Distinguished Global Leader Series

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The Distinguished Global Leader Series is a new initiative at the Honors College which focuses on bringing global leaders to campus for short-term engagements and longer-term in-residence commitments. The visiting global leaders share their knowledge and experience with Honors students by participating in small and large group events, including keynote speeches, guest lectures in courses and coffee and conversation discussions.


Elisabeth Rehn: Former Defense Minister of Finland (1990-1995), Undersecretary General of the United Nations (1995-1999)

Condoleezza Rice: US National Security Advisor (2001-2005), US Secretary of State (2005-2009)


Anson Chan: Chief Secretary of Hong Kong (1993-2001)

Carlos Gianelli: Uruguayan Ambassador to the United States (2015-Present)

Dan Quayle: US Vice President (1989-1993)

Vaira Vike-Freiberga: President of Latvia (1999-2007)


Simon Adams: Executive Director-Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

F.W. de Klerk: President of South Africa (1989-1994)

Louise Frechette: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General (1997-2006)

Guillaume Long: Minister of Culture and Heritage of Ecuador (2015-2016), Foreign Minister of Ecuador (2016-2017)


José Ramos-Horta: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1996), President of the Republic of Timor-Leste (2007-2012)

PJ Patterson: Prime Minister of Jamaica (1992-2006)