Through a gift to Drake nearly 30 years ago, Martin and Melva Bucksbaum launched their vision for sparking community discussion about the most poignant issues of our time. Over the years, their lectureship series has included world-renowned speakers, Maya Angelou, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Bob Woodward, and many other inspiring voices. Thanks to an additional gift from Melva Bucksbaum and Mary Bucksbaum, the well-established lecture series expanded to launch the Inaugural Bucksbaum Lectureship in Business in 2023.
“These lectures have given me a chance to listen to professionals within and outside of my field of interest.”
“I have been fortunate enough to attend the Drake Bucksbaum lectures with my family when I was a kid, and now, as a college student, I get to enjoy it with my friends. The Martin Bucksbaum Lectureship Series offers a unique opportunity to hear diverse perspectives from experts that we may not have a chance to hear from otherwise. This experience has been invaluable for me and many others who have attended.”
—Keira Coady, International Relations/Public Relations major, Chinese minor | Class of 2025