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Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecturers

The history of the Ubben Lecture Series includes 29 years of speeches and class visits from some of the world's most recognized scholars, leaders and artists, with more than 100 programs presented since 1986.

Ubben Lecture Series Archives 1986-2015

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier '89

Attorney, Supreme Court Advocate
October 26, 2015

Yeonmi Park

North Korean Defector & Human Rights Activist
October 5, 2015

Andrew Luck

National Football League Quarterback
April 24, 2015

Dan Quayle '69

The 44th Vice President of the United States, Chairman of Cerberus Global Investments
March 31, 2015

Piper Kerman

Author, Orange Is the New Black
February 4, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel

Host and Executive Producer, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
November 8, 2014

David Brooks

New York Times Columnist and Author
October 4, 2014

Michio Kaku

Theoretical Physicist and Author
May 5, 2014

Martin Luther King III

Human Rights Advocate and Community Activist
November 21, 2013

Bret Baier '92

Fox News Channel Anchor
October 12, 2013

Ron Paul

Three-Time Presidential Candidate and Former Congressman
September 10, 2013

Jane Goodall

Primatologist, Ethologist, Anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace
April 17, 2013

Carl Bernstein

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author
February 13, 2013

Candy Crowley

CNN Chief Political Correspondent
September 25, 2012

Leymah Gbowee

Activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
February 15, 2012

Bill Clinton

The 42nd President of the United States, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation
November 18, 2011

Jimmy Wales and Nicholas Carr

Wikipedia Founder; Author of The Shallows
March 30, 2011

Lee Hamilton '52

Former Congressman and Veteran Statesman
March 15, 2011

Oscar Arias

Former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
December 8, 2010

Rebecca Skloot

Author, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
September 9, 2010

F.W. de Klerk
Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
May 7, 2010

Jason Reitman
Award-Winning Director and Screenwriter
March 15, 2010

Steven Levitt

Economist and Co-Author of SuperFreakonomics
November 30, 2009

Howard Dean and Karl Rove

Former Governor and DNC Chair; Former Senior Adviser to President George W. Bush
September 11, 2009

Jane Pauley
Award-Winning Journalist
April 17, 2009

Todd Rundgren

Musician, Producer and Technology Pioneer
April 8, 2009

David Plouffe

Obama 2008 Campaign Manager
February 2, 2009

Greg Mortenson

Author of Three Cups of Tea
November 13, 2008

Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain
March 3, 2008

Frank Warren
PostSecret Founder
November 26, 2007

Ralph Nader

Consumer Advocate & Presidential Candidate
September 27, 2007

Jim Alling '83

President, Starbucks USA
March 13, 2007

Mitch Albom

Best-Selling Author and Sportswriter
November 13, 2006

E.O. Wilson

Biologist and Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author
November 8, 2006

Charles Fishman

Author, The Wal-Mart Effect
April 18, 2006

Mikhail Gorbachev

Former Soviet Leader and Nobel Laureate
October 27, 2005

Naomi Wolf
Author and Feminist
September 21, 2005

Paul Rusesabagina
Real-Life Hero of Hotel Rwanda
April 25, 2005

Liz Murray
"Homeless to Harvard"
April 6, 2005

Peyton Manning

2003 National Football League Co-MVP
October 26, 2004

Sen. Richard G. Lugar

Chair, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
October 25, 2004

Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III
Former Presidential Envoy to Iraq
September 16, 2004

William S. Cohen

Former Defense Secretary, Senator & Congressman
April 22, 2004

Eric Schlosser

Author and Investigative Journalist
November 11, 2003

Paul A. Volcker

Former Federal Reserve Chairman
October 8, 2003

Gen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.)

