Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series


The Orkand Chair Distinguished Lectures feature nationally and internationally known speakers on topics of broad interest to the UMUC community. The first lecture was held during the Spring 2009 semester.

You can learn more about our lectures below.

Spring 2014

The Future of Higher Education

Dr. John Cavanaugh, president and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and former chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, spoke on the future of higher education at UMUC on March 20, 2014. Following the lecture, Dr. Brit Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, moderated a panel discussion. Panelists included Dr. Candace Thille, director of the Open Learning Initiative, a research fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning, and assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Mark Milliron, cofounder and chief learning officer of the student success and analytics innovator Civitas Learning; and Mr. Hal Plotkin, senior policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, which has responsibility for all federal higher education policies and programs.


Fall 2010

"Digital Dependence: Cybersecurity in the 21st Century"

Presented by Melissa E. Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC, and a senior advisor at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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Melissa E. HathawayThe fourth lecture of the Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series featured Melissa E. Hathaway, one of the world's leading authorities on cybersecurity policy. The event took place December 15, 2010 at the UMUC Inn and Conference.

Hathaway served in two presidential administrations, most recently in the Barack Obama administration as acting director for cyberspace on the National Security Council, and during the last two years of the George W. Bush administration as cyber coordination executive and director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Previously, Hathaway was a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., and earlier in her career worked with Evidence Based Research, Inc., and the American Foreign Service Association.

Today, as president of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC, Hathaway provides strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public- and private-sector clients. She is also a senior advisor at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a frequent keynote speaker on cybersecurity matters, regularly publishing papers and commentary in this field.

For more information, please e-mail events@umuc.edu or call 301-985-7363.
Seating is limited; reservation required.

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Spring 2010

"Advancing Web-Based Education: The Next Five Years and Beyond"

Presented by Vladimir L. Uskov, PhD, Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems and Co-director of the InterLabs Research Institute, Bradley University

Vladimir L. UskovThe Spring 2010 lecture, took place April 1 at the UMUC Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi, Maryland. Bradley University Professor Vladimir L. Uskov, PhD, discussed technology and instructional approaches for advanced Web-based education.

Uskov is one of the world’s leading authorities on Web-based and technology-enhanced education and e-learning. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, and various government institutions in several countries. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the international journal Advanced Technology for Learning from 2004 to 2008, and his work has appeared in more than 310 professional publications, including three textbooks, three book chapters, and 52 published articles in refereed journals in three different languages. A much sought-after speaker, Uskov was a keynote and invited presenter for multiple international conferences and professional meetings, including the e-Learning International Forum in Otsu, Japan; the Future- Learning international conference at Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey; the e-Learning-Russia international conference in Moscow, Russia; and the Learning and Communication Technology international conference in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.

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Fall 2009

"Education and the Internet"

Presented by Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton G. CerfThe Fall 2009 lecture, featuring Vinton G. Cerf, took place September 25, at the UMUC Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi, Maryland.

Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since 2005. He is responsible for identifying new technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. Cerf has received the U.S. National Medal of Technology, the ACM Alan M. Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Japan Prize. Cerf’s professional associations include the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet Society, IPv6 Forum, the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee and several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security.

Cerf holds a BS in Mathematics from Stanford University and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds numerous honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities worldwide.

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Spring 2009

"Content and Connections: New Opportunities for Formal Education"

Presented by Terry Anderson, PhD, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, Athabasca University—Canada’s Open University

Terry AndersonThe inaugural Orkand lecture was held February 19, 2009, at the UMUC Inn and Conference Center. It featured Terry Anderson, PhD, professor and Canada research chair in distance education at Athabasca University—Canada’s Open University.

As a prominent scholar in distance education, Anderson has published widely in the field and is a regular presenter at professional conferences. He also serves in many roles on provincial, national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.


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The Orkand Chair was endowed by Donald S. Orkand,
founder of the Orkand Corporation and chair of UMUC’s Board of Visitors.