Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series Feature Presenters

Jamie T Jamie Tworkowski, Founder of To Write Love on Her Arms
2013-2014 Featured Lecture

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) was started by Jamie Tworkowski for one reason: to help a friend. TWLOHA is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA began in 2006 when Tworkowski posted a blog on MySpace and began selling t-shirts as a way to pay for his friend's treatment. Sparked by the support of bands such as Switchfoot and Paramore, the t-shirts quickly became something of a phenomenon within the music realm. TWLOHA now has the largest online audience of any non-profit on MySpace and Facebook and has invested nearly $1 million directly to treatment and recovery.

Alton Brown Alton Brown, Food Network Star
2012-2013 Featured Lecture 
Alton Brown, has always been a culinary talent. He trained at the New England Culinary institute in Vermont. Soon after, Brown created, produced and starred in Food Network's hit show Good Eats, a smart and entertaining food show that blends wit, history, pop culture, science and common cooking sense. Brown has written several award winning cookbooks. He is most recognized by his reprised role as the resident food historian, scientist and commentator for Food Network’s new series Iron Chef America.

Ethan Zohn Ethan Zohn, Survivor winner and activist
2011-2012 Featured Lecture 
In his keynote, Ethan begins with the question, “What would you do if you won a million dollars?” It’s a thought-provoking question that became a reality for the former professional soccer player and coach. After he won $1-million on “Survivor: Africa,” Ethan followed his gut and invested his winnings in something much bigger than himself – a non-profit organization called “Grassroot Soccer,” which promotes HIV and AIDS prevention education to Africa’s youth.

Lisa Ling Lisa Ling, acclaimed journalist
2010-2011 Featured Lecture
As the field correspondent for the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and former contributor to ABC News' “Nightline” and National Geographic’s “Explorer,” Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries; covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are often ignored.

Dr. Drew Pinsky Dr. Drew Pinsky, celebrity health and wellness expert
2009-2010 Featured Lecture
Millions know him as the host of the nationally syndicated radio call-in program “Loveline” and star of the VH1 show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” But Pinsky is much more than just a television star – he is a practicing medical doctor and is board-certified in addiction medicine. 

Jeff Corwin Jeff Corwin
2008-2009 Featured Lecture
In this highly entertaining and interactive program, Emmy winner Jeff Corwin shares his passion for environmental conservation in an educational, yet fun, format. Featuring live animals, Corwin will interact with audience members while discussing the unique challenges each species faces in the wild.

  Danny Glover Danny Glover
2007-2008 Featured Lecture
In discussing the importance of arts in education, Glover and Justice examine the intersections of art, culture and activism. Using examples from their lives and some of the great works of literature, both men bring to life their devotion to the education of young people and the inspiration of the next generation of leaders in the world.

  Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
2006-2007 Featured Lecture
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn more than 125 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.


Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
2005-2006 Featured Lecture
In her lecture, Pipher combines her training in psychology and anthropology to discuss her special interest of how American culture influences the mental health of its people. Pipher travels world-wide sharing her ideas and expertise with community groups, schools and healthcare professionals. Her down-to-earth stories of hope and resilience inspire people to work together to build a better community.


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