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Chancellor’s Lecture Series

Chancellor's Lecture Series

The Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series strives to connect the university and the Nashville community with leaders and visionaries who are shaping our world. For more information, email


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Fall 2019 Lineup

Al Gore

(Chancellor’s Lecture Series in partnership with Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project)

November 20, 6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Langford Auditorium

Keynote + Q&A

Former Vice President Al Gore will return to Vanderbilt University for a global conversation on the climate crisis and its solutions. The presentation—part of a worldwide event called “24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action,” led by Gore and The Climate Reality Project, which he founded and chairs—will be in partnership with the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

November 21, 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Langford Auditorium

Keynote + Q&A

Adichie, who was born in Nigeria and came to study in the U.S. at the age of 19, spurred international attention in 2009 with her TED Talk entitled “The Danger of a Single Story,” which illustrated the harmful effects of failing to acknowledge the full complexity of others in both literature and society. The speech has become one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time with over 19 million views on alone.

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Amanda Little, Steven Pinker & Carl Zimmer

December 3, 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Langford Auditorium

“2020 and Beyond: Tackling Global Issues in the Decades to Come”

Panel discussion moderated by Jon Meacham, featuring Writer-in-residence Amanda Little

(L-R) Amanda Little, Steven Pinker, Carl Zimmer

Rounding out the fall lineup is a panel discussion on the most pressing global issues in the decades to come.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Meacham will moderate a discussion in Langford Auditorium featuring cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, award-winning science journalist and New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer and Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence Amanda Little, who recently published The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World.

Over the course of the evening, the panelists will consider the cross-cultural international collaborations needed to solve these burgeoning problems.


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