Established in 1967, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium is a student-run lecture series at the Johns Hopkins University. Our mission is to deliver world-class speakers to the university and its surrounding community. Having earned a reputation as a forum for the free exchange of ideas, we invite speakers whose analysis of important issues is fresh, incisive, and at times unsettling. All events are free and open to the public, taking place in Shriver Hall on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Milton S. Eisenhower 

Milton S. Eisenhower was the President of Johns Hopkins University from 1956-1967 and again from 1971-1972. In addition to his leadership in education, which included holding the presidencies of Iowa State University and Penn State prior to Johns Hopkins, he  served as an adviser to eight presidents of the United States, including his brother, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, chaired a number of significant presidential commissions, and was a member of numerous corporate and philanthropic boards. He died on May 2, 1985 in Baltimore. 

Staff Role

The Symposium is run entirely by undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University. It is the university’s premier event for the fall semester, bringing public servants, private visionaries, intellectuals, and entertainers to Hopkins’ Homewood campus. The Chairs are responsible for choosing a theme; securing speakers; raising necessary funds; recruiting other student volunteers; and publicizing the series.


We will not be holding our fall 2017 Symposium in our normal Shriver Hall location. Shriver Hall will be closed to all events during this semester due to planned renovations. We are thrilled that the auditorium will be updated with new on-stage lighting, upgraded seating, and a new sounds system that will be used for future symposiums. For this upcoming semester, however, we will be hosting our speakers at a variety of venues, primarily on the Homewood campus. This change in location will not affect the ability of the undergraduates and the surrounding Baltimore and DC communities from attending our lectures. We can’t wait for you all to join us in the fall!

Photo by Michael Z. Wang

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