The Lehman Lecture is a tradition at Lehman College – an opportunity for the community to honor the legacy of Herbert H. Lehman, former New York Governor, Senator, and statesman. He was widely admired as a dedicated public servant and passionate advocate for the poor and downtrodden, seeking to expand the rights and opportunities for all Americans, regardless of gender, race, or creed.
Previous speakers have included George McGovern, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Albert Gore Sr., Geraldine Ferraro, George Mitchell, Jill Abramson, and many more. Most recently the 47th Lehman Lecture was delivered by Ban Ki-Moon, The Secretary-General, United Nations. Visit the Herbert H. Lehman Lecture page for a complete list of Lehman Lectures 1970-2016.
2017 Lehman Lecture
Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative of New York's 13th Congressional District - 48th Annual Lecture - "Fighting for the America I Know!"
2016 Lehman Lecture
Ban Ki-Moon, The Secretary-General, United Nations - 47th Annual Lecture -"From Turmoil to Opportunity: The United Nations in a Changing Global Landscape"
2015 Lehman Lecture
Francisco Marmolejo, Lead Tertiary Education Specialist, World Bank - 46th Annual Lecture -" Towards a Renewed Role for Higher Education in a Rapidly Changing World: Are We Ready?"
2014 Lehman Lecture
Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown Center on Education and the U.S. Workforce - 45th Annual Lecture -"Changes in the American Workforce and What they Mean in for the Furture of Higher Edcation”.
2013 Lehman Lecture
Dr. E. Arthur Levine, Former President of Columbia University Teachers Colllege; President of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship - 44th Annual Lecture - " Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student"
2012 Lehman Lecture
Esmeralda Santiago, Author of critically acclaimed books including When I was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and Conquistadora - 43rd Annual Lecture