Presidential Candidate and Military Analyst
September 23, 2003

Spike Lee

Director, Producer and Writer
April 3, 2003

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
Founders of "Ben & Jerry's" Ice Cream
November 18, 2002

Mike Krzyzewski
Head Basketball Coach, Duke University
September 12, 2002

Harry Belafonte
Entertainer and Human Rights Activist
September 7, 2002

David McCullough
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Historian and Television Host
March 18, 2002

Robert Gates

Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
December 3, 2001

Robert H. Waterston, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of the Genome Sequencing Center, Washington University
November 15, 2001

John Major
Former British Prime Minister
October 29, 2001

Burton L. Gerber

Retired CIA Officer
March 22, 2001

Norman J. Ornstein
Author, Columnist and CBS Election Analyst
November 16, 2000

Samuel E. Mann
Methodist Minister, Human Rights Spokesman
November 13, 2000

William J. Bennett

Former US Secretary of Education
March 2, 2000

Andrew Young

Former UN Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor
March 2, 2000

Julian Bond

NAACP Chairman, Civil Rights and Peace Activist
February 29, 2000

Oliver Sacks
Neurologist and Author, Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
October 28, 1999

Ferid Murad '58

1998 Nobel Laureate in Medicine
April 23, 1999

George Gilder

Economist, Technology Consultant and Commentator
April 16, 1999

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Historian and Best-Selling Author and Commentator
February 12, 1999

Alan Simpson

Retired US Senator, Attorney and Author
November 6, 1998

David R. Gergen

Presidential Advisor, Journalist and Political Commentator
October 14, 1998

Sam Donaldson

Correspondent, ABC News
May 8, 1998

Seymour Hersh

Pulitzer Prize-Winner and Author, The Dark Side of Camelot
December 9, 1997

Jonathan Kozol

Educator, Writer and Activist
November 12, 1997

Gloria Borger
Columnist, US News and World Report, and CBS News Analyst
November 5, 1997

Christopher Edley, Jr.
Senior Adviser to President Clinton and Author
November 5, 1997

Gwen Ifill
Correspondent, NBC News
October 28, 1997

Roger Wilkins
Educator, Writer, NPR Commentator and Activist
October 14, 1997

Bill Bradley

Former US Senator and Basketball Hall of Famer
September 10, 1997

Benazir Bhutto

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
May 7, 1997

Sister Helen Prejean
Prison Activist and Author of Dead Man Walking
April 30, 1997

Dr. David Ho

Time Magazine's 1996 Person of the Year, AIDS Researcher
April 16, 1997

Shimon Peres

Former Prime Minister of Israel and 1994 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
November 11, 1996

H. Ross Perot

Business Executive and Presidential Candidate
April 29, 1996

Barbara Bush

Former First Lady
March 20, 1996

James Lovell

Former Astronaut and Apollo 13 Commander
December 1, 1995

Bob Woodward

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Assistant Managing Editor, The Washington Post
December 2, 1994

General Colin Powell (Ret.)

Former Chairman, US Joint Chiefs of Staff
November 2, 1994

Lynne Cheney

Former Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities
October 7, 1994

Ken Burns

Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker
April 8, 1994

George Will

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist, Newsweek & The Washington Post
March 4, 1994

Allen Neuharth
Founder, USA Today
December 3, 1993

Brian Mulroney

Former Prime Minister of Canada
November 18, 1993

David S. Broder
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Commentator
November 12, 1993

Paul Tsongas

Former US Senator and Presidential Candidate
April 30, 1993

Carl Rowan

Journalist and Author
April 6, 1993

Leon Lederman
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
April 2, 1993

Tom Wicker
Author, Commentator and Former New York Times Columnist
March 12, 1993

Jesse Jackson

Civil Rights Leader and Two-Time Presidential Candidate
December 3, 1992

William J. Bennett

Former US Secretary of Education
September 30, 1992

Margaret Thatcher
Former Prime Minister of Great Britain
April 7, 1992

David R. Brower
January 25, 1991

Willy Brandt
Former Chancellor of West Germany and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
November 2, 1990

Lester C. Thurow

Economist and Author
March 9, 1990

Elie Wiesel

Author and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
September 21, 1989

William J. Bennett

Former US Secretary of Education
October 6, 1988

Zbigniew Brzezinski
Former National Security Adviser
March 4, 1988

Mary Frances Berry

Historian and Member of the US Commission on Civil Rights
November 6, 1987

Allan Bloom

Philosopher and Author, Closing of the American Mind
September 11, 1987

Gov. Richard Lamm

(D) Colorado
November 5, 1986