Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series

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Making Positive Changes in the World
A co-presentation of the Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series and the Global Opportunities Conference
When: Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
What: Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business welcomes Indian child rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize 2014 laureate Kailash Satyarthi as the keynote speaker for a special co-presentation of the Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series and the Global Opportunities Conference. A reception will follow, and both lecture and reception are open to the public with no cost to attend. For more information, please visit

Additional Opportunities
: Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 p.m.
Where: I.G. Greer Theater 
What: The Price of Free
The Price of Free tells the story of human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, whose efforts have rescued 80,000 child factory workers in India

About Harlan Boyles

Harlan BoylesThe college's Distinguished Lecture Series began in the Spring of 1988 and is held each semester. In October 1991 the Series was dedicated to Treasurer Boyles in honor of his service to the State of North Carolina. An endowment fund was established at that time, with the assistance of former U.S. Senator James T. Broyhill, to permanently endow the series in Boyles' name.

Harlan E. Boyles (1929-2003) devoted his 49-year career to the citizens of the State of North Carolina. A native of Lincoln County, Boyles was elected to six four-year terms as State Treasurer and served under nine governors. His name was associated throughout the state and the nation with fiscal integrity, hard work and honesty.

Harlan Boyles was dedicated to education, and through his involvement with Appalachian State University and the Walker College of Business, he was able to share his experience, advice and wise counsel with hundreds of students and future business leaders. For eleven years, he came to campus to preside over the bi-annual Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series.

Not only did his association with the Walker College make a difference in many on-campus endeavors, but it also had a tremendous effect on the college’s fund-raising efforts. He was honored with three separate endowments in the college -- for the lecture series, student scholarships, and faculty support. These endowments will provide an impact on the college for years to come.

Nobel Peace Laureate (2014) Kailash Satyarthi


Founder, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation - Ending violence against children globally

Mr. Satyarthi has been a tireless advocate of children's rights for over three decades. In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

Mr. Satyarthi and the grassroots movement founded by him, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), have liberated more than 87,000 children from exploitation and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. He has been at the forefront of driving child related agendas into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has also highlighted the need of governments to prioritize the child related SDGs and put children first.

As a global campaigner for children's rights, Mr. Satyarthi founded the Global March Against Child Labour, the largest civil society network for the most exploited children. The march, conducted in 1998, traversed 80,000 kms across 103 countries, galvanized support which culminated in the unanimous adoption of the ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

He is also the founding president of the Global Campaign for Education, an exemplar civil society movement working to end the global education crisis, and GoodWeave International, which raises consumer awareness and positive action in the carpet industry.

To fulfil his vision of a world free of violence against children where all children are free, safe, healthy, educated, and have the opportunity to realize their potential, Mr. Satyarthi established the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to advocate for the creation and implementation of child-friendly policies through research, advocacy and campaigning to ensure the holistic development and empowerment of children.

Currently, Mr Satyarthi is spearheading the 100 Million campaign which aims to inspire and mobilize young people to stand up and act for their own rights and the rights of their peers, and to achieve the world's biggest youth mobilization to end violence against children, eradicate child labour and ensure education.


History of the Series


Recent Events

The 60th event in the Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series was held on Friday, March 23 and featured Lord Dr. Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International. Lord Hastings delivered a lecture entitled If Only I Had Planted a Tree: Distraction and the Billion Dollar Opportunity.