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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 112 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 Malala Yousafzai, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Goodall, Elie Wiesel, David Cameron, Leslie Odom Jr., Tony Blair, Benazir Bhutto, Jesse Jackson, Mikhail Gorbachev, Peyton Manning and Spike Lee.

The first Ubben Lecture of the 2018-19 academic year was presented by Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia since 2010 and the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, on Monday, October 22. He discussed "Global Citizenship: Now More Than Ever."

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 entries include summaries and video links.

Juan Manuel Santos

Juan Manuel Santos

Former Colombian President, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

- October 22, 2018

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Jenna Fischer

Jenna Fischer

Award-Winning Actress (The Office) & Author

- April 17, 2018

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David Hanson & Sophia

David Hanson & Sophia

CEO of Hanson Robotics & His Creation

- February 28, 2018

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Bill Rasmussen

Bill Rasmussen '54

Founder of ESPN, Entrepreneur

- November 08, 2017

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Activist, Author & Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

- September 04, 2017

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David Cameron

David Cameron

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

- December 08, 2016

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