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Distinguished Voices Lecture Series

UNF is proud to partner with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville to bring distinguished speakers to our campus. 
If you have any questions about the lecture series, please contact Lauren Giliberto at or (904) 620-4334. 
For information about other campus events, please search in the online calendar of events.

2022-2023 Schedule

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Malcolm Turnbull

Former Prime Minister of Australia

2015 - 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

"China: The Asia-Pacific Struggle for Control" 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
7:00 PM EST at the UNF Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall

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Malcolm Turnbull’s career spans journalism, law, business and politics. Malcolm was born in 1954 and grew up in Sydney, Australia. While studying at Sydney University, Malcolm worked as a journalist and continued doing so when he studied at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. It was during that time at Oxford that Malcolm met and was hired by Harold Evans, the editor of London’s Sunday Times newspaper. After his time at Oxford, Malcolm returned to Australia and practiced law where he quickly established a reputation as an effective advocate, most notably when he successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government, in the “Spycatcher” trial. 

Malcolm established an investment banking firm in 1987 and during that time specialized in the media and technology sectors. He worked with some of the leading media moguls of the time including Rupert Murdoch, Kerry Packer, Conrad Black and Bob Maxwell and at the same time established a number of new businesses of his own. He co-founded the first big Australian Internet company, OzEmail Ltd, listing it on the NASDAQ in 1996. Malcolm joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 becoming a partner of the firm the following year and headed their Australian business for four years until he retired to pursue a political career. He entered the House of Representatives in 2004 and during that time served as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Minister for Communications and from 2015 to 2018, Prime Minister.

During his time as Prime Minister, Malcolm delivered strong economic growth, record jobs growth and at the same time reduced both corporate and personal income taxes. In terms of social policy, his Government legalized same-sex marriage and reformed federal school funding to be fair, consistent and needs-based across the nation and across school sectors. Throughout his political career, Malcolm has been a strong environmental advocate. He radically reformed the way the Australian federal Government deals with states and cities, establishing a series of City Deals where the three levels of Government agree on common goals and then work together to realize them. 


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Lynn Novick and Ken Burns

"The U.S. and the Holocaust: Lessons for Today’s Challenges" 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
7:00 pm EST at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Monday, October 3, 2022

Lynn Novick (left) - Documentary Director and Producer

Lynn Novick, co-director and producer of The U.S. and the Holocaust, has been making landmark documentary films about American life and culture, history, politics, sports, art, architecture, literature, and music for more than 30 years. She has created nearly 100 hours of acclaimed programming for PBS in collaboration with Ken Burns, including Ernest Hemingway, The Vietnam War, Baseball, Jazz, Frank Lloyd Wright, The War, and Prohibition -- these landmark series have garnered 19 Emmy nominations. One of the most respected documentary filmmakers and storytellers in America, Novick herself has received Emmy, Peabody and Alfred I. duPont Columbia Awards.

College Behind Bars, Novick’s debut as solo director, premiered at the New York Film Festival and aired on PBS in 2019. Novick’s next project as solo director and writer is a multi-part PBS series on the history of crime and punishment in America, slated for release in 2026. Following The U.S. and the Holocaust, she is collaborating with Burns, Botstein and writer Geoffrey C. Ward on a six-hour series on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale with honors in American Studies and lives in New York City. 

Ken Burns (right) - Documentary Director and Producer

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Jackie Robinson; The Vietnam War; and Country Music.

Future film projects include The U.S. and the Holocaust, The American Buffalo, Leonardo da Vinci, The American Revolution, Emancipation to Exodus, and LBJ & the Great Society, among others. Ken’s films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including sixteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.