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The MUSE Theme Year: Past Speakers

Each year, MUSE invites national guests to the University of Utah to keynote the MUSE Theme Year. Click on the photos below for details about our past guests. 

2020-21: RESILIENCE

Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen 

Athlete, adventurer, and author of Dare to Do: Taking on the Planet by Bike and Boat

 

2019-20: VISION


Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi

Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin

Vasarhelyi: Director
Chin: Director, photographer, and climber

 

2018-19: PURPOSE


Vice President Joe Biden

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

47th Vice President of the United States and author of Promise Me, Dad

 

2017-18: EMPOWERMENT

 

Dr. Knatokie Ford

Knatokie Ford

Biomedical scientist and Senior Science Advisor in the Obama Administration

2017-18: EMPOWERMENT

 

Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly

Author of Hidden Figures

2017-18: EMPOWERMENT

 

Dr. Ellen Stofan

Ellen Stofan

Director of the National Air and Space Museum and former NASA Chief Scientist

 2016-17: OPTIMISM


Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton

Creator of Humans of New York

2015-16: COMMUNITY


Congressman John Lewis

John Lewis

Congressman from Georgia's 5th District, Civil Rights icon, and author of March trilogy

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 2019-20: VISION


Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi

Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin 

Vasarhelyi: Director
Chin: Director, photographer, and climber

2018-19: PURPOSE


Vice President Joe Biden

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

47th Vice President of the United States and author of Promise Me, Dad

2017-18: EMPOWERMENT


Dr. Knatokie Ford

Knatokie Ford

Biomedical scientist and Senior Science Advisor in the Obama Administration


  

 2017-18: EMPOWERMENT


Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly

Author of Hidden Figures

 2017-18: EMPOWERMENT


Dr. Ellen Stofan

Ellen Stofan

Director of the National Air and Space Museum and former NASA Chief Scientist

 2016-17: OPTIMISM


Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton

Creator of Humans of New York

  


 

 2015-16: COMMUNITY


Congressman John Lewis

John Lewis

Congressman from Georgia's 5th District, Civil Rights icon, and author of March trilogy

 

 2014-15: JUSTICE


SCJ Sonia Sotomayor

 Sonia Sotomayor

U.S. Supreme Court Justice and author of My Beloved World

 2013-14: CITIZENSHIP


Wes Moore

Wes Moore

Entrepreneur, combat veteran, and author of The Other Wes Moore

Last Updated: 5/28/21