President's Lecture Series

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Launched in 1998, the prestigious President's Lecture Series has hosted several Nobel Peace Prize winners, along with other high profile speakers. Co-sponsored by Chico Performances, this community-oriented event is also sponsored by the Office of the President at CSU, Chico, and the Office of the Provost at CSU, Chico..


  • 1998 — Mary Matalin & James Carville — Political Consultants
  • 1998 — Ferid Murad — 1994 Nobel Prize: Physiology and Medicine
  • 1999 — Shimon Peres — Human Rights Activist, 1994 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1999 — Jose Ramos-Horte — Human Rights Activist, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1999 — Arch-Bishop Desmond Tutu — 1984 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2000 — Mikhail Gorbachev — Former Pres. Of Soviet Union, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2001 — Lech Walesa — Former Pres. Of Poland, 1983 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2002 — Oscar Arias — Former Pres. Of Costa Rica, 1987 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2003 — Scott Carpenter — Original Mercury Astronaut and NASA executive
  • 2003 — Jody WilliamsInternational Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2004 — Robert Hass — U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995-1997
  • 2005 — Dr. Jane Goodall — United Nations Messenger of Peace
  • 2006 — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — Environmentalist / Attorney
  • 2007 — Jean Michel Cousteau — Environmental Advocate
  • 2008 — Dr. Richard Leakey — Environmentalist and Paleoanthropologist
  • 2009 — Sean Carroll — Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • 2010 — Naomi Judd — Musical Artist / Hepatitis C Spokesperson
  • 2011 — Sir Salman Rushdie — Modern World Literature & Politics
  • 2012 — Shirin Ebadi — First Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • 2013 — Ray Kurzweil — Author, Scientist, Inventor & Futurist
  • 2013 — Eve Ensler — Activist, Playwright, Author

Shirin Ebadi

Eve Ensler

Author, Playwright, TED Speaker

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Laxson Auditorium | 7:30 p.m.

Premium $40 | Adult $35
Senior $33 | Student/Child $20

  "Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving." — Variety

Eve Ensler, bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues and one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Changed the World," has penned a new book, a visionary manuscript of separation and connection — to the body, the self, and the world. Ensler will be speaking on the journey that led to the writing of this self-exploratory memoir, entitled In the Body of the World, which addresses cancer, the brutal conditions of women in the Congo, and her own coming to terms with her body.

Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body — how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body — a disconnection brought on by her father's sexual abuse and her mother's remoteness. "Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth," she writes, "I could not feel or know their pain.",

But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and through months of harrowing treatment, she is forced to become first and foremost a body — pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the Earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully — and gratefully — joined to the body of the world.

In her talk and her work, Ensler is unflinching, generous, and inspiring: she calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.

This lecture is hosted by the Office of the President at CSU, Chico as part of the annual President's Lecture Series.

Sponsors of this event include Chico State's STOP and GSEC student organizations.

Founded in 2008, STOP! (Stop Trafficking of Persons) is a student-led organization committed to raising awareness of global human trafficking and modern-day slavery. STOP! has partnered with campus, community and regional organizations to work toward those ends in the North State. STOP! sponsors a Human Trafficking Awareness Week every Spring on the Chico State campus.

The AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center [GSEC] is a student run activist organization which strives to empower all students through its two programs: the Women's Program and the LGBTQ+ Program. The GSEC challenges societal norms that have been used to oppress and marginalize by hosting awareness-raising events and offering internships that provide opportunities for leadership and personal development.

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