The President's Forum at Goucher College was launched in 2005. It brings to campus notable figures from various fields and backgrounds for incisive discussions and lively debates on today's most vital issues. Presented twice a year (in the fall and spring), the Forum is an open invitation to the members of our community — both on campus and beyond - to participate in the intellectual life of the college through open dialogue on topics both relevant and timely.

President's Forum Speakers:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Outspoken Political Leader, Women's Rights Advocate, and Islam Reformist (Spring 2012)
Robert D. Putnam, Renowned Harvard Political Sci­entist and Author of the Influential Bestseller Bowling Alone (Fall 2011)


David Plouffe, Campaign Manager for Barack Obama (Spring 2009)
Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post (Fall 2008)

Ron Paul, Republican Congressman and Presidential Candidate (Spring 2008)
George Stephanopoulos, Chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News (Fall 2007)

Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Spring 2007)
David Sanger, White House Correspondent for The New York Times (Fall 2006)

The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski, U.S. Senator from Maryland (Spring 2006)
Dan Rather, Former Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News (Fall 2005)

If you have any questions about the President's Forum or speaker suggestions, please contact Shelly Hillebrand in the President's Office at