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