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Previous Lectures

Bill Nye the Science Guy
April 14, 2016

Peter Neufeld
October 27, 2015

Nina Totenberg
March 12, 2015

Tim Gunn
Sept. 17, 2014

Walter Isaacson
Nov. 21, 2013

Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Oct. 29, 2013

James Balog
April 3, 2013

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
Sept. 13, 2012

Twyla Tharp
"An Evening with Twyla Tharp"
April 4, 2011

Azar Nafisi
"The Republic of the Imagination"
October 27, 2010

Dr. Maya Angelou
"An Evening with Maya Angelou"
October 8, 2009

Bill Bryson
"You can go Home Again"
April 2, 2009

Thomas R. Pickering
October 10, 2008

Erik Peterson
April 9, 2008

Nicholas Kristof
September 25, 2007

Bob Costas
April 19, 2007

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
“An Evening of Social Responsibility, Radical Business Philosophy and Free Dessert for All”
October 3, 2006

David Chipperfield
April 6, 2006

Dr. Jane Goodall
“Reasons for Hope ”
September 22, 2005

Tim Russert
“Washington From the Inside Out”
April 26, 2005

Sarah Jones
"Waking the American Dream"
October 6, 2004

Salman Rushdie
"Step Across This Line"
March 30, 2004

Wynton Marsalis
"Leadership: The Creative Process" & Concert
October 22, 2003

Michael Beschloss
"Democracy in a Time of Crisis”
April 15, 2003

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
"A Perspective on Living with HIV"
December 3, 2002

Ken Burns
"American Lives: Mark Twain, Frank Lloyd Wright and More"
April 10, 2002

Bill Moyers
"The Aftermath of September 11"
Joined by Martin E. Marty, Moderated by James A. Autry.
November 12, 2001

Martin Marty & Archbishop Rembert Weakland
"The Situation of Pluralism: Catholic Faith, Other Christian Faiths, and the Faith of Non-Christians"
March 28, 2001

Marian Wright Edelman
"By What Shall We Live?"
March 8, 2000

Senator Paul Simon
"Changing Places: Higher Education's Changing Responsibilities at the Turn of the Millennium"
October 19, 1999

Doris Kearns Goodwin
"The Moral Authority of the Presidency"
March 17, 1999

David McCullough
"History as a Source of Strength"
March 18, 1998

Ben Bradlee
"The Newspaper Business, Then and Now"
October 13, 1997

Thomas Friedman
March 12, 1997

Today at Drake
University News
December 2, 2016
Twenty executives from 14 central Iowa companies have graduated from the Executive Education Center at Drake University’s Leading Others program. The intensive 18-month program enhances participants’ ability to lead organizations through times of stability and change.