Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series

Bringing world thought leaders to NDSU.

Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series

The Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series hosts world thought leaders to share their ideas with the NDSU community on big questions that explore ways to improve the human condition and create economic opportunity. The Distinguished Speaker Series is made possible thanks to a generous gift by the Menard family. 

These events are free and open to the public. We encourage all to join us at the Louise S. Barry Auditorium at Richard H. Barry Hall.

Upcoming Speakers

Our 2022-2023 event schedule will be released soon. 



Past Distinguished Speakers
  • Vernon Smith, Ph.D., recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002
  • Liz Ann Sonders, managing director and chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab
  • Jason Riley, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and columnist for the Wall Street Journal
  • Tyler VanderWeele, Ph.D., director of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University
  • Alice Marie Johnson, former federal inmate and founder of the Taking Action for Good Foundation
  • Emily Oster, Ph.D., author and professor of economics at Brown University
  • Robert Koopman, Ph.D., chief economist at the World Trade Organization
  • Ambassador Susan Schwab, former U.S. Trade Representative from 2006-2009
  • Emily Chamlee Wright, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies
  • J.D. Vance, author of the best-seller Hillbilly Elegy
  • Edward Glaeser, Ph.D., professor of economics at Harvard University
  • Arthur Brooks, Ph.D., author and professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Johan Norberg, author and documentary filmmaker
  • John Allison, former chairman and CEO of BB& T Corp. 



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