Distinguished Speaker Series

Distinguished Speakers Series

A reverse chronological list of the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speakers, 1993 - present. Events were free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

2019

  • Oct. 4, 2019 (University Club): U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper - story, photos
  • April 1, 2019 (Ballroom A, Student Activities Center): U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) - videostory, photos

2018

  • Nov. 16, 2018 (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library): Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer - video, story
  • Sept. 24, 2018 (Bigelow Hall, Miller IT Center): Gina Haspel, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - video, photos (lecture, session with McConnell Scholars, visit to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary Elaine L. Chao Archives), story
  • Feb. 12, 2018 (Bigelow Hall, Miller IT Center): Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader (D-NY) - video, photos, story

2017

  • Sept. 21, 2017 (Comstock Auditorium, UofL School of Music): Neil Gorsuch: U.S. Supreme Court Justice

2016

  • Oct. 21, 2016 (Bigelow Hall, Miller IT Center): Joni Ernst, U.S. Senator (R-IA) - video,photos,story,

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

  • Nov. 11, 2009 (Cardinal Stadium): John McCain, U.S. Senator (R-AZ) - video, photos, transcript, story
  • Nov. 11, 2009: Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Sec. of Labor (R-KY)
  • April 18, 2009 (Cardinal Arena): John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice - video, photos, transcript, story
  • Jan. 10, 2009: Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator (R-KY) - video

2008

  • Feb. 11, 2008: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize Winner for History

2007

  • Oct. 15, 2007: Harry Reid, U.S. Senator (D-NV) - photos
  • March 2, 2007: George W. Bush, U.S. President (R-TX) - photos

2006

  • Sept. 18, 2006: Lynne Cheney, Second Lady of the U.S. - video
  • April 3, 2006: Edward M. Kennedy, U.S. Senator (D-MA) - video, photos

2005

  • Sept. 19, 2005: Richard Lugar, U.S. Senator (D-MA) - video, photos
  • Feb. 28, 2005: Kay Bailey Hutchinson, U.S. Senator (R-TX) - photos

2004

  • Nov. 8, 2004: Joe Lieberman, U.S. Senator (D-CT) - video, photos
  • March 8, 2004 (Cardinal Stadium): Condoleezza Rice, U.S. National Security Advisor

2003

  • Oct. 17, 2003: William S. Cohen, U.S. Sec. of Defense (R-ME) - photos
  • Sept. 22, 2003 (Bigelow Hall): Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Senator (R-NC) - story
  • March 3, 2003: Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator (D-VT) - photos

2002

  • Sept. 9, 2002: Phil Gramm, U.S. Senator (R-TX) - photos
  • Jan. 28, 2002: Barbara Mikulski, (D-MD)

2001

  • Nov. 19, 2001 (Comstock Hall): Colin Powell, U.S. Sec. of State (R) - video, photos, story
  • April 9, 2001: George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize Winner for Commentary
  • Feb. 12, 2001: Said W. Musa, Prime Minister of Belize

2000

  • Nov. 13, 2000: Christopher Dodd, U.S. Senator (D-CT)
  • Oct. 30, 2000: Christopher Meyer, KCMG, British Ambassador
  • Sept. 11, 2000: Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • April 17, 2000: Robert C. Byrd, U.S. Senator (D-WV) -video
  • Jan. 31, 2000: William J. Perry, U.S. Sec. of Defense (D)

1999

  • Nov. 22, 1999: Li Zhaoxing, People's Republic of China Ambassador
  • Sept. 13, 1999: Anne Northup, U.S. House of Representatives (R-KY)

1998

  • Oct. 26, 1998: James Baker, U.S. Sec. of State (R)

1997

  • Oct. 27, 1997: Madeleine Albright, U.S. Sec. of State (D)

1996

  • Sept. 19, 1996: Thomas Edward Graham, Baron of Edmonton, Labour Co-operative
  • Feb. 12, 1996: William Bradley, U.S. Senator (D-NJ)

1995

  • Nov. 13, 1995: Ahmed Maher El Sayed, Arab Republic of Egypt Ambassador
  • March 20, 1995: Nelson Strobridge Talbott, U.S. Deputy Sec. of State (D)

1994

  • April 25, 1994: Itamar Rabinovich, Israeli Ambassador
  • March 24, 1994: Robert White, U.S. Ambassador

1993

  • Oct. 5, 1993: George Schultz, U.S. Sec. of State (R)