Mary and Louis Fusco DISTINGUISHED LECTURE Series

The Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture Series is a major intellectual event in the greater New Haven area, each year bringing a political, social, or creative leader to campus.

In the week preceding the lecture, the university sponsors a public forum focusing on an issue related to the lecture. Previous forums have highlighted such issues as the power of the news media in shaping history and social change, the importance of empowering America's youth, and the role of the arts in the lives of those who are physically challenged. The lectures and their companion forums present the Southern community and the community at large with rare opportunities to hear a variety of viewpoints on topics that influence their lives and profoundly affect their futures.

The series also involves the community by offering businesses and individuals an opportunity to become sponsors at various levels of financial support. Proceeds from the event provide scholarship support for Southern students through the Endowed Awards of Excellence, a new merit-based scholarship program that will attract and recognize academically talented students.

Past Distinguished Lecturers in the Series:

Alan Alda

Actor, Science Advocate
2013

Mark Kelly

Astronaut
2012

Michael J. Fox

Actor and Author
2011

Tim Russert

Political Journalist and Analyst
2008

Peter Gammons

ESPN Commentator, and

Brian Cashman

Yankees GM
2009

Apolo Ohno

Olympic Speed Skating Champion
2010

Whoopi Goldberg

Actor, Comic, Humanitarian
2007

Bill Belichick

Head Coach, New England Patriots
2006

Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State
2005

Mario Cuomo

Former Governor, New York
2004 

Rudolph Giuliani

Former Mayor, New York City
2003

Ehud Barak

Former Prime Minister of Israel
2002 

Dana and Christopher Reeve

Actors, Disability Rights Activists
2001

Walter Cronkite

Former Broadcast Journalist
2000

Colin Powell

Former Secretary of State
1999