Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series

The Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series will offer thought-provoking speakers to the campuses of Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities. The Stevenson Board has selected two speakers :

  • Theresa Payton, one of the nation's leading experts in cyber security and IT strategy
  • and  Dr. Vandana Shiva, environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate

Payton will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Concert Hall on the Illinois State University campus. The title of her remarks is “Hype or Reality? Your Workplace and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & the Internet of Things.She will hold a Q&A session with IWU and ISU students at 3:00 p.m. that day in the Hansen Student Center on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus.  

Payton is one of the top cyber security and intelligence operations experts that people and companies turn to regarding efforts to strengthen their privacy and cyber security. The first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer, Payton oversaw IT operations for the president and his staff from 2006 to 2008. Previously, she held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Currently, she serves as president and CEO of a cyber security consulting company, Fortalice Solutions, LLC and co-Founder of Dark3, a cyber security product company. 

Dr. Shiva will speak on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Student Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. The title of her remarks is “The Future of Food.” She will hold a Q&A session for IWU and ISU students at 3:00 p.m. on the Illinois State campus.  

Dr. Shiva trained as a physicist at the University of Punjab, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 1978. She later shifted to interdisciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.

Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Her books The Violence of the Green Revolution and Monocultures of the Mind pose essential challenges to the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable, industrial agriculture.  Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual inquiry with courageous activism, and her work spans teaching at universities worldwide to working with peasants in rural India. Time Magazine identified her as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the "Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe."  

The Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series was established by a group of local civic leaders to honor the legacy of Bloomington native Adlai E. Stevenson II, former Illinois Governor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, after his passing in 1965. The events are co-hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University.