Keynote Speaker
  • Josh-Radnor-ImageCapital University will welcome Josh Radnor, Bexley native and star of the Emmy-nominated television comedy How I Met Your Mother, as the keynote speaker at its annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship in 2015. Radnor’s address on Tuesday, April 7, will kick off the event, which occurs a week later on Wednesday, April 15. Both events are free and open to the public.

    In LiberalArtsAndMorePlease: An Evening with Josh Radnor, titled as a nod to his 2010 film HappyThankYouMorePlease, which he wrote, directed and starred in, Radnor will expand on the importance of a strong liberal arts education and its impact on his development as a television, film and Broadway artist.

    Radnor is the product of liberal arts education, having graduated from Bexley High School and attended Kenyon College. He won the Paul Newman Acting Trophy at Kenyon before going on to earn his M.F.A. in acting from N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to his well-known role on the small screen, Radnor has written, directed and starred in two feature films, performed on Broadway and written for outlets including The Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times. He recently returned to Broadway with a role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced.

    Past Symposium keynotes include:


    • 2014 David Pogue, Yahoo Tech Writer, Host on PBS’ NOVA 
    • 2013 Dr. Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics 
    • 2012 Dr. Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimes 
    • 2011 Joan Halifax Roshi, Buddhist teaching, anthropologist, and social activist 
    • 2010 Dr. Michael Shermer, author of Why People Believe Weird Things 
    • 2009 Ed Sarath, musician 
    • 2008 Dr. Joseph Ferrari, psychologist