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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

Madeleine Albright

Former Director of National Intelligence Warns About World Threats 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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