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President's Speaker Series

We bring in amazing nationally – and internationally – renowned speakers to talk to our students about important issues in the world today. 

It’s designed to broaden our students’ knowledge and widen the classroom experience. It’s about appreciating diversity and the thoughts and ways of others. And, it’s about civic engagement. It’s about challenging ourselves to think deeply and to act responsibly.


Peter Beinart, former editor of The New Republic, an American columnist and journalist, visited in 2012.

What's coming next?

Women in Combat: A Soldier on Being a Catalyst for Change

Wednesday, March 29, 10am
Delta College Lecture Theater (G160)

Major MJ Hegar filed – and won – a landmark lawsuit against the Department of Defense that paved the way for women in combat. Before this, on a tour in Afghanistan, the Medevac helicopter she piloted was shot down, forcing her to take action that helped save lives and earned her historic recognition. She speaks on leadership, being the catalyst for change, and thriving under pressure. She is a member of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2013 and has a new book on her life coming out in the next month. 

Major MJ Hegar's presentation will be one hour followed by dialogue with the audience and a sale and signing of her new book.

The Delta College President's Speaker Series is funded by the President's office and the Peter and Barbra Boyse Endowment Fund through the Delta Foundation. The event is free and open to the community, no tickets required. 

Past Speakers

Election 2016 and the New Generation - Rosa Clemente and Ruben Navarette 

Rosa Clemente, hip hop activist and scholar, and Ruben Navarette of the Washington Post, the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, discussed Election 2016 and the New Generation – diverse voices on the presidential candidates and issues. 
We heard diverse insights on the presidential election and the issues in this national election from two very lively speakers.

Matt Taibbi

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 bestseller “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” and “Griftopia.”

Dr. Michael Burlingame

Dr. Burlingame is a historian at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He spoke at Delta about his book, "Abraham Lincoln: A Life."He was awarded the Order of Lincoln by the Governor of Illinois in 2009.

Stephen Prothero

Dr. Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University and the author of many critically acclaimed books on religious literacy, including the international bestseller, "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn't".

Dr. Janna Levin

Dr. Levin is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Barnard University and the author of "How the Universe Got Its Spots", about black holes.

Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart is a liberal American columnist and reporter whose work regularly appears in national publications. He is a frequent commentator on political television shows, and the former editor of The New Republic.

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is a conservative syndicated columnist and writes for The National Review. He is also a frequent commentator on political talk shows.

Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell is a teacher who used journals and unique teaching methods to reach inner city high school students. These journals led to the publication of "The Freedom Writers" and eventually a major motion picture. She speaks widely on education and poverty.


The Speaker Series is in its 18th year in 2016-17.

President's Speaker Series

The Series was founded by Dr. Nancy Vader-McCormick, President Don Carlyon and the Delta College Foundation.


We have hosted over 35 nationally recognized speakers.


Nancy Vader-McCormick

"I saw an opportunity for our students to grow and learn beyond what the classroom provided. If we could bring in notable world-renowned speakers, I knew they would benefit so much. It's been a great asset for our students!"

Nancy Vader-McCormick