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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 -- more than 100 in all -- have included Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Goodall, Elie Wiesel, Tony Blair, Benazir Bhutto, Jesse Jackson, Mikhail Gorbachev and Spike Lee.

The first Ubben Lecturer for the 2016-17 academic year will be announced 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.

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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