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The Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series strives to connect the university and the Nashville community with leaders and visionaries who are shaping our world. For more information about the series, email


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The 2018-19 CLS season has come to an end. Lectures for the 2019-20 season will be announced starting in the fall.

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Previous Lecture Speakers Include:

Robert M. Gates Robert M. Gates
22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense
(2006-11); 15th Director of
Central Intelligence (1991-93)
Vice President Joe Biden Vice President Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States (2009-2017)
Chris Matthews Chris Matthews
Host, Hardball on MSNBC
Bestselling Author, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
Patrick J. Kennedy The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
March 13, 2018 | Watch video >>
Carly Fiorina Carly Fiorina
Jelani Cobb
Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University
Admiral James Stavridis
16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO
Sally Yates
Former Acting United States Attorney General
The Honorable Alberto Gonzales
Former United States Attorney General
Nina Totenberg
National Public Radio Legal Affairs Correspondent
Michael Sam
Former NFL Player
Nia Malika Henderson
CNN Senior Political Reporter
Charles Krauthammer
Pulitzer Prize-winning Syndicated Columnist
and Commentator
Peggy Noonan
The Wall Street Journal Columnist
Award for Media Excellence Recipient
Eugene Robinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist
The Washington Post and MSNBC Political Analyst
Harry Belafonte
Civil and human rights activist
Michael Beschloss
Award-winning historian
Annette Gordon-Reed
Pulitzer Prize-winning legal scholar and historian
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Former United States Attorney General