About Us

Established in 1967, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium is a widely acclaimed lecture series sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University. The symposium is designed to present an issue of national importance to the university, as well as to the Baltimore and Washington communities. The symposium has established a reputation as a forum for the free exchange of ideas and analysis of issues at the forefront of the nation's conscience. All events are free and open to the public.

The Symposium is run entirely by undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. The co- chairs, selected each year by the school's student council, are responsible for choosing a theme, securing speakers, raising necessary funds, recruiting other student volunteers, and publicizing the series. The Symposium is the premiere university event for the fall semester as it attracts thousands of students and residents from the Baltimore/D.C. area.

The Symposium has a history of attracting some of the world's most prominent leaders, politicians, artists and scholars. Recent MSE Symposium speakers include:

  • Jason Alexander

  • Maya Angelou

  • Harry Belafonte

  • Carl Bernstein

  • Michael Bloomberg

  • Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

  • James Carville

  • Noam Chomsky

  • Tom Clancy

  • Wesley Clark

  • Ann Coliter

  • Howard Dean

  • Alan Dershowitz

  • Michael Dukakis

  • Ruth Faden

  • President Gerald R. Ford

  • Barney Frank

  • Newt Gingrich

  • Arun Gandhi

  • Malcolm Gladwell

  • Danny Glover

  • Lani Guinier

  • Seth Meyers

  • Lt. Dan Choi

  • Jeffrey Toobin

  • David Horowitz

  • Patricia Ireland

  • Jesse Jackson

  • Ed Koch

  • Greg Louganis

  • Nelson Mandela

  • Chris Matthews

  • Eugene McCarthy

  • Michael Moore

  • Dick Morris

  • Kwesi Mfume

  • Ralph Nader

  • Oliver North

  • Bill Nye

  • Antonin Scalia

  • Bill Schneider

  • Russell Simmons

  • Ben Stein

  • John Stossel

  • Nadine Strossen

  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer

  • Bob Woodward

  • Howard Zinn

  • Wendy Kopp

  • Jon Huntsman