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Guest Speakers at SOC

SOC takes full advantage of its Washington location. Here are some of the professionals at the top of their fields who have visited its classrooms.

Katie Couric

Katie Couric Commencement 2014

“Get out there and show us how wonderful you are. Make a spark, burn bright, and light the way.”

Award-winning journalist and TV personality Katie Couric won cheers and applause from students, faculty and guests for her witty and inspiring address at the 2014 School of Communication commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, at AU. Couric received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Read more

Kevin Merida

Kevin Merida at School of Communication

ESPN's Kevin Merida Predicts Big Things for ‘The Undefeated’ 

ESPN's Kevin Merida visited SOC to talk race, sports, culture and The Undefeated. Read more

Anita Hill

SOC Anita Hill

Anita Hill Talks Confirmation 

Anita Hill, who played a major role in the events depicted in the much-anticipated HBO film Confirmation, is coming to AU. Read more

George Clooney

NIck and George Clooney with Bill Small at Reel Journalism Event held with SOC partner the Newseum

D.C.’s politics and film fans packed the Newseum where they were greeted by Hollywood star George Clooney at another sold-out Pennsylvania Avenue event. Clooney flew East at the request of his father, longtime broadcast journalist Nick Clooney, for a Reel Journalism Festival screening and discussion of Good Night and Good Luck. Read more

Martin Baron

Martin Baron, a news editor portrayed in the movie Spotlight, appeared at AU last week.

In the Spotlight 

At SOC event, Martin Baron talks about how his work became a movie. Read more

Maria Elena Salinas

María Elena Salinas talks with students in McKinley.

Voice of Hispanic America 

Veteran journalist María Elena Salinas talked Latino empowerment in McKinley. Read more

Mike McCurry

Former White House Pres Secretary Mike McCurry

Class Welcomes Former White House Press Secretary 

Mike McCurry talks to SOC class about working in the White House, presidential debates and more. Read more

Edward Norton

SOC Edward Norton 5

Edward Norton visited a packed house at American University to discuss his new film, “Stone,” and answer questions about his acting career.  Read more

Seth Goldman

Honest Tea CEO Seth Goldman spoke at American University's DC Startup Forum

Honest Tea co-founder, Seth Goldman, shared lessons and insights learned from building a mission-driven business in a profit driven world at SOC's DC Startup Forum. Read more

Jessica Yu

Academy Award Winner Jessica Yu came to AU to teach and screen her film Last Call at the Oasis.

American University recently hosted Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu who taught a Master’s Class to School of Communication MFA students and screened her documentary Last Call at the Oasis in the School’s new Forman Theater. Yu was on campus as a guest of SOC's Center for Media & Social Impact Visiting Filmmaker Series. Read more