Academic Festival Speakers/Calendar

Chef Rick BaylessSeptember 25, 2014

Chef Rick Bayless

Chef & Agricultural Activist Award-winning chef Rick Bayless specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine.   Winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and the host of PBS’ Mexico-One Plate at a Time, Bayless has authored eight cookbooks. His second book, Mexican Kitchen, won the Julia Child IACP Cookbook of the Year award in 1996, and his fourth book, Mexico–One Plate at a Time won the James Beard Best International Cookbook of the Year award in 2001. Fiesta at Rick’s spent a number of weeks on The New York Times best seller list. He has a series of restaurants in Chicago, and his award-winning Frontera line of salsas, cooking sauces and organic chips can be found coast-to-coast.

Topic: Food and Agriculture
7:30 p.m.
University Theatre


Dr. Robert GlennonNovember 18, 2014

Robert Glennon

Robert Glennon is Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Glennon is the author of Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters and Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It. Glennon has received two National Science Foundation grants and has served as an advisor to governments, law firms, corporations, and NGOs on water law and policy. He is also a regular commentator and analyst for various television and radio programs and for the print media.

Topic: Water and Natural Resources
7:30 p.m.
University Theatre


Jeff SpeckMarch 12, 2015

Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created a new initiative, the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., the founders of the New Urbanism movement, where he directed or managed more than forty of the firm’s projects.  Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates LLC, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making downtowns more walkable. His recent book, Walkable City – which The Christian Science Monitor called “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” – was the best-selling planning/design book of 2013.

Topic: Communities
7:30 p.m.
University Theatre


Ed Begley, Jr.May 8, 2015 - Commencement Address

Ed Begley, Jr.

An actor best known for his six Emmy nominations for St. Elsewhere; his collaborations with Christopher Guest in A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, and For Your Consideration; as well as his memorable commercial spots for the 2010 Census, Ed Begley, Jr. is also a staunch environmental advocate, who practices what he preaches about going green. The star of the hit series, Living With Ed, and the author of Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life and Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living: Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-Conscious Life, he is on the board of a number of prominent environmental organizations and is one of the country’s most visible sustainable living advocates.

Commencement Address
7:30 p.m.
Cameron University Stadium