Distinguished Lectures


Goldman Sachs Distinguished Lecture Series

The Goldman Sachs Distinguished Lecture is made possible through the generosity of Goldman Sachs in memory of Mr. Michael P. Mortara. The lecture is held annually for students, faculty, and visiting dignitaries, and features an internationally-recognized scholar or government official. Past speakers have included Lawrence Summers, Samuel Huntington, John Ruggie, Robert Rubin, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf, and U.S. Senator Russell Feingold.

Distinguished Lecture in Modern International History

This event brings a prominent contemporary historian to Georgetown to present his/her ideas on an aspect of recent history related to international relations. The inaugural lecture was given by Yale University Historian John Lewis Gaddis on February 1st, 2006. Past historians included Paul Kennedy, of Yale University, presenting on "The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations" and "History from the Middle: How The Second World War Was Won, January 1943-June 1944", Professor Niall Ferguson from Harvard University on "The Problem of Conjecture: American Strategy after the Bush Doctrine," and Margaret MacMillan on "Is History Any Use in International Relations?". Most recently, James Belich, Beit Professor of Commonwealth and Imperial History at Oxford University presented on "Settler Races? Comparing European Migrations, 1500-1800.'

Illuminati Dinner Series

The Illuminati Dinner Series provides an opportunity for students to spend an intimate evening conversing over dinner at Mortara with Georgetown's distinguished, high profile faculty or visiting guests. Students have had the honor of discussing current events with Madeleine Albright (former Secretary of State and Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy), Chuck Hagel (Secretary of Defense and former Georgetown faculty), Jose Maria Aznar (former Prime Minister of Spain), Thomas Pickering (former Ambassador) and most recently with Robert S. Mueller (former FBI Director).