The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship was created to bring distinguished scholars, teachers, and practitioners to Goucher's campus to advance local and national dialogues on pressing issues of our time. The theme of the Meyerhoff lecture series through 2011 was environmental science, and now is current affairs and politics.

Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship Speakers:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of The Beautiful Struggle, senior editor and essayist for The Atlantic (Spring 2015)
Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Spring 2015)
Colin L. Powell, retired general and former U.S. secretary of state (Spring 2015)

Stanley McChrystal, retired General and former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan (Spring 2014)
Frank Bruni, New York Times op-ed columnist (Fall 2013)

Nicholas D. Kristof, journalist, author, New York Times op-ed columnist, and Pulitzer Prize-winner (Spring 2013)
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and political commentator (Fall 2012)

David Brooks, author and New York Times columnist (Spring 2012)
Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey (Fall 2011)

Jean-Michel and Celine Cousteau (Spring 2011)
Jane Goodall, British primatologist, ethnologist, anthropologist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace (Fall 2010)

Michael Pollan, author, journalist, activist, and well-known critic of the global industrial food complex (Spring 2010)
Robert Kennedy, environmental activist and attorney (Fall 2009)

Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (Spring 2009)
Tom Friedman, three time Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and author (Fall 2008)

If you have any questions about The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship Series or speaker suggestions, please contact Lillian Johnson in the President's Office at