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President's Speaker Series

The President's Speaker Series gives students and community members the opportunity to hear nationally- and internationally-known speakers discuss a variety of important issues in the world today. This series is designed to broaden knowledge learned within the walls of a classroom, and to build an appreciation for the diversity of ways of being and thought, and for civic engagement.

The President’s Speaker Series was founded in 1999 under the direction of former Delta College President Donald Carlyon and Communication professor Dr. Nancy Vader-McCormick. The Series has been generously supported by Delta College President Dr. Jean Goodnow, the Delta College Foundation, and the Peter and Barbara Boyse Endowment.

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

Tuesday, March 24  at 9:30am
Delta College Lecture Theater G160
(see map)

Following the presentation, Mr. Taibbi’s books will be for sale and Mr. Taibbi will be available to autograph them.

Matt Taibbi is a National Magazine award winner and longtime editor, now contributor to “Rolling Stone” magazine. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows, including “The Daily Show” and NPR, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling author of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” and “Griftopia”.

The presentation is free and open to the community. No tickets required.

Matt Taibbi is a National Magazine award winner and longtime editor, now contributor to “Rolling Stone” magazine. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows, including “The Daily Show” and NPR, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling author of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” and “Griftopia.”

Following the presentation, Mr. Taibbi’s books will be for sale and Mr. Taibbi will be available to autograph them.

The presentation is free and open to the community. No tickets required.

This event is free and open to students and community members. For more information, to RSVP that you will be bringing a class, or for disability-related accommodations, please contact Barb Handley-Miller at 989-686-9198.

Poster for the event (PDF)

Previous Speakers

The President’s Speaker Series has hosted prominent speakers who challenge all of us to think deeply and act responsibly:

  • 2014-2015 Dr. Michael Burlingame
  • 2013-2014 Stephen Prothero, Dr. Janna Levin
  • 2012-2013 Peter Beinart and Noah Goldberg
  • 2011-2012 Erin Gruwell, Susan Pinker
  • 2010-2011 Richard Heinzl, Robert Kenner
  • 2009-2010 Charles Wheelan
  • 2008-2009 Paul Glastris and Stephen Hayes, Tzeporah Berman
  • 2007-2008 Breaking Ice Diversity Group, John Torreano
  • 2006-2007 Marion Nestle, Kevin Sites
  • 2005-2006 Roland Fryer, Thomas Perls
  • 2004-2005 Eric Alterman and Monica Crowley, Sonia Monzano
  • 2003-2004 Herman Boone
  • 2002-2003 Carl Bernstein, Naomi Tutu
  • 2001-2002 David McAuley, Betty Williams
  • 2001-2001 Alvin Pouissant, Terry Roberts
  • 1999-2001 Bertice Berry, Ray Suarez

Committee Members

The President’s Speaker Series Committee plans themes, speakers and coordinates events. 

  • Barb Handley-Miller, Chair
  • Nancy Vader-McCormick
  • Kirk Wolf
  • David Baskind
  • Kimberly Klein
  • Linda Holoman
  • Angela Sinclair
  • Heidi Helgren
  • Tom Caylor



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