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

W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian who is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. He recently made his Netflix debut with a new stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro. Kamau has a book with the easy-to-remember title The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. Kamau has hosted three critically acclaimed podcasts: Kamau Right Now!, Politically Re-Active, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period. Kamau is on the advisory board of Hollaback! and Donors Choose and is the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”

Kamau has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards and a GLAAD award, and he was featured on Conde Nast’s Daring 25 list for 2016. The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was mostly just excited that they called him “handsome.” The New Yorker said, “Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable.” Kamau is also known for his criminally short-lived FX & FXX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

Kamau still finds time to travel to college campuses around the country, performing his one man show that inspired Totally Biased, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.

Kamau’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN.com, Salon, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Establishment. (One time, on his website, Kamau wrote about getting kicked out of The Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley on his birthday because they thought he was harassing his wife. Listen to his appearance on This American Life for all the details.) Kamau’s debut as a director happens in Fall 2018 with the release of the A+E documentary Culture Shock: Chris Rock’s Bring The Pain.

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 7:30pm
Ticket Prices:

Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Tickets become available three to four weeks prior to the event.

Tickets are only available at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box OfficeOnly 2 tickets per person will be distributed.

Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her pictures have appeared regularly on magazine covers ever since. Leibovitz’s large and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most well- known portraits of our time.

Leibovitz’s first major assignment was for a cover story on John Lennon. She became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973, and by the time she left the magazine, ten years later, she had shot one hundred and forty-two covers and published photo essays on scores of stories, including her memorable accounts of the resignation of Richard Nixon and of the 1975 Rolling Stones tour. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape. At Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, she developed a large body of work — portraits of actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and political and business figures, as well as fashion photographs — that expanded her collective portrait of contemporary life. In addition to her editorial work, she has created several influential advertising campaigns, including her award-winning portraits for American Express and the Gap. She has also collaborated with many arts organizations. Leibovitz has a special interest in dance, and in 1990 she documented the creation of the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris.

Several collections of Leibovitz’s work have been published. They include Annie Leibovitz: Photographs (1983); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970– 1990 (1991); Olympic Portraits (1996); Women (1999), in collaboration with Susan Sontag; American Music (2003); A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 (2006); Annie Leibovitz at Work (2008), a first-person commentary on her career; Pilgrimage (2011); and an over-sized, limited collector’s edition of her photographs published by Taschen (2014).

Exhibitions of Leibotvitz’s work have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; the National Portrait Gallery in London; the Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, Russia; and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

Leibovitz is the recipient of many honors. In 2006 she was made a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. The previous year, in a compilation of the forty top magazine covers of the past forty years by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), she held the top two spots (#1 for the photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken for Rolling Stone the day Lennon was shot, and #2 for the pregnant Demi Moore in Vanity Fair). In 2009, she received the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achievement Award, ASME’s first Creative Excellence Award, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts and the Wexner Prize. In 2013 she received the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. She was the inaugural recipient of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Contemporary Vision Award in 2015. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

She lives in New York with her three children, Sarah, Susan, and Samuelle.

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:30pm
Ticket Prices:

Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Tickets become available three to four weeks prior to the event.

Tickets are only available at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box OfficeOnly 2 tickets per person will be distributed.

Distinguished Past Barrick Lecturers

2010-2017

John Quinones

2017

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

Linda Ronstadt

2016

Barrick Lecture Series: Simple Dreams: A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt

December 8, 2016

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

Scott Kelly

2016

Barrick Lecture Series: Captain Scott Kelly

September 21, 2016

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

Doris Goodwin

2016

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

April 25, 2016

Renowned Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Fareed Zakaria

2016

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

Feb. 9, 2016

Global Thinker, Columnist, and CNN Host

Ehud Barack

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

Eric Topol

2013

Dr. Eric Topol

April 15, 2013

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

Mark Russell

2012

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

2012

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

Daschle and Huckabee

2011

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.

Biographies

Thomas Friedman

2011

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.

Bush and Carville Portraits

2011

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

Dean and Rove

2010

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 Portrait

2010

Garrison Keillor

January 19, 2010

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

2000-2009

George Stephanopoulos Portrait

2009

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.

Dionee, Watts, Borger

2009

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

January 22, 2009

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

John Ralston Portrait

2009

Jon Ralston

January 22, 2009

Jon Ralston, Political Analyst / Moderator

F.W. de Klerk

2007

F. W. de Klerk

April 17, 2007

Former South African President and Foe of Apartheid -Full Biography

Bob Dole

2006

Bob Dole

April 17, 2006

National Politician and War Hero -Full Biography

Crier

2005

Catherine Crier

November 9, 2005

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

Jeffrey Toobin

2005

Jeffrey Toobin

November 9, 2005

CNN Legal Analyst - Full Biography

Ken Burns

2005

Ken Burns

April 7, 2005

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

Bob Woodward

2004

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

2004

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

Gorbachev

2004

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

2003

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

2003

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

2003

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 Goneyea

2003

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

2003

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

2002

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

2002

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

2002

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

2002

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

2002

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

2001

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

2000

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

2000

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

2000

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

2000

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

2000

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

1990-1999

David Broder

1999

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

1999

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

Pat Schroeder

March 1, 1999

Linda Ellerbee

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1997

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

1997

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

1996

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.

John Henry Sununu

1996

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

1996

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

William F. Buckley Jr. & John Kenneth Galbraith

April 18, 1996

1995

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

1994

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

1993

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

1992

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

1991

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

1990

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

1981-1989

1989

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

1988

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

1987

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

1986

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

1985

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

1984

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

1983

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

1982

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

1981

Louis Rukeyser September 22, 1981