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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. 

 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


Dr. Knatokie Ford

Knatokie Ford

Biomedical scientist and Senior Science Advisor in the Obama Administration



Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly

Author of Hidden Figures


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


Wes Moore

Wes Moore

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

Last Updated: 8/7/20