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Chancellor’s Lecture Series



Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: “A Passion for Leadership: Reflecting on 50 Years of Public Service”

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Langford Auditorium

Discussion & Q+A

This event is not ticketed. Admission is free and on a first come, first seated basis.

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host a discussion on Tuesday, April 24, featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham.

The panel, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Langford Auditorium on the Vanderbilt campus, is titled “A Passion for Leadership: Reflecting on 50 Years of Public Service.” Prior to the event, audience members may submit questions at a table in the lobby to be asked by Zeppos during the last 15 minutes of the lecture. The discussion is the final Chancellor’s Lecture Series event for 2017-18. Read more >>

Being an American is more than just passing an exam about United States history and the Constitution. It is more than one’s knowledge and beliefs. Being an American is also about a willingness to put oneself in harm’s way to defend the country. It is about honor and duty.

The Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series strives to connect the university and the Nashville community with intellectuals who are shaping our world. For more information about the series, email, or follow @Nick_Zeppos on Twitter.



Previous Lecture Speakers

Patrick J. Kennedy The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
Congressman, Rhode Island (1995-2011)
Founder, The Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health
Carly Fiorina Carly Fiorina
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP presidential candidate
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

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