Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series


The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series at Midland College

In May 1996, Steve Davidson and Susan Davidson McClenahan of the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation announced the endowment of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series. Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich, and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public. 

The series began with a lecture by David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning historial and author, on March 6, 1997, and this lecture also inaugurated the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Midland College. The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents, twice a year, speakers whose academic accomplishments, civic leadership and/or public achievements will interest, enrich and enlighten Midland students and citizens. To accommodate as many students and community members as possible, the lectures are held on the Midland College campus.

 The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series 


Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Practicing Neurosurgeon and award winning medical correspondent for CNN

Dr  Sanjay Gupta WWSG High Res

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 
7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN's reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN's shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on  a range of medical and scientific topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Dr. Gupta is the host of Vital Signs for CNN International and Accent Health for Turner Private Networks. 

In 2011, Gupta reported from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan, adding clarity and context to the human impact and radiation concerns. In 2010, Gupta reported on the devastating earthquake in Haiti, for which he was awarded two Emmy®s. His distinctive reporting in 2010 also included live coverage on the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan. 

Gupta joined CNN in the summer of 2001. He reported from New York following the attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. In 2003, he embedded with the U.S. Navy's "Devil Docs" medical unit, reporting from Iraq and Kuwait as the unit traveled to Baghdad. He provided live coverage of the first operation performed during the war, and performed life-saving brain surgery five times himself in a desert operating room. In 2009, he embedded with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne, accompanying them on life-saving rescue missions in Afghanistan. 

Gupta contributed to the network's 2010 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2006, Gupta contributed to CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, revealing that official reports that Charity Hospital in New Orleans had been evacuated were incorrect. His "Charity Hospital" coverage for Anderson Cooper 360° resulted in his 2006 News & Documentary Emmy® for Outstanding Feature Story. In 2004, Gupta was sent to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami disaster that took more than 150,000 lives in Southeast Asia, contributing to the 2005 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for CNN. In 2015, Gupra was again awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for his enterprise reporting showcased in the two hour primetime documentary "WEED."

Gupta's passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch "Fit Nation," CNN's multi-platform anti-obesity initiative. In 2009, "Fit Nation" followed the progress of Gupta and six CNN viewers as they inspired each other while training for a triathlon. The program is now in its sixth year. 
In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory University and Grady hospitals. He holds memberships in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery and a certified medical investigator. 

Before joining CNN, Gupta completed neurosurgical fellowship at the Semmes Murphey Clinic and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In 1997, he was selected as a White House Fellow, serving as a special advisor to First Lady Hillary Clinton. 

Gupta contributes to the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, Chasing Life (2007), Cheating Death (2009) and Monday Mornings (2012).
In 2003, Gupta was named one of PEOPLE magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" and a "pop culture icon" by USA Today. That same year, he also won the Humanitarian Award from the National Press Photographers Association. In 2004, the Atlanta Press Club named him "Journalist of the Year" and in 2009, he won both the first Health Communications Achievement Award from the American Medical Association's Medical Communications Conference and the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). In 2010, Gupta was honored by John F. Kennedy University with its Laureate Award for leaders in health and wellness.In 2011, Forbes magazine named him as one of the "Ten Most Influential Celebrities." 

Gupta received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate of medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. 


Past Davidson Distinguished Lectures (1997-Present)
Blake Mycoskie Stephen Dubner Bill Nye James Lovell
Dr. Jane Goodall Ed Viesturs Dr. Michio Kaku Vicente and Marta Fox, with Ruben Navarette
Dr. Spencer Wells Celia Sandys Fareed Zakaria Doris Kearns Goodwin
Thomas Cahill E. O. Wilson Dr. Steven Pinker Col. Eileen Collins
Richard Smith Michael Beschloss Ken Burns Bill Bryson
Dr. Richard Leakey H. W. Brands John Updike Jared Diamond
Dr. Michael Barenbaum Sandra Day O'Connor David Brooks Ben Stein
Anna Deavere Smith Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson Alvah Simon Lee Cullum
Bill Moyers Shelby Foote Dr. Kevin Ryan Ken Burns
Mark Russell James Burke Lynn Ashby Prudence McKenzie
Richard Rodriguez David McCullogh    

Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series Committee


Kathy Robbins - Chair Michael Makowsky
Rebecca Bell Katy Morrow
Kathy Fletcher Luke Musselman
Dr. Sonia Ford Fred Newman
Dr. Pamela Howell  
James Hunnicut, Esq.  



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