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The 41st Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture

An Evening with Megan Rapinoe

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Drake University Knapp Center

US women’s national soccer team (USWNT) co-captain Megan Rapinoe will be interviewed in a moderated question and answer session for the 41st installment of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series at Drake University. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Knapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave. and is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The highly decorated two-time World Cup Champion and Olympic gold medalist is not only a successful women’s soccer player, but an outspoken advocate for equality. She has focused her efforts publicly on women’s rights, equal pay, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, and refugee rights.

Rapinoe is a fan favorite and one of the team’s most technical players. A vocal leader on and off the pitch, Megan helped lead the USWNT to the 2019 Women’s World Cup Championship scoring some of the biggest goals of the tournament. She took home the tournament’s two top honors: the Golden Boot for top scorer, and the Golden Ball for the best player in the tournament.

Rapinoe and her twin sister Rachel started the company Rapinoe SC, a soccer and performance training and lifestyle apparel business. The mission of their brand is to help people of all ages and backgrounds reach their full potential and Be Your Best You, both on and off the field. Additionally, Megan co-founded with teammates Re-Inc., a purposeful lifestyle brand.

For more information, contact Erica Hartschen, at 515-271-4990 or

Learn more about the Lectureship

The Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from the late Melva and Martin Bucksbaum. The Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lectureship Committee includes: Neil Hamilton (chair), Julian Archer, James Autry, Pamela Bass-Bookey, Michael Gartner, Janis Ruan, Mary Bucksbaum Scanlon, Marcia Wanamaker, and Eleanor Zeff.

Previous Lecturers

  • Lisa Ling
  • Douglas Brinkley
  • Billy Collins & Clint Smith
  • Krista Tippett
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Peter Neufeld
  • Nina Totenberg
  • Tim Gunn
  • Walter Isaacson
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • James Balog
  • Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
  • Vicente Fox
  • Garrison Keillor
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Dr. Azar Nafisi
  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Bill Bryson
  • Thomas R. Pickering
  • Erik Peterson
  • Nicholas Kristof
  • Bob Costas
  • Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
  • David Chipperfield
  • Dr. Jane Goodall
  • Tim Russert
  • Sarah Jones
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Michael Beschloss
  • Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
  • Ken Burns
  • Bill Moyers
  • Martin Marty & Archbishop Rembert Weakland
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Senator Paul Simon
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • David McCullough
  • Ben Bradlee
  • Thomas Friedman