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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 105 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.

Leslie Odom Jr., winner of this year's "Best Actor" Tony Award for the smash hit musical Hamilton, presented the first Ubben Lecturer of the 2016-17 academic year on September 20, 2016. 

Civil rights legend and presidential adviser Vernon E. Jordan '57 will speak as part of the inauguration ceremony for DePauw's twentieth president, D. Mark McCoy, on October 29.

Announcement of another Ubben Lecturer will be coming soon.

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.

Vernon E. Jordan Jr. '57

Civil Rights Legend & Presidential Adviser

- October 29, 2016

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Leslie Odom Jr.

Tony Award-Winning Hamilton Actor

- September 20, 2016

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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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