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Bucksbaum Lecture

At Drake, we believe that access to influential world leaders is an exceptional way for you to experience thought-provoking ideas and develop into responsible global citizens. The Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lectureship is one of several programs at Drake that ensure you’ll have the opportunity to hear from and interact with individuals who have changed the world with their ideas and actions.

Presidents, media icons, CEOs, best-selling authors and other renowned figures have all taken the stage at Drake’s Knapp Center to opine on vital global issues as part of the Bucksbaum Lecture, held twice annually in Drake’s Knapp Center.

Admission to the lecture is free, and there’s always a Q&A session during which members of the audience are invited to pose questions. Because thousands of community members also attend, the lecture serves as a powerful tie between the University and the city of Des Moines.

Founded by Martin Bucksbaum, a former member of Drake’s governing board and leader in the Des Moines community, the lecture has become a cornerstone of the University’s commitment to promoting responsible global citizenship.

Past Bucksbaum lecturers have included:

Important Admission Dates

Now - Apply for Admission for Spring 2021, or Fall 2021

Now- Virtual Individual Admission Appointments

Now - Student-Guided Virtual Campus Tours

October 19 - Admission 101 livestream: The College Transfer Process

October 21 - Admission 101 livestream: The College Application Process

October 22 - Admission 101 livestream: The College Transfer Process

October 27 - Admission 101 livestream: Essay Writing

November 3 - Virtual Sneak Peek at Drake

November 7 - Virtual Sneak Peek at Drake

November 10 - Virtual Sneak Peek at Drake

November 18 - Admission 101 livestream: Paying for College & Financial Aid