The University of Toledo Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series will feature the co-founder of Zipcar, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the co-founder of Apple and a polar explorer.
The 2015-16 series will kick off Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a lecture by transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase. Chase is the co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service in France now merged with Drivy; and GoLoco, an online ride-sharing community. She also is the co-founder and executive chair of Veniam, a vehicle communications company.
Chase lectures widely on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, transportation, cities and climate change.
Her talk and all lectures in the series will take place at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater, located in University Hall on Main Campus. Space is limited for the free, public lectures, so attendees are encouraged to register for tickets in advance at utoledo.edu/honorslecture.
The lecture series aims to engage and challenge the community by sharing innovative ideas from esteemed professionals.
“This year’s slate of speakers is outstanding,” said Kelly Moore, interim dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. “Collectively, they will engage, inspire and motivate the University and the larger community.”
Listed by date, the 2015-16 Distinguished Lecture Series also will feature:
• Thursday, Oct. 22 — Richard Russo, an American novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and teacher. Russo won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel, Empire Falls.
• Monday, Feb. 1 — Steve Wozniak, a Silicon Valley icon and entrepreneur. Wozniak is known for co-founding Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs.
• Tuesday, April 5 — Ann Bancroft, one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers. Bancroft is an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women, girls and audiences around the world to unleash the power of their dreams.
This will be the third year of the lecture series that has brought to campus high-profile speakers including Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy; Karl Rove, who served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush; and James Carville, political consultant who helped Bill Clinton win the U.S. presidency in 1992.
For additional information, visit utoledo.edu/honorslecture or call 419.530.2738.