Distinguished Speakers

A reverse chronological list of the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speakers, 1993 to present.
Pictures of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sec. of State Colin Powell, U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, President George W. Bush, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Since 1993, more than 50 distinguished guests, including U.S. presidents, cabinet members, supreme court justices, and congressional and international leaders, have delivered talks at the University of Louisville as part of the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series.

The following guests (listed in reverse chronological order) are part of the the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series:

  1. US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), April 11, 2022: photos
  2. US Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Sept. 12, 2021: photos
  3. U.S. Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY, 3rd), Jan. 27, 2021: video
  4. US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Dec. 2, 2019: story, photos, short video
  5. Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey, Oct. 22, 2019
  6. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Oct. 4, 2019: story, photos
  7. US Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), April 1, 2019: videostory, photos
  8. Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, Nov. 16, 2018: video, story
  9. CIA Director Gina Haspel, Sept. 24, 2018: video, photos, story
  10. US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Feb. 12, 2018: video, photos, story
  11. US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Sept. 21, 2017
  12. US Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Oct. 21, 2016: video,photos,story
  13. US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Nov. 16, 2015: video,  photos, story
  14. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Jan. 12, 2015: video, photos, story
  15. US Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), March 17, 2014: video, photos, story
  16. US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), March 25, 2013: video, story
  17. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Sept. 24, 2012: video, photos, story
  18. CIA Director David H. Petraeus, Sept. 10, 2012: video, photos, story
  19. US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, March 1, 2012: video, photos, story 
  20. US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Oct. 31, 2011: video, photos, story
  21. US Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE), Feb. 11, 2011: video, photos, story
  22. US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), Nov. 8, 2010: video, photos, story
  23. former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam, April 12, 2010: photos, story
  24. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, April 9, 2010: video, photos, story
  25. US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Nov. 11, 2009: video, photos, story
  26. US Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, Nov. 11, 2009
  27. US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, April 18, 2009: video, photos, story
  28. US Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jan. 10, 2009
  29. Pulitzer Prize Winner for History Doris Kearns Goodwin, Feb. 11, 2008
  30. US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Oct. 15, 2007: photos
  31. US President George W. Bush (R-TX), March 2, 2007: photos
  32. Second Lady of the US Lynne Cheney, Sept. 18, 2006: video
  33. US Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), April 3, 2006: video, photos
  34. US Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sept. 19, 2005: video, photos
  35. US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Feb. 28, 2005: photos
  36. US Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Nov. 8, 2004: video, photos
  37. US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, March 8, 2004
  38. former US Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Oct. 17, 2003: photos
  39. US Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Sept. 22, 2003: story
  40. US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), March 3, 2003: photos
  41. US Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Sept. 9, 2002: photos
  42. US Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jan. 28, 2002
  43. US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Nov. 19, 2001: video, photos, story
  44. Pulitzer Prize Winner for Commentary George F. Will, April 9, 2001; video
  45. Prime Minister of Belize Said W. Musa, Feb. 12, 2001
  46. US Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Nov. 13, 2000
  47. British Ambassador to the US Christopher Meyer, KCMG, Oct. 30, 2000
  48. US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Sept. 11, 2000
  49. US Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), April 17, 2000: video
  50. former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, Jan. 31, 2000
  51. People's Republic of China Ambassador to the US Li Zhaoxing, Nov. 22, 1999
  52. US Representative Anne Northup(R-KY, 3rd), Sept. 13, 1999
  53. former US Secretary of State James BakerOct. 26, 1998
  54. US Secretary of State Madeleine AlbrightOct. 27, 1997
  55. Baron of Edmonton Thomas Edward Graham, Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Lords (Parliament of the United Kingdom), Sept. 19, 1996
  56. US Senator William Bradley (D-NJ), Feb. 12, 1996
  57. Arab Republic of Egypt Ambassador to the US Ahmed Maher El Sayed, Nov. 13, 1995
  58. US Deputy Secretary of State Nelson Strobridge Talbott, March 20, 1995
  59. Israeli Ambassador to the US Itamar Rabinovich, April 25, 1994
  60. former US Ambassador to Paraguay and El Salvador Robert White, March 24, 1994
  61. former US Secretary of State George Shultz, Oct. 5, 1993: video