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Provost's Distinguished Speaker Series

The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities in research prominence, advancements in teaching and learning, and community engagement. A culture of innovation encourages and supports our more than 2,000 full-time faculty in their pursuit of knowledge and promotes a vibrancy and diversity that seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

The Provost’s Distinguished Speaker Series fosters intellectual, professional, and personal growth and collegiality among the University of Connecticut community. This series provides an opportunity for our most recently-inducted Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors and Endowed Chairs to share advances in their expertise and engage thought-provoking discussions.

Along with their respective schools and colleges, we are pleased to host these accomplished scholars who are recognized by the University as Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors or brought to UConn via named chairs with prestigious endowments. These outstanding faculty set the highest standards with their teaching, research, and outreach, and advance our university.

Academic Year 2020-2021 Schedule

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Shining Light in the Shadows: My Work in Dietary Supplements

C. MICHAEL WHITE

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy Practice, UConn School of Pharmacy
  • Department Head of Pharmacy Practice
Sandra Chafouleas

Well-Being in School, Child, and Community: Advancing the Whole, Not the Sum of Its Parts

SANDRA M. CHAFOULEAS

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, UConn Neag School of Education
  • Neag Endowed Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Pamir Alpay

The Iron Man Approach: Accelerating Materials Development Using Atomistic Models

PAMIR ALPAY

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UConn School of Engineering
  • Associate Dean for Research and Industrial Partnerships
  • GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Executive Director, UConn IPB/Tech Park
Sergio Luzzatto

Looking into a Name: The Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair and World History

SERGIO LUZZATTO

  • Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Katharina von Hammerstein

Voices of Genocide: From German Colonialism in Africa to the Southern District Federal Court of New York

KATHARINA VON HAMMERSTEIN

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Past Speakers

October 9, 2019

Probing Precipitation from Space: Key to Advancing Predictability of Storm Hazards

EMMANOUIL ANAGNOSTOU

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UConn School of Engineering
  • Eversource Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering
  • Eversource Energy Center Director

December 2, 2019

The Decline in Public Firms and the Rise of Private Capital

YIMING QIAN

  • Professor and Toscano Family Chair in Finance, UConn School of Business

February 5, 2020

The Know-It-All Society

MICHAEL LYNCH

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director of the UConn Humanities Institute
  • Director of the New England Humanities Consortium

February 26, 2020

Trauma, Testimony, and Time: Remembering the Holocaust in the 21st Century

AVINOAM PATT

  • Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies, UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
  • Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life