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Ubben Lecture Series

The Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series brings the world's leaders to DePauw's campus.

A notable list of eminent individuals from a variety of backgrounds — including politicians, scientists, journalists, artists and human rights activists — have presented 103 Ubben Lectures since the series began in 1986 through a gift from 1958 graduates Tim and Sharon Ubben. All of the programs are free and open to the public.

Past speakers have included Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Goodall, Elie Wiesel, Tony Blair, Benazir Bhutto, Jesse Jackson, Mikhail Gorbachev and Spike Lee.

Arne Duncan, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2009 until the end of last year, will come to DePauw to speak on April 21, 2016.

Earlier in the 2015-16 academic year, the campus heard from Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, the attorney and 1989 DePauw University graduate whose arguments helped persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage last summer, and Yeonmi Park, whose defection from North Korea is chronicled in her book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom.

Recent Speakers 

A list of DePauw's most recent Ubben Lecturers is available below, and a roster of all speakers is available in the Ubben Lecture Archives. Most include summaries and video links.

Arne Duncan

Former US Secretary of Education

- April 21, 2016

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Douglas Hallward-Driemeier '89

Attorney, Supreme Court Advocate

- October 26, 2015

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Yeonmi Park

North Korean Defector & Human Rights Activist

- October 05, 2015

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Andrew Luck

National Football League Quarterback

- April 24, 2015

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Dan Quayle '69

The 44th Vice President of the United States, Chairman of Cerberus Global Investments

- March 31, 2015

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Piper Kerman

Author, Orange Is the New Black

- February 04, 2015

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