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The Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series

This Year's Volpe Lecture Speaker:
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose Director, Hayden Planetarium
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 12:30pm

From Accountant to Teacher, Banker to Police Officer and countless other jobs in between, every student at St. Francis College will become a citizen of the world when they graduate. New York City, where people from hundreds of ethnicities continually develop interconnecting relationships, has always been on the forefront of global ethics. Understanding of how cultures come together and sharing alternate perspectives are two crucial ways to prepare to become leaders of tomorrow.

The Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series is designed to prepare St. Francis College students to create new opportunities in a world affected by ever-changing cultural and economic pressures. It stresses the importance of being sensitive to vastly different cultures and the way those cultures influence social, legal, political and economic forces at play across the globe.

Guest speakers represent various aspects of the global environment, including finance, banking, insurance, accounting, marketing, politics, media, law, and human resources. Their firsthand appreciation of the knowledge and creativity needed to succeed is certain to inspire the next generation of global leaders.

The Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series has also sponsored four visiting professors at St. Francis College, two of whom have stayed with the College, thereby fostering a long-term, intensive discourse in global ethics.

Volpe Lecture Series Speakers

2012 - Frank Bruni (New York Times, Born Round)

2012 - Pete Hamill (Snow in August, A Drinking Life)

2011 - E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate)

2010 - Russell Simmons (Def Jam, Phat Farm)

2008-09 - Sir Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children)

2007-08 - Mariane Pearl (A Mighty Heart)

2006 - Andrea Mitchell (NBC News)


(Thomas J. Volpe, Mariane Pearl and
President Brendan J. Dugan, above)

2005- Paul Rusesabagina (The Real Hero of Hotel Rawanda)

2004- Mary Robinson (Former President of Ireland)

2003- Felix Rohatyn (Former Ambassador, Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the State of New York)

2002- Lech Walesa (Former President of Poland)

2001- Oscar Arias (Former President of Costa Rica)

2000- George Mitchell (Former U.S. Senator, Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

1998- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (Historian, Pultizer Prize Winner, Former Presidental Speech Writer)

1997 - Caspar Weinberger (Former Secretary of Defense)

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