Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Sheryl WuDunn Opens the 2011-12 Seaver Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

October 25, 2011  | 1 min read

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, opened the 2011–12 W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series on September 21 with a discussion of her best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

W. David Baird—Dean Emeritus of Seaver College, Howard A. White Professor of History, and namesake of this series—led the second presentation this year, hosting a panel discussion October 6 on “Pepperdine at 75,” in commemoration of the University’s 75th anniversary. Baird is currently authoring a book on the history of Pepperdine.

Journalist, social critic, lecturer, and novelist Earl Shorris took the podium the following week on the topic “The Moral Life of Downtown: Bringing the Humanities to the Poor.” Shorris is founder and chair of the advisory board of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a college-level course in the humanities for people living in poverty.

Throughout its history, the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series has drawn scholars and public figures from many disciplines, including Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009), and best-selling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi. Author and actress Donzaleigh Abernathy, environmental scientist Chris Field, and neuroscientist Antonio Damasio rounded out the lineup of speakers last year.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of Melanie and Richard Flamminio. All of the lectures are available in the series’ streaming video archives.

Read more on the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series website »