994
William Safire January 19, 1994


Terry Waite October 18, 1993
George Plimpton April 20, 1993
Cokie Roberts February 22, 1993


Arthur Ashe December 02, 1992
Mark Russell September 15, 1992
Ralph Nader April 29, 1992


Art Buchwald November 21, 1991
Tom Wolfe September 30, 1991
Benazir Bhutto January 28, 1991


Willy Brandt October 29, 1990
Ed Bradley September 13, 1990
Jane Goodall May 02, 1990



Alistair Cooke October 27, 1989
Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill May 08, 1989


Eric Sevareid October 18, 1988
Jimmy Carter April 14, 1988
Gerald Ford February 08, 1988


Richard Leakey November 19, 1987
Mortimer Adler April 30, 1987


Henry Kissinger October 29, 1986
Carl Sagan September 28, 1986
Abba Eban April 21, 1986


Howard K. Smith December 10, 1985
Jeanne Kirkpatrick September 04, 1985
Malcolm Forbes, Jr. April 18, 1985


Edwin Newman September 12, 1984
Jihan Sadat May 29, 1984
Mark Russell April 01, 1984
Dr. George Wald February 16, 1984


Challenger 7 Space Shuttle Crew August 12, 1983
John Houseman June 02, 1983


Douglas Hofstader May 05, 1982
Walter Cronkite February 08, 1982
William F. Buckley Jr. & John Kenneth Galbraith January 10, 1982


Louis Rukeyser September 22, 1981