William S. Cohen Lecture Series

The biennial William S. Cohen Lecture Series, the signature program of the Cohen Institute, brings major public figures to campus for a public discussion of significant issues in U.S. politics and international affairs. Past speakers have included former heads of state, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, diplomats, military leaders, and prominent journalists. The events are typically hosted by Secretary Cohen.

**Due to the pandemic, we anticipate the next Cohen Lecture to be held in 2022. Please check back for updates.


2019

Secretary of State John F. Kerry

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2017

Secretary Andrew H. Card Jr. 

Ambassador Marc Grossman

“Assessing the First Year of an Unconventional Presidency”

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2015

General Joseph W. Ralston (Ret.) USAF

Ambassador Nicholas Burns

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2013

Senator Alan K. Simpson

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2011

National Security Advisor James L. Jones, General (Ret.), USMC

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2009

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr.

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2007

Bob Woodward, Washington Post

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2005

Dan Rather, CBS News 

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2003

Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

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2001

Senator John Glenn

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1999

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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1998

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen 

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