The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture brings the best and brightest public leaders to speak at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Endowed by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, this prestigious lecture series facilitates addresses from “men and women of the highest personal and professional stature, such as presidents, prime ministers and cabinet members, chief executive officers of corporations, visionary artists, and esteemed scholars.”
The lectures are open to the public as well as Duke University students and are meant to promote engaged and enlightened leadership. They are held in honor of the late Terry Sanford, a bold leader who served as North Carolina governor (1961-1965), U.S. senator (1986-1993), and president of Duke University (1969-1985).
USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will share his vision of American leadership through development innovation.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, reception to follow
Dr. Shah is head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Shah managed the U.S. government's response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, co-chaired the State Department's first review of American diplomacy and development operations, and now spearheads President Obama's landmark Feed the Future food security initiative.
Previous Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecturers include:
Derek Bok, former Harvard President
Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Joseph Lieberman, United States Senator
Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense
Yasuhiro Nakasone, former Prime Minister of Japan
Turgut Ozal, former President of Turkey
Shimon Peres, former Israeli Prime Minister
Óscar Arias Sánchez, former President of Costa Rica
Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
Juan Zarate, former Deputy Assistant to the President