The Ford Lecture Series addresses contemporary and cutting-edge scientific topics while encouraging students and the public to become more conversant with the relevance of science in our everyday lives. The series is made possible through the generous support of a Saint John's alumnus who wanted to honor one of his favorite and most inspiring professors, Dr. Norman Ford, CSB/SJU professor emeritus of biology.


Submissions from 2018


(Presentation) The Ethics of Scientific Communication and the Challenges to Public Education About Climate Change: A Minnesota Perspective, Mark Seeley

Submissions from 2016


(Presentation) Lethal Autonomous Robots and the Plight of the Noncombatant, Ronald Arkin

Submissions from 2015


(Presentation) Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century: A New World Order, Michael Osterholm