Michael Beschloss and Jon Meacham with David Gergen
The Hart Lecture
Monday, September 21, 2020
Political analyst David Gergen leads a timely discussion with two award-winning historians. Michael Beschloss’ new book, Presidents of War, is an epic study of power, leadership and human nature. Jon Meacham’s No. 1 bestseller, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, examines the present by looking back at critical times when hope overcame division and fear.
David Axelrod and Karl Rove *
The Jones Day Lecture
Friday, October 9, 2020
The master strategists reach across the aisle to demystify the political campaign process and discuss the issues, just six months before the 2020 U.S. presidential election. David Axelrod served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and hosts The Axe Files podcast. Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor under President George W. Bush, writes a weekly column for The Wall Street Journal. Together, they share a deep commitment
to the democratic process.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Spike Lee, award-winning writer, director, actor and producer, revolutionized the film industry. His essential perspective and independent spirit have inspired a generation of artists. With more than 50 movies to his credit, he won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. He also has earned accolades for his documentaries, sports programs and commercial work. Lee has published six titles on his career and co-authored three children's books with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.
Arthur C. Brooks
November 17, 2020
Classical French horn player, conservative policy theorist and professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, Arthur C. Brooks defies easy categorization. Culture, economics and politics meet in his research on leveraging business techniques to solve social problems. He is the author of 11 books, a columnist for The Atlantic and host of the podcast The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks. The intrepid economist is the subject of the documentary The Pursuit.
Tammie Jo Shults
The Comerica Bank Lecture
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Tammie Jo Shults gained national attention in 2018 when she saved 148 lives by successfully landing a plummeting Southwest Airlines Boeing 737. After an engine exploded at high altitude, she guided the plane to safety in Philadelphia. The unflappable airline captain developed her aviation expertise as one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the U.S. Navy. She’s the author of Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge.
The Tolleson Family Lecture
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Award-winning journalist Kara Swisher chronicles the growing impact of technology on every aspect of our world. She is the host of the Pivot podcast and executive producer of the Code Conference, a legendary event made famous by her unscripted Red Chair interviews with tech titans. She also is a contributing writer to The New York Times opinion section and appears weekly on NBC.
The Gaedeke Group Lecture
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Triple-threat Bob Costas is the only person to have won Emmy Awards for sports, news and entertainment. Over the past three decades, he has played a prominent role in coverage of every major sport. Costas first came to national attention with Major League Baseball’s Game of the Week in the 1980s and later became an iconic presence during his coverage of 12 Olympic Games. In 2012, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Zanny Minton Beddoes *
The Gaedeke Group Lecture
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Named one of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” by Forbes, Zanny Minton Beddoes is editor-in-chief of The Economist. A renowned global economics expert, Beddoes adeptly interprets the impact of new developments in business and industry in the broader context of world events, from emerging markets and the E.U. to corporate America and U.S. politics. The first female editor in The Economist’s 170+ year history, she is the recipient of two Loeb Awards for distinguished business and financial journalism.
Adm. William H. McRaven
The Oncor Lecture
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Drawing from his extraordinary experiences, retired U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven imparts wisdom about teamwork, personal accountability, resilience and leadership. A Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid in 2011, he has advised former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama on defense issues. As chancellor of the University of Texas System, he oversaw 14 institutions that educated 220,000 students. His leadership and service have garnered numerous national honors.
The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
As an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, Paul Nicklen captures the beauty and plight of our planet. Inspired by his Arctic childhood and informed by his marine biology training, Nicklen combines art, adventure and advocacy as an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine and the co-founder of SeaLegacy, a nonprofit devoted to ocean conservation. The recipient of more than 30 prestigious photography awards, Nicklen is the youngest person ever inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame.