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Josh Ostrovsky, a controversial comedian and Instagram sensation who calls himself "The Fat Jew" is among the six notables in Johns Hopkins University's speaker series this fall.
Josh Ostrovsky, a controversial comedian and Instagram sensation who calls himself "The Fat Jew" is among the six notables in Johns Hopkins University's speaker series this fall. (John Salangsang / Associated Press)

Hot-button comedian Joel Ostrovsky, who calls himself "The Fat Jew," former vice-presidential candidate Joe Lieberman and Baltimore author and social critic D. Watkins will visit the Johns Hopkins University campus this fall to air their at-times controversial views.

They're among six people at the forefront of American culture who will deliver free public lectures as part of the undergraduate-run Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium speaker series at Shriver Hall.

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The speakers, who were announced in a university news release, include:

Lauren Bush Lauren is a fashion model and designer -- as well as founder and CEO of FEED, an organization that sells tote bags, T-shirts and other products to feed the hungry. Lauren's talk at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 will be followed by a benefit dinner for FEED at 7:30 p.m.

D. Watkins will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. The Baltimore native has written opinion pieces for, among other organizations, The Guardian newspaper and The New York Times. His first book, an essay collection called "The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America" was released earlier this month. His lecture is titled, "Baltimore Uprising: The People's Perspective."

Joe Lieberman, a former U.S. Senator from Connecticut and vice-presidential candidate, will speak at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, answering the question "What Can We Expect From Washington This Year?" Lieberman was Al Gore's running mate in 2000 during the closest election in U.S. history. The U.S. Supreme Court justices voted five to four to stop the recount of ballots in Florida, and George W. Bush took the victory.

Alan Dershowitz, a famed criminal defense attorney, will lecture at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 about "Global Perspectives on Justice and Civil Liberties." Dershowitz has represented such celebrity clients as Patty Hearst, Mike Tyson and Jim Bakker. His most notable cases include his role in overturning Claus von Bulow's conviction for murdering his wife, Sunny, and as an appellate adviser for the defense in O.J. Simpson's murder trial.

Ava DuVernay, director of the Academy Award-nominated film, "Selma," will speak at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17. The 2014 movie chronicles Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic 1965 march through Alabama. DuVernay became the first female African-American director to be nominated for a best picture Oscar.

Josh Ostrovsky, the comedian and Instagram phenomenon known as "The Fat Jew" will speak at 8 p.m. on Dec. 1. Last month, Ostrovsky admitted that he has plagiarized the jokes of other comics over the years, apologized and pledged to mend his ways.

Though all lectures are free, the public is admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seats can be purchased for any single lecture for $25. For details, go to jhumsesymposium.org.

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