Suffolk University’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars (DVS) program allows faculty members to arrange for an expert in an intriguing field to visit several classes and produce a public event over the course of 2 – 5 days. The DVS program accepts only speakers with the experiential and academic background to impart wisdom across several disciplines.

Year after year, Distinguished Visiting Scholars enhance the intellectual vitality of the entire college community through their public lectures, workshops, performances, panel discussions, film screenings, and art exhibits.

If you would like further information about DVS, please contact Jennifer Bonardi, the CAS Director of Events.

Current Scholars

Distinguished Visiting Scholars 2014-2015

Norah Dooley, competitive storyteller, critically acclaimed children’s author, and co-founder of massmouth

Eileen Angelini, scholar specializing in the intersection of national (Canadian) identity, global/regional economics, and international development

Edward Webster, mountaineer, author, and filmmaker on Mount Everest and climber George Mallory

Kristin Beck, first known transgender U.S. Navy SEAL

David Ferry, prize-winning American poet

Karen Thorsen & Douglas K. Dempsey, documentary filmmakers

Maxine Hong Kingston, award-winning author who draws on her family’s background as Chinese immigrants in the United States

Past Visiting Scholars

Past Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Since 2004, the College of Arts & Sciences has welcomed a wide range of prominent scholars to campus.

  • Economy & Journalism

    James Bamford, Suffolk alumnus, investigative journalist, and author, specializing in national security and intelligence

    Patrick Bond, political economist and director of the Centre for Civil Society

    Ed Drew, first photographer since the 19th century to use the wet plate process to produce tintype photographs of Americans in war

    Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution and nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services

    Paul Polak, founder of International Development Enterprises, dedicated to developing practical solutions to eradicating poverty

    Jeff Rosen, legal affairs editor for The New Republic, and contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and National Public Radio

    Hedrick Smith, reporter and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The RussiansThe Power Game, and Who Stole the American Dream?

  • Film & Music

    Emilio Aragon, award-winning writer, director, producer, and composer from Spain who not only is a Suffolk alumnus, but also composed the university alma mater

    Charles Burnett, MacArthur award-winning American filmmaker

    Derek Burrows, award-winning storyteller, musician, and filmmaker

    Sami Shalom Chetrit, provocative scholar, poet, and filmmaker

    Frank Christopher, award-winning film producer, director, writer, and editor

    Faye Family Drummers, master musicians and cultural ambassadors from Senegal

    Flamenco Conservatory Foundation, Casa Patas, supports the teaching, research and promotion of flamenco in all its art forms: song, guitar playing, and dance

    David Hoberman, leading producer in the entertainment industry, whose movies include The Shaggy DogRaising HelenThe Other Sister, and Cocktail

  • International Work & Human Rights

    Emilio Aragon, award-winning writer, director, producer, and composer from Spain who not only is a Suffolk alumnus, but also composed the university alma mater

    Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Iranian lawyer, and human rights activist

    Faye Family Drummers, master musicians and cultural ambassadors from Senegal

    Emil Kirchner, international leader in the research and teaching of European and German politics

    Smadar Lavie, Israeli anthropologist, professor, and author, specializing in Middle-Eastern politics, feminism, and society

    Ibrahim Miari, playwright and performer whose one-man show In Between explores his multi-facted Israeli/Palestinian identity.

    Gabriela Shalev, first woman in Israel to serve as their Ambassador to the United Nations

  • Literature & Poetry

    Sami Shalom Chetrit, provocative scholar, poet, and filmmaker

    John F. Deane, renowned Irish poet, writer, and translator

    David Ferry, prize-winning American poet

    Lori Ginzberg, noted scholar and author of several books on 19th century women's intellectual lives and political identities

    Edward P. JonesNew York Times bestselling author

    Maxine Hong Kingston, award-winning author who draws on her family’s background as Chinese immigrants in the United States

    Ibrahim Miari, playwright and performer whose one-man show In Between explores his multi-facted Israeli/Palestinian identity.

    Judy Norsigian, executive director and founder of the Boston Women's Book Collaborative, popularly known as Our Bodies Ourselves, and co-author of all editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves

    Hugo Salcedo, award-winning Mexican playwright, poet, essayist, critic, and theatre director

    Kim Stafford, author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, and the director of the Northwest Writing Institute and the William Stafford Center at Lewis & Clark College

  • Performance Art & Athletics

    Derek Burrows, award-winning storyteller, musician, and filmmaker

    Flamenco Conservatory Foundation, Casa Patas, supports the teaching, research and promotion of flamenco in all its art forms: song, guitar playing, and dance

    Ibrahim Miari, playwright and performer whose one-man show In Between explores his multi-facted Israeli/Palestinian identity

    Hugo Salcedo, award-winning Mexican playwright, poet, essayist, critic, and theatre director 

  • Politics, History, & Law

    James Bamford, Suffolk alumnus, investigative journalist, and author, specializing in national security and intelligence

    Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court

    Ed Drew, first photographer since the 19th century to use the wet plate process to produce tintype photographs of Americans in war

    Charles Fried, former associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

    Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution and nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services

    Emil Kirchner, international leader in the research and teaching of European and German politics

    Smadar Lavie, Israeli anthropologist, professor, and author, specializing in Middle-Eastern politics, feminism, and society

    Jennifer Lees-Marshment, leading expert in political marketing and senior lecturer in political studies at the University of Auckland

    Jeff Rosen, legal affairs editor for The New Republic, and contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and National Public Radio

    Gabriela Shalev, first woman in Israel to serve as their Ambassador to the United Nations

    Roger Smith, expert on constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory

    Hanes Walton Jr., leading scholar and author on African American politics, presidential elections, and public policy

    Howard Zinn, celebrated historian, author, and social activist

  • Science

    Byllye Avery, founder and president of the Avery Institute for Social Change and founder of the National Black Women’s Health Project

    Frances Moore Lappé, award-winning social and environmental activist and author

    Beatrice Lazzerini, leading international scholar on computational intelligence, concentrating in fuzzy systems, neural networks, and evolutionary computation

    Christiane Lemke, professor of political science at Hannover University in Hannover, Germany

    Lynn Margulis, Distinguished University Professor at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and renowned evolutionary biologist

  • Women, Race, & Youth

    Byllye Avery, founder and president of the Avery Institute for Social Change and founder of the National Black Women’s Health Project

    Lori Ginzberg, noted scholar and author of several books on 19th century women's intellectual lives and political identities

    Paul Griffin, founder and president of the Possibility Project, specializing in youth development and the arts

    Smadar Lavie, Israeli anthropologist, professor, and author, specializing in Middle-Eastern politics, feminism, and society

    Judy Norsigian, executive director and founder of the Boston Women's Book Collaborative, popularly known as Our Bodies Ourselves, and co-author of all editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves

    Vivian W. Pinn, director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health of the National Institutes of Health

    Viola Vaughn, founder and executive director of the Women's Health Education and Prevention Strategies Alliance and "10,000 Girls" in Senegal

    Hanes Walton Jr., leading scholar and author on African American politics, presidential elections, and public policy

Scholars in Residence

Distinguished Scholars in Residence

Robert Brustein, founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theatres

James Carroll, award-winning author and Boston Globe columnist