President's Forum at Goucher College

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. 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


John C. Inglis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency (Spring 2014)


Reform v. Rights: Gun Violence in America — a panel featuring Colleen Barry, associate professor and associate chair for research and practice, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Josh Horwitz, executive director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; Jeffrey Swanson, professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University School of Medicine; and Gayle Trotter, general counsel, Independent Women's Forum, and a conservative writer and political commentator. (Spring 2013)

Jon Huntsman, former presidential candidate, former governor of Utah and former U.S. ambassador to China(Fall 2012)


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 Chris Stewart in the President's Office at