Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series

Professor, students talking at table
 Student using laptop on hallway bench
 Students moving through the lower atrium during class change
 Students make a presentation to Fifth Third Bank executives
 Students taking part in Chicago Ad Week hold up a Miami banner

The purpose of this lecture series is to expose students and faculty to opinion leaders whose ideas will impact business and society. These leaders have developed a national reputation for expertise related to the subject matter of their presentation.

Past distinguished lecturers include:


Cancelled due to illness


Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer.


Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient


Robert Gates, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient


George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist


Alan Simpson & Erskine Bowles, Co-Chairs - National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Previous Years

  • Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State
  • David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State and Retired Four-Star General
  • Sandra Day O'Connor, Former Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, Former President of the Soviet Union; Queen Noor of Jordan
  • Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City and John Major, Former British Prime Minister.