Voices and Visions Speaker Series

Previous Speakers

In spring 2007, Saint Xavier University began the SXU Voices and Visions Speaker Series as part of the school's yearlong 160th anniversary celebration of education, faith and service. The series is dedicated to bringing respected public figures and the highest level of discourse to the Chicago area.

Donna BrazileMary Matalin November 1, 2012: Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin spoke to more than 1,000 people fives day before the Presidential election. During the moderated discussion they focused on the 2012 election, the economy and more.
Robert Gibbs October 20, 2011Robert Gibbs spoke to nearly 1,000 people about his perspective on the economic crisis, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the changing media landscape, and the 2012 presidential race.  Gibbs also discussed America's recent foreign policy successes, offering special insight on the Arab Spring on the very day former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed.


October 21, 2010Cokie Roberts drew more than 1,100 people to the Saint Xavier University Shannon Center as she discussed issues currently facing lawmakers in her lecture "An Insider's View of Washington, D.C."
Kofi Annan September 17, 2009: Kofi Annan spoke to more than 1,000 people on the nature of international diplomacy and the need for multilateral approaches in solving problems.
James Carville and Mary Matalin October 30, 2008James Carville and Mary Matalin thrilled more than 2,600 spectators just days before the November presidential election. America's favorite bipartisan political couple had the packed house roaring at anecdotes from both their family life and their storied careers with the Democratic and Republican national candidates.
Elie Wiesel September 25, 2008Elie Wiesel captivated more than 3,200 people as they listened to him recount his experiences as a prisoner of World War II Nazi concentration camps, and how his life and work were ultimately affected.
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) September 19, 2007General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), shared his extensive experience confronting the challenges of the 21st century in his speech "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values."
Madeleine K. Albright April 10, 2007Madeleine K. Albright delighted audience members with anecdotes and thoughts from her career leading up to serving as the first female U.S. Secretary of State. She also offered her own personal observations on topics ranging from Iraq to the next presidential election before answering questions from the audience.