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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 116 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.

On November 22, 2021, Olympic gold medalist, WNBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings came to DePauw for, "Your Star is Within Reach." The next Ubben Lecture 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 entries include summaries and video links.

Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings

Olympian & Basketball Hall of Famer

- November 22, 2021

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Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings

Jeopardy! Champion and Author

- February 25, 2020

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Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Educator, Author, Former US Secretary of State

- October 08, 2019

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John Kasich Jr.

John Kasich Jr.

Former Ohio Governor & Congressman, Author & Presidential Candidate

- January 31, 2019

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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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