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Rudin Lecture

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program was established at Marymount Manhattan College in 2000 through a grant from The Rudin Foundation, Inc. Both Jack Rudin and the late Lewis Rudin have been well known throughout New York for the extraordinary contributions they have made to enhance the quality of living and working in New York City, and for their generous support of education, health, the arts and other civic, religious and cultural causes. Marymount Manhattan is honored to be the recipient of this special grant. This lecture builds upon the College’s commitment to academic excellence and its distinctive undergraduate programs in the liberal arts. 

Rudin Lectures

  • September 25, 2017
    Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will deliver the 2017 Rudin Lecture, Rights and Liberties in America Today, in the Theresa Lang Theatre at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 1.

  • November 11, 2016
    On Wednesday, October 26th, author, activist, filmmaker, and arts consultant Dr. Simi Linton visited MMC as the 2016 Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar.  Following an informal meeting with students, Dr. Linton delivered her lecture, “Disability Arts & Artistry: Exploring New Cultural Territory.”  Faculty, students, staff, and community members filled The Theresa Lang Theatre to capacity to hear Dr. Linton’s outstanding presentation.

  • September 9, 2016
    Simi Linton, Ph.D. will deliver the 2016 Rudin Lecture, “Disability Arts & Artistry: Exploring New Cultural Territory” in The Theresa Lang Theatre at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

  • September 9, 2015
    Renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems will deliver the 2015 Rudin Lecture, “Constructing History: An Artist Explores the Context of Her Work,” at MMC onWednesday, October 28 at 7pm in the Theresa Lang Theatre.  Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power.  Her intimate depictions of children, adults, and families in simple settings capture the ongoing struggle for racial equality, human rights, and social inclusion. In this lecture, Weems, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, will discuss the power of her work and the context in which it is understood. 

  • August 22, 2014
    Acclaimed theatre artist Robert Lepage will deliver the 2014 Rudin Lecture, “Creating Outside of the Frame,” in the Theresa Lang Theatre at MMC on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m.

  • October 29, 2013
    Storied founder of Village Health Works Deogratias Niyizonkia delivered a college-wide lecture on October 23, 2013

  • October 27, 2012
    For over half a century, there has been a chasm between the arts and the sciences–creating a gulf that has hindered the growth of both sides. Addressing this, Astrophysicist and fiction writer Janna Levin will deliver her remarks, “A New Experiment in the Third Culture,” during The Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture at Marymount Manhattan College on Wednesday, October 17th.

  • August 23, 2011
    Andrew Ross Sorkin, chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and columnist for The New York Times and author of Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System —and Themselves, will deliver The Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture at Marymount Manhattan College on Wednesday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. 

  • February 12, 2009
    Marymount Manhattan College is proud to present The Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture at 6:30 p.m., March 17, in The Theresa Lang Theatre. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Richard West Sellars, retired National Park Service Historian, noted author and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. His lecture is titled, “America’s National Parks and the Rise of an Environmental Ethic.” 

  • January 22, 2007
    On Thursday, March 8, Marymount Manhattan will host the 2007 Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture. Author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll will serve as this year’s speaker.

  • April 7, 2006
    On Monday, April 10, MMC will host the Spring 2006 Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture.

  • March 1, 2005
    Lawrence M. Krauss, Ph.D., the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy, and Chair of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University, will deliver The Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) on Tuesday, March 1st at 5:30pm. 

  • October 25, 2004
    Linda Nochlin, Ph.D., the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, will deliver The Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) on Monday, November 1st at 6:30pm. 

Martha Nussbaum 

November 6, 2003

Dava Sobel 

October 9, 2002

Neil Postman

Inaugural Lecture: “Building a Bridge to the 18th Century”
October 4, 2000