Each semester, Odyssey Lectures feature a single speaker who will take students on an extended adventure over some new and unexpected intellectual terrain.
The Lecture Series
Past Odyssey lecturers include:
Heather Ann Thompson
Chris Blattman and Jessie Trudeau "Why Does Organized Crime Govern in Parts of Latin America"
Lurking behind a well-known fact—rapid urbanization in the developing world has left huge populations living in informal areas—lies a startling fact. Tens of millions of people live under some form of criminal governance. In this Odyssey Lecture, the PPE Center brings together two experts to discuss these issues to better understand conflict, peace, and crime in Latin America.
Jonathan Rauch Staying Real: The War on Truth—and How to Win It
Brown University hosted author Jonathan Rauch to discuss his book The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth in which he explains the goals and tactics of the war on truth. who’s behind it and how it works. In this lecture he reveals the inner workings and hidden strengths of our precious Constitution of Knowledge—and how to capitalize on them to fight back.
Dr. Heather Ann Thompson lecture on the Attica uprising of 1971
Brown University hosted author and historian, Dr. Heather Ann Thompson who has written extensively on policing, mass incarceration and the current criminal justice system. Watch from our video archive as she discusses her Pulitzer Prize-winning and Bancroft Prize-winning book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books, 2016).