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President's Lecture Series



Contemporary Conversations

The President's lecture series, Contemporary Conversations for a Connected World, celebrates Webster's great heritage of bringing to campus thought leaders who are progressive, bold, entrepreneurial, provocative and inclusive. Contemporary Conversations events are free and open to the general public as well as University students, faculty and staff.


Past Speakers


Sidney Blumenthal, Journalist and Author, "Wresting with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln" Vol II, 1849 -1856" November 9, 2017


Eric Stange, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, "Echoes of History in a New Media Landscape" March 9, 2017


Judge Glenda Hatchett,  "A Conversation with Judge Glenda Hatchett" March 27, 2017




Mercedes Tunstall, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, "E-Commerce Vulnerability:  What are Hackers Targeting?"  April 5, 2016

 Dale Chapman




Dale Chapman, President and Executive Director, Lewis & Clark Community College, "The Research Community College: The Environment and the Human Dimension," March 15, 2016 

Michael Eric Dyson Michael Eric DysonWebster University hosts Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis  March 14, 2016





Jim Weddle



Jim Weddle, Managing Partner, Edward Jones "Creating An Organization Employees Are Proud To Be A Part Of" April 14, 2015  - Blog entry by President Stroble

Stanley J. Silverman


Stanley B. Silverman, Dean of Community and Technical College, University of Akron "Why Leadership Matters and Why Many Leaders Fail," link to video source, March 31, 2015 - Blog entry by President Stroble

george fraser


George Fraser - "A Conversation with George Fraser" March 16, 2015 

Deborah Wince-Smith




Deborah Wince-Smith, President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness and President, Global Federation for Competitiveness Councils "American Cities: Ecosystems for Innovation, Drivers of U.S. Global Competitiveness" October 21, 2014

Constance Morella



Constance Morella, 2014 Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Webster University Click here for Webster Today coverage October 14, 2014 

Koko Kondo



Koko Tanimoto Kondo, Bomb Survivor and Peace Advocate "Contemporary Conversation:  Koko Tanimoto Kondo" May 7, 2014


Barbara Faulkenberry



Major General Barbara J. Faulkenberry, Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois "Leadership, Service and Global Air Mobility" April 15, 2014


Andrew Young



Andrew Young, United Nations Ambassador and Civil Rights Activist Click here for WebsterToday coverage March 10, 2014 

Will Carpenter



Dr. Will D. Carpenter, retired Vice President & General Manager of the New Products Division, Monsanto Company “The Role of the Chemical Industry in the Destruction of Chemical Weapons” March 4, 2014 

Bob Dotson



Bob Dotson, journalist, author, eight-time Emmy award winner 
"American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things"
Apr. 24, 2013

Debbie Storey

 Debbie Storey, chief diversity officer and SVP of Talent Development, AT&T 
“Getting to the Future First through Talent Development”

Jan. 30, 2013

David Washington

David Washington, managing partner, Washington & Company; author
“Life is a Choice: A Guide to Success in Life”
Dec. 5, 2012

Suzanne Sitherwood



Suzanne Sitherwood, president and CEO, The Laclede Group, Inc.
“The Path Forward: The Future of Natural Gas”
Oct. 30, 2012

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