Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Suite 3000
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-2190

A room full of seated people, listening to a lecture.

Varner Vitality Lecture Series

The Varner Vitality Lecture Series is named in honor of Oakland’s first chancellor, Durward “Woody” Varner. The series aims to energize and sustain the highest academic and scholarly aspirations of the University community. This lecture is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs. Previous speakers include Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India; Dr. Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State; Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist; Bill Nye, scientist, author and TV host; Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author; and most recently, Lech Walesa, former President of Poland. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the series, please call (248) 370-2190.

About the Speaker

2022 Varner Vitality Speaker TBD

Past Speakers
2003J. Craig Venter
2006Susan Love
2008Madeline Albright
2009A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
2011Thomas Friedman
2012Steven Pinker
2013Jane Goodall
2014Daniel J. Levitin
2015Morten Lauridsen
2016Bill Nye
2017Doris Kearns Goodwin
2019Alan Weisman
2019Lech Walesa