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Rubenstein Lecturers

Named for benefactor David M. Rubenstein, a Duke alumnus and chair of Duke’s Board of Trustees, this endowed lecture series brings high-profile thought leaders and policy makers to campus each year. 

The inaugural lecture of the David M. Rubenstein Distinguished Lecture series. Named for a Duke alumnus, benefactor and former chair of Duke’s Board of Trustees, the speaker series brings distinguished public policy experts to the university.  This event is part of the yearlong centennial celebration of the late Terry Sanford, Duke’s president from 1970-1985.

Rubenstein Lectures To Date

Paul Farmer

Building Capacity is the Path to Global Health Equity February 2020

Paul Farmer on stage with host

If the global health community has a rock star, it’s Paul Farmer. A physician and medical anthropologist who is internationally known for his work with people living in poverty, Farmer gave the David Rubenstein lecture in Page Auditorium in conversation with Sanford Associate Professor Manoj Mohanan on Wednesday.  A Duke alumnus, Farmer joked that he used to come to Page for rock concerts, and that he and John Bolton would perform a duet later. Farmer flew in from Rwanda, where he has been involved in the establishment of the University of Global Health Equity, which opened last year.

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Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Stresses Threats to Democracy, Role of Citizens  February 2019

 Shaun King, Duke UniversityFormer U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was both humorous and somber Thursday during a dialogue with Judith Kelley, dean of the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, about threats to democracy, foreign policy and the responsibilities of citizenship.  Describing herself as having attended college “sometime between the invention of the iPad and the discovery of fire,” Albright, 81, delivered the David M. Rubenstein Lecture to a full house in Page Auditorium. She served as secretary of state during the Clinton administration, and was the first woman to serve in that role.

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James Clapper 

Former Director of National Intelligence Warns About World Threats March 2018

James Clapper PC Megan MendenhallJames Clapper spoke at the Sanford School of Public Policy about the cyber security challenges facing the United States.  Clapper served as director of national intelligence under President Obama between 2010 and 2017, at the Defense Intelligence Agency under President George H.W. Bush, and as director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in President George W. Bush’s administration.  Clapper’s lecture, moderated by Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy, was the inaugural lecture of the David M. Rubenstein Distinguished Lecture series. 

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