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Chancellor’s Lecture Series Archives

Past Lectures on Video:

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Sally Yates, Former Acting United States Attorney General

The Presidency and the Rule of Law: A Conversation about Justice Past and Present
Former United States Acting Attorney General Sally Yates joined Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham for a timely and enlightening discussion on the evolving view of justice.

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Former United States Attorney General Judge Alberto Gonzales, and National Public Radio Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg

Battle Supreme: Round II The Future of the Nation’s Highest Court
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham joined former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg for an in-depth look at the implications that come with appointing the ninth justice to the nations highest court. From the impact on key legal fields to how the appointment lays the foundation for the next Supreme Court vacancy, Chancellor Zeppos and this team of renowned legal experts engaged in a thought-provoking conversation on the future of the Supreme Court.

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Michael Sam
Former NFL Player

Michael Sam is an American football defensive end who made history when he came out as gay ahead of the NFL draft, making him the first openly-LGBT player to be drafted in any major American sport. Since his announcement, through scrutiny, criticism and unreserved admiration, he has become an icon and pioneer for the LGBT community.

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CNN Senior Political Reporter

Charles Krauthammer
Pulitzer Prize-winning Syndicated Columnist
and Commentator

CNN’s Nia Malika Henderson and Pulitzer-Prize winners Charles Krauthammer and Jon Meacham joined Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for a reflection on the Presidential election and a forward look at what’s next for our country.

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The Wall Street Journal Columnist
Award for Media Excellence Recipient

Eugene Robinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist
The Washington Post and MSNBC Political Analyst

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos joins The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham for a discussion on the upcoming presidential election and the future of our country.

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The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Eric Holder, Jr.82nd Attorney General of the United States on “Principled Leadership: The Courage to Face Challenge”

Chancellor Zeppos welcomed the Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States as he candidly shared anecdotes from his personal life and time in the Justice Department.

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Harry Belafonte Michael Beschloss Annette Gordon-Reed

Civil and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, award-winning historian Michael Beschloss, and Pulitzer Prize-winning legal scholar and historian Annette Gordon-Reed joined Jon Meacham and Chancellor Zeppos to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act. This important conversation traced America’s journey from 1965-2015 and thoughtfully contemplated our country’s path forward.
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Civil and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, award-winning historian Michael Beschloss, and Pulitzer Prize-winning legal scholar and historian Annette Gordon-Reed spoke at the Chancellors Lecture Series on January 13, 2015. You can watch video here. (VUnetID and password required.)


Governor Jeb Bush spoke at the Chancellor’s Lecture Series October 28, 2014. You can watch video here. (VUnetID and password required.)

Watch a clip of the Nov. 5 talk from “Morning Joe”. (skip to 1:59 mark)


Watch: Tom Brokaw, Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham, and Arthur Schlesinger’s sons Stephen and Andrew on The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Nov. 5, 2013.


Nicholas Kristof spoke at the Chancellor’s Lecture Series January 31, 2013. You can watch video here. (VUnetID and password required.)


Chancellor’s Lecture Series photos:

A Conversation between Florida’s 43rd Governor Jeb Bush and Jon Meacham

Governor Jeb Bush, Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham, and Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos

Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham, and MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough