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Statement of Purpose

"The Saint Leo University Speaker Series brings distinguished experts from a wide range of disciplines face-to-face with members of the university community. These influential doers and thinkers present relevant, provocative topics that generate discussion among students,faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community—dialog that is central to the university’s mission."

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Season!

The University Speaker Series presents “Beyond Ideas of Wrong-doing and Right-doing” with Barbara “Bobbie” Gottschallk, co-founder of Seeds of Peace, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 17, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Ms. Gottschalk was the founding executive director in 1993 of Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit that brings together young people from Israel, Palestine, and other troubled areas for experience in living together peacefully. Seeds of Peace operates a summer camp in the United States and a Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem. Today, Ms. Gottschalk continues to serve as a board member of Seeds of Peace and as a volunteer. Admission is free.



Monuments Men author Robert Edsel (pictured) speaks at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms, Student Community Center. Mr. Edsel’s nonfiction account of a special World War II military unit that saved European art treasures from Nazi looting was the basis for the popular film. Presented by the University Speaker Series.


Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of the national bestseller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, spoke at the University Campus on January 28 at 7 p.m., in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. 

Robert Musil, author of Hope for a Heated Planet, spoke on "Global Climate Change and Environmental Leadership" at the University Campus on February 18 at 7 p.m., in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center.



2009-2010 Social Justice in Action

In our first series we heard from these four amazing, talented, and dedicated individuals: