Eve Marie Carson Lecture Series

Former Student Body President Eve Carson started the Distinguished Speakers Series of Student Government in 2007 to be a student run and student selected lecture series.  Eve strongly believed in Carolina students, saying, “it’s us — the student body — who make UNC what it is.” She felt that speakers strengthen the values of the student body and equip the students of our university to better serve their communities and the world.

The Distinguished Speakers Series was renamed the Eve Marie Carson Lecture Series in honor of Carson’s legacy. The values set forth for speakers in the series are those to which we, members of the Carolina community, aspire: a strong ability to lead ourselves and others, a commitment to public service, and a proven ability to enact real, positive change in a community.

The Eve Marie Carson Lecture Series was established by UNC Student Government, and the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council became its presenting sponsor in 2010.

Eve Carson 2007, Student Body President UNC-Chapel Hill

Past Speakers

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Year Speaker
2022 Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of award-winning NYC tap dance company, Dorrance Dance
2021 Karen Parker '65, Award winning journalist and first African American female graduate of Carolina
2020 Tim Sullivan '85, Former CEO of Ancestry.com and Match.com
2019 John Grisham, award winning author of The Reckoning
2018 Kathy Izard, author of The Hundred Story Home and advocate for the homeless
2016 Rye Barcott ’01, founder of Carolina for Kibera
2015 Frank Bruni ’86, The New York Times columnist and best-selling author
2014 Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology, author of Love 2.0
2013 Ping Fu, Chief Strategic Officer of 3D Systems, Inc. and founder of Geomagic
2012 Jonathan T.M. Reckford ’84, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International
2011 Robert Gibbs, former White House spokesman
2010 Mika Brzezinski, journalist and co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC