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Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series

Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series

Upcoming Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture

Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, astrophysicist, and Chancellor Emerita of UC Riverside, will deliver the next Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will take place on November 7, 2018 in HUB 302 at 11:00am. It is free of charge and open to the public.

Receiving many national awards and accolades over her illustrious career, Dr. Córdova was presented NASA's highest honor, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1996. In 2008 she was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Science Board. In 2009 President Obama appointed her to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution where she served until 2014, at which time she was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate as the 14th head of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Córdova was instrumental in UCR’s ability to take the initial steps towards establishing the UC Riverside School of Medicine, which advanced the inaugural graduating class in 2017.

Call for Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Nominations

Nominations are now invited for the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture (CDL) for events to be scheduled during 2019.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series at UC Riverside launched in 2005 with the goal of facilitating a space for faculty, staff, students, and the wider community to engage in the academic life at UCR and with timely issues from a variety of disciplines. Beginning in 2018-2019, these lectures will be offered to the community at least twice per academic year. The main objectives of this series are to:

  • raise the visibility of UC Riverside as a national and global leader;
  • celebrate scholars and practitioners who have made substantial contributions to their profession and/or the larger society; 
  • engage community members in the Inland Empire around a timely, provocative topic relevant to the UCR community.

Nominees for this program should be people of national and international stature and influence who will provide a compelling presentation of broad interest to the community. Nominators should keep the more general audience in mind when recommending and planning events for the speaker, which will include at least one large public lecture or performance and a reception or other social event. It also may include opportunities to engage in seminars and other organized activities for more specialized audiences. 

CDL events will be managed by the Office of the Chancellor, in collaboration with the nominating school, college, or department, and according to campus policies, procedures, and protocols for special events.

Nomination Procedures and Selection

Nominations may be submitted by individuals or collectively by a department or other academic unit.

Nominations should be submitted via the online form by October 15, 2018. These nominations will be considered for 2019 and beyond.

A committee (consisting of delegates from the Provost’s office, Academic Senate leadership, University Advancement, and Staff Assembly leadership) will review the nominations and submit recommendations to the Chancellor.

Please direct questions about this process to

Previous Lectures

Raj Chetty, Department of Economics, Stanford University (Dec. 1, 2017): Lecture video

Joyce Carol Oates, author (Feb. 8, 2008)

Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics (Oct. 26, 2007)

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate in Literature (Feb. 7, 2007)

The Honorable Joseph Ghougassian, former U.S. Ambassador (April 18, 2006)

Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate (March 14, 2006)

Richard R. Schrock, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (Jan. 25, 2006)

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (April 1, 2005)

Anthony J. Leggett, Nobel Laureate in Physics (March 2, 2005)

Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate (Feb. 3, 2005)

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